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Reflections on the Relationship Between Narcissism and the Felt Sense of Grievance with David Stevens, Ph.D. (Lecture)

  • February 19, 2021
  • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual using Zoom.
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Description: In this presentation, we will explore, from a psychoanalytic point of view, the phenomenon of feeling aggrieved. A sense of grievance and efforts to redress feeling aggrieved can evoke inchoate aggressive responses both from individuals and from groups. But there are occasions where the felt sense of grievance can lead individuals and groups to progressive, assertive, and adaptive behavior. Grievance will be looked at from a granular level towards understanding its power as a behavioral activator. The relationship of envy, “fairness”, self-esteem, self-regard, and omnipotence to an individual’s inclination towards the experience of grievance and their mode of “metabolizing” grievance will be discussed.


  1. Describe the powerful role of grievance as a factor in spawning both anti-social expression of aggression as well as pro-social expressions of assertive behavior.

  2. Analyze the role of narcissistic vulnerability in spawning aggression.

Biography:  David Stevens, Ph.D. is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who works with adolescents and adults. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado and received his psychoanalytic training at the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where he has been a faculty member for more than twenty-five years, teaching courses on psychoanalytic theory and technique as well as being a Training and Supervising Analyst for the past fifteen years. In addition, he is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he teaches psychiatric residents the principles of psychodynamic thought. He is the co-author with Jim Grigsby of the Neurodynamics of Personality published in 2000. He has a longstanding interest in participating in the mutually enriching conversations that can occur at the intersection of psychoanalytic thought and the humanities.

Cost: While this event is free and open to the public, there is a fee for those who would like to receive CME credit. Please choose the appropriate level when registering.

  • CME credit for DPS Members: $20
  • CME credit for non DPS Members: $30
  • No CME credit: Free - $0

Registration: This lecture will take place virtually using Zoom. Registration is required. Registration will close on February 18, 2021. The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the start of the event.

Confidentiality: During lectures, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of this lecture. No recording of case material is allowed. 

CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, attend the entire session and complete an evaluation within 14 days after the program.  CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event after attendees are cross referenced by registration, payment, sign-in, and completion of the evaluation. 

Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy:  There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 7 days of the event.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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