Dr Kate Derry
Dr Kate Derry is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia. She is trained as a social and developmental psychologist and her research investigates the expression and development of sense of self and personality in children, adolescents, and adults. Kate is also one of Australia’s foremost authorities on the construct of narcissism. The core premise of her work is that how people think about themselves can determines how they function, both externally, in their work and relationships, as well as internally, in their physical and mental wellbeing. Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and has been presented to academic and professional audiences in Australia and internationally. Since completing her PhD, Kate has worked with organisations, clinicians, educators, and government to optimise human performance and well-being.
Narcissistic traits in children - what does it look like, where does it come from, and is it so bad?
The terms ‘narcissism’ or ‘narcissist’ are widely used and often misunderstood. What is narcissism and what does it mean, for the individual and for society? Most of us understand narcissism as a pejorative term that describes a personality disorder characterised by excessive self-importance and entitlement. Yet, in smaller doses, it often seems that narcissism is a trait that is necessary to succeed in the modern world and to be ‘liked’. Particularly in childhood, is some form of narcissism normative or beneficial to facing the challenges of the school day? And if not, why is it so popular? In this talk, I will challenge some common misconceptions about narcissism and self-esteem and explore how self-appraisal influences our emotions and performance. I will also offer some insights into how to identify narcissistic traits and what parents and schools can do to help guide the development of a stable sense of self amidst a culture of self-enhancement.