Sofiana Milioritsa

Country: Greece
Organization: private practice

Short CV

My name is Sofiana Milioritsa and I was born in 1975, in Athens Greece.
I earned a BA from the University of Athens and to Master’s Degrees. The first one from the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc) and a the second one from LaSalle University MA in Clinical Counselling Psychology. Furthermore, I earned my Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and my Certificate in EFT (Emotional Focused Therapy in Couples). I have collaborated with many organisations and NGO focusing on marginalised populations like the Romas. For this work I was awarded a grant for working with young Roma girls. Since 2008 I have been working as a Person Centred Counsellor in my own private practice.

Apart from therapy, I have lectured for 12 years psychology students on behalf of Greenwich University and SUNY Empire State University. Among the courses are taught are Intro to Psychology, Counselling Theories and Abnormal Psychology.

Currently, I collaborate with the Open University of People. My scientific interests are focused on attachment theory and cyber psychology. I strongly believe that theoretical knowledge is a thesaurus when applied. I am a mother of one.

Short presentation

Title: The necessary existence of inner and outer voices in narcissism, gender varieties, narcissistic voices in individualistic and collectivistic cultures for the polyphony of society

The emergence of the so-called narcissistic personality is viewed through the lenses of the person centred approach with reference to the concepts of (un)conditional positive regard and ego configurations. In addition, the parenting style that is characterised by lack of empathy will be explored for its connection to the narcissistic traits. I will expand on the outcome of the incongruent voices that the individual experiences, like the inner critical voices and the outer dominant, grandiose, offensive etc. voices. How is this incongruence felt? Is their quest for acceptance constantly experienced as a partial self-actualisation? Are these voices interwoven at any point? Gender differences in the expression of the narcissistic personality trait is presented based on scientific evidence. What are the similarities and differences between masculine voices and feminine voices? Narcissism is expressed in different ways in collectivistic and individualistic societies. Overt and covert ways of expression are discussed. Finally the necessity of narcissistic voices in the polyphony of the western societies is explored by drawing examples from the field Evolutionary Psychology.