The Successful Mind Podcast - Full Throttle Thursday - Inventing Anna

The Successful Mind Podcast – Episode 477 – Full Throttle Thursday – Inventing Anna

SPOILER ALERT: If you have plans to watch the Netflix limited Series, Inventing Anna,
you may want to hold off on listening to this until after you’ve seen the show.

The new Netflix limited series, Inventing Anna,  gives a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a classic narcissist—Anna Delvey, aka Anna Sorokin, an Instagram influencer who charmed her way into stealing money from New York’s social elite.

The show is told from the point of view of Vivian Kent, a journalist who interviews people who were impacted by Anna’s schemes and charms. Anna is played spectacularly by Julia Garner from the hit series Ozark.

In today’s episode BT and I, along with my CEO, Steph Tuss, discuss some of our takeaways from binging the show:


    • Why Steph relates to Anna Delvey, in the sense of being “underestimated” in life
    • How Anna learned to manipulate as a child, from seeing that her father could completely destroy people—and how Anna learns and grows in her ability to manipulate throughout the show
    • How Anna had no boundaries and no barriers on when to stop—she knew which buttons to press, and if one button didn’t work, she’d switch her tactic midstream
    • How narcissists hook us in by finding out what we want and feeding it back to us
    • How a narcissist is like a Velociraptor testing the fence in Jurassic Park, trying to find a weakness so it can rip you apart
    • The book Trust by Iyanla Vanzant—and how you should determine who you want in your life based on their “performance data”


We’re constantly putting people into the structure of whatever our own internal story is. That’s why many of us are susceptible to narcissists. I highly recommend watching Inventing Anna for its fascinating psychological perspective on human behavior.


Links & Resources

The Successful Mind Podcast on YouTube – Episode 477: Full Throttle Thursday – Inventing Anna

How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler

@theannadelvey on Instagram

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