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Monday, 30 July 2012

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissism is a term used to describe a focus on the self and self-admiration that is taken to an extreme. The word “narcissism” comes from a Greek myth in which a handsome young man named Narcissus sees his reflection in a pool of water and falls in love with it.

Narcissistic personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called dramatic personality disorders. People with these disorders have intense, unstable emotions, and a distorted self-image. Narcissistic personality disorder is further characterized by an abnormal love of self, an exaggerated sense of superiority and importance, and a preoccupation with success and power. However, these attitudes and behaviors do not reflect true self-confidence. Instead, the attitudes conceal a deep sense of insecurity and a fragile self-esteem. People with this personality disorder also tend to set unrealistic goals.

In many cases, people with narcissistic personality disorder:
1.Are self-centered and boastful
2. Seek constant attention and admiration
3. Consider themselves better than others
4. Exaggerate their talents and achievements
5. Believe that they are entitled to special treatment
6. Are easily hurt but might not show it
7. Might take advantage of others to achieve their goals

Other common traits of narcissistic personality disorder include the following:
a. Preoccupation with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power, intelligence, beauty, or love
b. Belief that he or she is “special” and unique, and can only be understood by other special people
c. Expectation that others will automatically go along with what he or she wants
d. Inability to recognize or identify with the feelings, needs, and viewpoints of others
e. Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her
f. Hypersensitivity to insults (real or imagined), criticism, or defeat, possibly reacting with rage, shame, and humiliation
g. Arrogant behavior and/or attitude ... read more>>>...