Narcissistic Personality Disorder

I read an incredibly interesting article in the FT Weekend magazine about narcissism.

It includes this list of character traits which are typical of a victim of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Strikes me that it might be pretty common…

NPD – the diagnosis

A victim of narcissistic personality disorder will exhibit at least five of the following traits

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance

2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3. A belief that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4. A requirement for excessive admiration

5. A sense of entitlement – unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

6. Interpersonal exploitativeness – taking advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

7. A lack of empathy and an unwillingness to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others

8. Enviousness of others – along with the belief that others are envious of him or her

9. A tendency to arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV

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2 thoughts on “Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  1. Narcissistic says:

    Narcissism is common, it’s an initial part of every human being. Narcissistic Personality Disorder on the other hand is not common at all. It’s very important to understand traits of narcissism in a person do not mean he/she has full blown personality disorder.

  2. donnacht says:

    After being in a relationship with someone with a NPD i can only say that even given the signs above you won’t recognise it until too late. We all might display one or two of the above signs but the bigger picture you won’t see unless you cacth them in the act- and Vanda was very careful i didn’t see that side of her. If you love someone it’s even harder to see- their ability to distort reality around you leaving you unsure of what’s real or not- whether it’s you thats the problem, feeling a failure when in reality they never felt a damn thing for you whilst trying to get you to commit to them when they will never will to you because you are nothing but a narcisitic supply source. There isn’t a real person there it’s a ll completely false. And be very careful about leaving one- a woman scorned has nothing on a woman with a NPD scorned. Prepare your friends, family and a solicitor.

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