Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), is one of several types of psychological disorders and it’s mainly characterized by self-centeredness.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is commonly used on those who seem to value and more concerned with themselves than with others. Often described as a pervasive disorder with lack of empathy, and an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, approximately 30 million American adults are affected by at least one personality disorder. And that narcissistic personality disorder affects an estimated 1-percent of these individuals, which is more common among men than women.
It is confirmed by the DSM-5 Criteria (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), published by the American Psychiatric Association, that, you have Narcissistic Personality Disorder if you notice the following signs:
A constant urge for Praise
Frequent and excessive desire for attention compliments, deference, and affirmation without achievements that warrants them.
Narcissists indulge in daydreaming about being successful, getting power, and beauty. They tend tobe furious when someone confronts them with the reality.
Believing you are superior and can only associate with other people of the same status
To Narcissists, others are worthless. And so they believe the best they could do is to only associate with those of same calibre.
Taking the advantages of others to acquire what they want.
Without caring or wanting to know the bad effect it has on other people, narcissists trade on the joy of others i.e. they use other people to get what they want.
Exaggerating one’s talent / opportunity.
Often termed Grandiosity; Narcissists boast more of their achievements, talents and whatever they have as if others are mere spectators.
Being Envious and Arrogant.
A deep-rooted chronic envy is one of the obvious signs of narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissist treats other people as second fiddle or trash.
Narcissism is a behavior problem that needed to be tamed at the early stage. If you then noticed any of the afore-listed signs, endeavor to reach out to a mental health provider.
Read also: 3 Ways to spot an Emotional Manipulator
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Some explanations on this page were gotten from Mayo Clinic and ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’, 4th edition, 1994.
For more explanation on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, you can read the followings:
The Everything Guide to Narcissistic Personality Disorder: – By Cynthia Lechan Goodman
Disarming the Narcissist: Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed – By Wendy Terrie Behary LCSW
Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder – By Bill Eddy