The Narcissist And His Family

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Question: Is there a “typical” relationship between the narcissist and his family? Answer: We are all members of a few families in our lifetime: the one that we are born to and the one(s) that we create. We all transfer hurts, attitudes, fears, hopes and desires – a whole emotional baggage – from the former […]


Parenting The Irrational Vocation

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The advent of cloning, surrogate motherhood, and the donation of gametes and sperm have shaken the traditional biological definition of parenthood to its foundations. The social roles of parents have similarly been recast by the decline of the nuclear family and the surge of alternative household formats. Why do people become parents in the first […]


Narcissism Is Your Child In A Path To Self Destruction

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Do you look in the mirror to admire yourself more often that normal people would? Do you believe that you’re more important person than everybody else? Do people say that you’re self-centered and you believe that it’s okay to be like that? Once there was a boy named Narcissus In Greek mythology, there was a […]


Narcissistic Leaders

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“It was precisely that evening in Lodi that I cam to believe in myself as an unusual person and became consumed with the ambition to do the great things that until then had been but a fantasy.” (Napoleon Bonaparte, “Thoughts”) “They may all e called Heroes, in as much as they have derived their purposes […]


Pathological Narcissism Psychosis And Delusions

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One of the most important symptoms of pathological narcissism (the Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is grandiosity. Grandiose fantasies (megalomaniac delusions of grandeur) permeate every aspect of the narcissist’s personality. They are the reason that the narcissist feels entitled to special treatment which is typically incommensurate with his real accomplishments. The Grandiosity Gap is the abyss between […]


Narcissism And Personality Disorders

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Are all personality disorders the outcomes of frustrated narcissism? During our formative years (6 months to 6 years old), we are all “narcissists”. Primary Narcissism is a useful and critically important defense mechanism. As the infant separates from his mother and becomes an individual, it is likely to experience great apprehension, fear, and pain. Narcissism […]


Narcissistic Personality Disorder Prevalence And Comorbidity

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What is the Difference between Healthy Narcissism and the Pathological Kind? In my book “Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited”, I define pathological narcissism as: “(A) life-long pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one’s self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one’s gratification, […]


The Intermittent Explosive Narcissist

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Narcissists invariably react with narcissistic rage to narcissistic injury. These two terms bear clarification: Narcissistic Injury Any threat (real or imagined) to the narcissist’s grandiose and fantastic self-perception (False Self) as perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, and entitled to special treatment and recognition, regardless of his actual accomplishments (or lack thereof). The narcissist actively solicits Narcissistic Supply […]


Misdiagnosing Narcissism Asperger S Disorder

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(The use of gender pronouns in this article reflects the clinical facts: most narcissists and most Asperger’s patients are male.) Asperger’s Disorder is often misdiagnosed as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), though evident as early as age 3 (while pathological narcissism cannot be safely diagnosed prior to early adolescence). In both cases, the patient is self-centered […]


Cluster B Personality Disorders

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The DSM-IV-TR (2000) defines a personality disorder as: “An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations the individuals culture (and is manifested in two or more of his or her areas of mental life:) cognition, affectivity, interpersonal functioning, or impulse control.” Such a pattern is rigid, long-term (stable), and […]


Narcissistic Personality Disorder Clinical Features

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Clinical Features of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder Opinions vary as to whether the narcissistic traits evident in in infancy, childhood, and early adolescence are pathological. Anecdotal evidence suggests that childhood abuse and trauma inflicted by parents, authority figures, or even peers provoke “secondary narcissism” and, when unresolved, may lead to the full-fledged Narcissistic Personality Disorder […]


The Three Forms Of Closure

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For her traumatic wounds to heal, the victim of abuse requires closure – one final interaction with her tormentor in which he, hopefully, acknowledges his misbehaviour and even tenders an apology. Fat chance. Few abusers – especially if they are narcissistic – are amenable to such weakling pleasantries. More often, the abused are left to […]


Reconditioning The Narcissist

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Question: You seem to be very sceptical that someone with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be treated successfully. Answer: The Narcissistic Personality Disorder has been recognised as a distinct mental health diagnosis a little more than two decades ago. There are few who can honestly claim expertise or even in-depth understanding of this complex condition. […]


What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder And How To Deal With It Now

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Narcissistic personality disorder is a personality disorder that is shown by having a grandiose state of mind in young adults. The number of people with this disorder is highly disputed with some theories stating that it can be as high as one percent of the population. However, most experts agree that this is not the […]


The Spouse Mate Or Partner Of The Narcissist

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Question: What kind of a spouse/mate/partner is likely to be attracted to a narcissist? Answer: The Victims On the face of it, there is no (emotional) partner or mate, who typically “binds” with a narcissist. They come in all shapes and sizes. The initial phases of attraction, infatuation and falling in love are pretty normal. […]


Back To La La Land

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Relationships with narcissists peter out slowly and tortuously. Narcissists do not provide closure. They stalk. They cajole, beg, promise, persuade, and, ultimately, succeed in doing the impossible yet again: sweep you off your feet, though you know better than to succumb to their spurious and superficial charms. So, you go back to your “relationship” and […]


Narcissism In The Boardroom

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The perpetrators of the recent spate of financial frauds in the USA acted with callous disregard for both their employees and shareholders – not to mention other stakeholders. Psychologists have often remote-diagnosed them as “malignant, pathological narcissists”. Narcissists are driven by the need to uphold and maintain a false self – a concocted, grandiose, and […]


Identifing Narcissistic People Early

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Narcissistic men and women are so self centered and self indulgent that they see friends and lovers as mere extensions of themselves. They are obsessed with flattery and demand to be adored and have attention to themselves at all times. Unfortunately, these narcissistic types are very seductive and you may at first be attracted to […]


Misdiagnosing Narcissism The Bipolar I Disorder

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(The use of gender pronouns in this article reflects the clinical facts: most narcissists are men.) The manic phase of Bipolar I Disorder is often misdiagnosed as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Bipolar patients in the manic phase exhibit many of the signs and symptoms of pathological narcissism – hyperactivity, self-centeredness, lack of empathy, and control […]


The Depressive Narcissist

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Many scholars consider pathological narcissism to be a form of depressive illness. This is the position of the authoritative magazine “Psychology Today”. The life of the typical narcissist is, indeed, punctuated with recurrent bouts of dysphoria (ubiquitous sadness and hopelessness), anhedonia (loss of the ability to feel pleasure), and clinical forms of depression (cyclothymic, dysthymic, […]