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  Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) : DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria
A personality disorder is a pattern of deviant or abnormal behavior that the person doesn't change even though it causes emotional upsets and trouble with other people at work and in personal relationships.
Narcissists are very reluctant to open up and trust, so it's possible that their NPD is not even recognized by therapists in short-term treatment.
Self-described narcissists who've written to me say that they are aware that their feelings are different from other people's, mostly that they feel less, both in strength and variety (and which the narcissists interpret as evidence of their own superiority); some narcissists report "numbness" and the inability to perceive meaning in other people's emotions.
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  Narcissistic personality disorder: Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is defined by the Fourth Edition Text Revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, a handbook that mental health professionals use to diagnose mental disorders) as one of ten personality disorders.
Doctors rarely give a diagnosis of personality disorder to children on the grounds that children's personalities are still in process of formation and may change considerably by the time they are in their late teens.
NPD is defined more specifically as a pattern of grandiosity (exaggerated claims to talents, importance, or specialness) in the patient's private fantasies or outward behavior; a need for constant admiration from others; and a lack of empathy for others.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder at a Glance
Narcissism, Pathological Narcissism, The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the Narcissist,
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is exacerbated by the onset of aging and the physical, mental, and occupational restrictions it imposes.
The narcissist is grandiose, the histrionic coquettish, the antisocial (psychopath) callous, and the borderline needy.
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 Narcissistic personality disorder - Definition, Description, Causes and symptoms, Demographics, Diagnosis, Treatments, ...
Doctors rarely give a diagnosis of personality disorder to children on the grounds that children's personalities are still in process of formation and may change considerably by the time they are in their late teens.
NPD is defined more specifically as a pattern of grandiosity (exaggerated claims to talents, importance, or specialness) in the patient's private fantasies or outward behavior; a need for constant admiration from others; and a lack of empathy for others.
Second, narcissists are prone to lie about themselves; thus it may take a long time for a therapist to notice discrepancies between a patient's version of his or her life and information gained from others or from public records.
www.minddisorders.com /Kau-Nu/Narcissistic-personality-disorder.html   (4522 words)

 Psychology Today's Diagnosis Dictionary: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
A shy person with narcissistic personality disorder may depend on marijuana to relieve her social anxiety, while others use steroids to boost confidence in physical perfection.
A patient with narcissistic personality disorder tends to become depressed when his feelings are badly hurt, when his defenses have let him down and when he believes his world is collapsing.
Group therapy may be helpful for patients with narcissistic personality disorder, but the therapist should, tactfully but firmly, place limits on their speaking time so that they cannot control the discussion or focus all the attention on themselves.
www.psychologytoday.com /conditions/narcissistic.html   (1210 words)

 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
For example, a narcissistic female may feel disdain and negativity towards her husband, and be devoid of normal heterosexual, nurturing feelings for him.
The narcissist, as well as the borderline, engages in betrayal behaviors which serve to destabilize and destroy relationships while threatening the critical emotion of trust that is so vital for maintaining healthy relation-ship bonds.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a debilitating and destructive disorder.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
It is classified as a disorder because the narcissist personalities have learned to overvalue their self-worth and exploit others whom they assume will recognize their superiority, even if there is no evidence or reason to support this elevated position of self.
Narcissists can never be enough in comparison to those they admire and find their only relief is being superior to others and keeping them in subservient positions.
Narcissists are usually slow to seek therapy, doing so only when an event or events have undermined their own inflated self-image and a little voice inside begins to tell them they are phonies.
www.alwaysyourchoice.org /ayc/articles/narcissistic_personality_disorder.php   (1039 words)

 Narcissistic Personality Disorder Today Chat Transcript
The development of pathological narcissism also depends on other factors such as whether the person is first born, whether he or she was abused by parents, by peers, or by role models (such as teachers) and whether the abuse was of the classic kind (physical, sexual, or verbal) or of another type.
Narcissistic injuries upset the precarious and delicate balance between the competing parts of the narcissist's personality.
Narcissistic injury is actually the way a narcissist experiences THREAT to his inflated ego, to his delusions of grandeur and grandiose fantasies and to his sense of entitlement.
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 Narcissistic personality disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder, is a maladaptive, rigid, and persistent condition that may cause significant distress and functional impairment.
To the extent that people are narcissistic, they can be controlling, blaming, self-absorbed, intolerant of others’ views, unaware of other’s needs and of the effects of their behavior on others, and require that others see them as they wish to be seen.
The narcissist's perceived fantastic grandiosity, often coupled with a hypomanic mood, is typically not commensurate with his or her real accomplishments.
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 MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Narcissistic personality disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with one's self.
Narcissistic personality disorder usually begins by early adulthood and is marked by disregard for the feelings of others, grandiosity, obsessive self-interest, and the pursuit of primarily selfish goals.
Personality disorders are diagnosed based on a psychological evaluation and the history and severity of the symptoms.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
These efforts to define and empirically test criteria that would diminish the overlap between narcissistic personality disorder and other personality disorders, while improving the fit between the phenomenological diagnosis and the entity described in the clinical literature, have led to the evolving DSM terms for narcissistic personality disorder.
Narcissistic personality disorder can be diagnosed 1) according to DSM criteria; 2) according to a pattern of intrapsychic affects, defenses, and object relationships; and 3) according to the forms of transference that develop in therapy.
Kernberg OF: The narcissistic personality disorder and the differential diagnosis of antisocial behavior.
www.health.am /psy/narcissistic-personality-disorder   (1244 words)

 PTypes - Narcissistic Personality Disorder Criteria
Narcissistic character disorder is a type of "solution" to the problem of anxiety; that is, it is a strategy to alleviate anxiety.
As with the compensatory narcissistic person, the elitist narcissistic person is more taken with an inflated self-image than with his or her actual self.
However, the compensatory narcissistic person knows at some level that he or she is in fact a fraud, whereas the elitist narcissistic person is deeply convinced of his or her superior self-image, albeit one that is grounded on few realistic achievements.
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 The Mind of the Narcissist - Narcissism, Pathological Narcissism, The Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the ...
When a person persists in a dysfunctional, maladaptive or plain useless behaviour despite grave repercussions to himself and to others, we say that his acts are compulsive.
The narcissist blames others for his behaviour, accuses them of provoking him into his temper tantrums and believes firmly that "they" should be punished for their "misbehaviour".
He wrongly assumes that the "classic" narcissist is the outcome of parental overvaluation, idolisation, and spoiling and, thus, is possessed of supreme, unchallenged, self-confidence, and is devoid of all self-doubt.
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 Narcissistic personality disorder - MayoClinic.com
Narcissistic personality disorder is a serious emotional disturbance characterized by a grandiose, or extremely exaggerated, sense of self-importance.
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of several types of personality disorders, all of which reflect an inability in the affected person to accept the demands and limitations of the world.
Narcissistic personality disorder, which is less common than other personality disorders, is estimated to affect less than 1 percent of the general population.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/narcissistic-personality-disorder/DS00652   (308 words)

 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called dramatic personality disorders.
For example, the disorder might develop as the result of excessive pampering, or when a child's parents have a need for their children to be talented or special in order to maintain their own self-esteem.
There is no known cure for narcissistic personality disorder, but psychotherapy (a type of counseling) might help the person learn to relate to others in a more positive and rewarding way.
www.webmd.com /content/article/118/112876.htm   (669 words)

 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The person diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a need for the admiration of others, little empathy or understanding of other’s feelings, and a superior attitude (grandiosity) towards others.
Clients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder are oversensitive to failures and tend to be prone to extreme mood swings between self-admiration and insecurity.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is diagnosed in approximately 16% of the people currently in treatment for mental health issues, and that is approximately 1% of the general population.
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 Narcissistic personality disorder: Signs and symptoms - MayoClinic.com
People who have a narcissistic personality style rather than narcissistic personality disorder are generally psychologically healthy, but may at times be arrogant, proud, shrewd, confident, self-centered and determined to be at the top.
The other end of the continuum — narcissistic personality disorder — is a persistent inability to establish a realistic, stable self-image, therefore creating an overdependence on others to regulate their self-esteem.
People with narcissistic personality disorder tend to seek out individuals whom they perceive as equal to their own self-image or to whom they attribute the same special talents and qualities they see in themselves.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/narcissistic-personality-disorder/DS00652/DSECTION=2   (740 words)

 Narcissistic Personality
When terminally ill, incarcerated, or inebriated the narcissist can shift the blame for his failures and predicaments to outside agents and objective forces over which he has no...
When narcissistic supply is deficient, the narcissist decompensates and acts out in a variety of ways.
Narcissists often experience psychotic micro-episodes during therapy and when they suffer narcissistic injuries in a life crisis.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Advice, Books, Info and Help   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Like histrionic disorder, people with this disorder seek attention and praise.
Narcissists tend to make good first impressions, yet have difficulty maintaining long-lasting relationships.
Narcissism is most often found in men and is often diagnosed with other mental disorders.
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 Narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Narcissists
But when a narcissistic injury occurs (following the loss of a major source of narcissistic supply, for instance), the narcissist is faced with the void that is his life: the empty, dark, all consuming fl hole that is at the core of his emotional apparatus.
So, the inverted narcissist and the victims of narcissists (not all of them inverted narcissists), are attracted to excitement, to the violation of routine, to life itself.
One person is not a representative sample and the narcissist is on a constant polling mission.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder - New Treatments, January 2, 2007
The narcissistic person struggles with a tenuous balance between the intensity to be admired by other people and the rage that he or she feels when people are disappointing and don’t provide the admiration that is needed.
Narcissistic people either don’t recognize that they are violating social norms or they feel that they are deserving to be above society’s rules.
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder needs to be distinguished from narcissistic personality disorder because both narcissists and people who are obsessive-compulsive set very high standards for themselves.
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 Healthopedia.com - Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD, Narcissism, Self-Centeredness)
Someone with a personality disorder is not aware that his or her behavior or thought patterns are inappropriate.
A person with a narcissistic personality disorder has a sense of superiority and an exaggerated belief in his or her own value or importance.
The cause of narcissistic personality disorder is unknown.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The term narcissistic personality disorder is applied to people who are popularly dubbed arrogant, vain or self-centered, with a corresponding lack of empathy.
When people manifesting NPD fail to accomplish their goals, or when they are forced to confront reality, they may fall prey to anger or depression.
Extreme narcissists may even get a little outside help in destroying themselves and others; victims of this disorder are prone to alcoholism and drug abuse.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder -- 6/14/99 -- Sam Vaknin
Narcissists are shrewd, shifty, manipulative and mental health professionals are easily deceived and fall prey to the narcissist's False Self (roughly the image that he projects).
The narcissist -- forced to obtain his supply of emotional drug is also forced to cater to SOME of the needs of his sources of supply.
As a rule, the narcissist will prefer a mate/spouse that is inferior to him intellectually, or physically (if he is somatic), or in her career, etc. He needs someone to tower over.
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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder
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.
Although there are no laboratory tests to specifically diagnose personality disorders, the doctor might use various diagnostic tests—such as X-rays and blood tests—to rule out a physical illness as the cause of the symptoms.
If the doctor finds no physical reason for the symptoms, he or she might refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist, health care professionals who are specially trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses.
www.clevelandclinic.org /health/health-info/docs/3800/3841.asp?index=9742   (735 words)

 BBC NEWS | UK | What is narcissistic personality disorder?
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, said: "Although narcissistic personality disorder is not that rare, it is seldom that it becomes a pathological disorder that could lead to this kind of brutal act.
Gillian Bloxham, a chartered clinical psychologist working in one of the treatment programmes for people with severe personality disorders, said less than 1% of the general population were thought to have the disorder.
Ms Bloxham said sufferers of narcissistic personality disorder really believed their own fantasies, meaning it could be hard to treat them.
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