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A 41-year-old member asked:

is narcissism a disease, illness or mental flaw - and is it even treatable?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Can be all those: All of us need to have some healthy self-interest -- healthy narcissism -- to deal with life. But when this becomes greatly exaggerated, squeezing out the needs of others, we get into difficulty. There are narcissistic personality disorders which maybe 4-7% of our society has. These involve fixed patterns of relating with several criteria. Yes it is treatable - with great care and patience.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Narcissism: The hallmark of a narcissist is an immense ego, grandiosity, and self-importance, as well as being entitled, and a tendency to use and objectify others as well as thinking of people in all-good or all-bad terms instead of shades of gray. The core of a narcissist is profound insecurity. Treatable yes, but often with slow progress and great difficulty.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

My doctor says I have narcissism, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Narcissism: Means that you have low awl esteem and are particularly vulnerable to even small criticisms. This can make work and personal relationships very difficult for you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a relation between narcissism and poor character?

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Dr. Martha Stark
Psychiatry 47 years experience
No :): Unhealthy narcissism is not an indication of "poor character" so much as an indication that the person, as a child, was probably not given enough positive reinforcement and stroking. As a result, the person has a craving to be stroked and validated and complimented and often the center of attention. But this does not make the person a bad person, just a vulnerable person.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Nice answer!
Aug 24, 2012
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do narcissism and vanity have something to do with each other?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Yes: By definition, narcissistic people have highly inflated opinions of themselves and would be considered vane. However, not all vane people would be considered narcissistic.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a person know they suffer from narcissism?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Narcissism: When others confront them with their arrogance and lack of empathy, they start to gain understanding and some insight.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a physical component of narcissism?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not necessarily: There are no typical physical symptoms of narcissism that i know of. But, narcissistic vulnerability brings with it extreme sensitivity to how one's body appears to others. As they age, narcissistic people feel great distress about appearance because it conflicts with their self-view of superiority. They are very envious of others, especially those whom they view as more beautiful, thin, etc.

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