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Best therapy for someone that has narcissistic personality disorder?

Best therapy for someone that has narcissistic personality disorder?

Insight oriented: Probably some kind of psychodynamic / psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Narcissistic personality disorders are usually pretty "embedded" and the features that such persons manifest are usually "ego-syntonic, " which means that they do not recognize their "issues" (although others will!). Narcissists need to get to a place of recognizing how self-defeating their narcissism is. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissism (Definition)

A pervasive sense of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, lack of empathy, need for admiration, fantasies o unlimited success, sense of entitlement, envious of others, often arrogant, exploitive of others as well as other characteristics. Person would definitely benefit by therapy but often by nature of the condition the person doesn't believe that there is ...Read more


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What is the best way to heal as the scapegoat from a mother with narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the best way to heal as the scapegoat from a mother with narcissistic personality disorder?

See a professional: If healing needs to occur in your life a professional could guide you on this. Obviously, you'd like to respond differently than you do now in your interactions with others. Healing takes lots of practice over long periods of time. Get professional guidance to ensure that you're practicing is on the right track. ...Read more

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If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

If someone has narcissistic personality disorder what can we do?

Who is "we"?: Narcissistic personality can be treated effectively in psychotherapy, specifically psychoanalytic or psychodynamic therapy. It is generally long-term therapy. If by "we" you mean friends or family who have to deal with the person (not the person himself/herself), that is a different question. ...Read more

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What will happen if a person has "narcissistic personality disorder" and doesn't seek professional help?

What will happen if a person has "narcissistic personality disorder" and doesn't seek professional help?

Several Difficulties: Depending on the severity of symptoms, the person may encounter unnecessary relationship, work, and family problems along with possible alcohol or other drug dependence. People with narcissistic personality disorder may overreact to criticism, take advantage of other people, have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment by others while disregarding their feelings. ...Read more

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What is the difference between narcissitic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder I have borderline personality disorder and my girlfriend has narcissistic personality disorder and she says we are exactly alike only i never want to hurt

What is the difference between narcissitic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder I have borderline personality disorder and my girlfriend has narcissistic personality disorder and she says we are exactly alike only i never want to hurt

A : A person with a borderline personality disorder and a person with a narcissistic personality disorder may have a lot in common. The major similarity is difficulty with their relationships with others. An individual with a personality disorder perceives their world and interacts with it in a way that causes them impairment and distress. A person with a borderline personality disorder can experience strong changes in their moods. They may become depressed or anxious, with dramatic anger or rage. They may engage in self injury such as cutting or burning their skin. At times of stress they might threaten to kill them self or may attempt suicide. Risky and impulsive behaviors such as promiscuity, having sex without protection, reckless driving, gambling, over-spending, drug use or abuse of alcohol may occur. Someone who is borderline is usually very fearful of losing the people that are important in their life; of being abandoned. An individual with a narcissistic personality disorder usually is egocentric. They tend to think about their own needs before the needs of others. They may believe that they are superior to others and that they are unique. They may expect special treatment as well as praise from others. Their lack of empathy can lead to problems in their relationships with others. Sometimes they take advantage of others and envy is not uncommon. As you and your girlfriend go through therapy, you should both gain progressively more knowledge about each of your conditions. I hope this information is helpful. ...Read more

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How can explain to my boyfriend that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

How can explain to my boyfriend that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

Gently, if at all: People who truly have narcissistic personality disorder are exquisitely sensitive to criticism. This would make it very difficult for him to hear your comments without attacking you verbally or otherwise rejecting you. If there are specific issues in your relationship, it might help to use these as entry to couple's counseling -- & go from there. This is how most such people begin getting help. ...Read more

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What's a good way to discuss with my bf that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

What's a good way to discuss with my bf that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

You can tell him but: Either he won't comprehend what you're talking about, or he'll be narcissistically wounded and enraged at you for insulting him. So, i wouldn't say such a thing to anyone who has not invited me to offer a diagnosis. And unless you're a mental health professional, that's out of your area of expertise anyway. You can consider getting help for yourself, also whether you want to continue with him. ...Read more

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Afraid to lose job but looking for support to deal with a boss who has narcissistic personality disorder?

Afraid to lose job but looking for support to deal with a boss who has narcissistic personality disorder?

Difficult Situation: If your boss is truly narcissistic, and if you have to deal with him/her on a frequent basis, then there is a high probablity that this is becoming an unhealthy work environment for you. It may be helpful for you to see out support through counseling. You will also want to look for healthy outlets to relieve stress. Ultimately you may want to consider a healthier work setting. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these symptoms. For example an untreated anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder can sometimes present with these types of issues, and both of these can be treated more easily than a personality disorder! ...Read more

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How do you get a person w narcissistic personality disorder to seek help to improve quality of life when they can't acknowledge they have an issue?

Narcisstic Tx: This is a tough assignment. There really is no treatment for anyone who does not want treatment no matter the disorder. It could be this or any addiction. They have to hit bottom before they are ready to discuss treatment. If this person comes face-to-face with lossing someone or something of value you can discuss treatment. Don't call it narcissism. Better to take a trait of selfishness to work. ...Read more

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How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

How can you treat narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: Treating narcissistic pd requires intensive, long-term psychotherapy with an experienced therapist. These people usually don't seek treatment until marital or work relationship problems cause enough distress to force the issue. They are exquisitely sensitive to slights or criticism, and intense shame and scathing rage can disrupt the therapeutic relationship. The therapist walks a thin line. ...Read more

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Is narcissistic personality disorder a serious problem?

Is narcissistic personality disorder a serious problem?

YES: It is for the people in the narcissist's life. Narcissist's are insenstive mates. They invest in others to get something back. When there are two pieces of pie, the narcissist will consistently take the big piece. Narcissists often get off on making other people feel inferior & insignificant. The narcissist needs lots of strokes & admiration. Narcissists cause other pain. ...Read more

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Who would want to cure narcissistic personality disorder?

Psychotherapists: Many psychotherapists are specifically interested in working with personality disorders and develop a special expertise in this area. Given how prevalent npd is, however, most therapists work with individuals with this diagnosis, or definitely traits of it... ...Read more

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Please explain who first discovered narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism History: Reference site: http://psychology.About.Com/od/personalitydisorders/a/narcissisticpd.Htm.

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What to do if I have a narcissistic personality disorder, what can I do?

Start Treatment: Recognizing that you have this is the only way to opening the door to treatment. Get treatment from a professional. Then implement this by: praying to god as though everything depends on god, but work as though everything depends on you. ...Read more

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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder), how to know?

The best way for: Your friend to know if she or he has a narcissistic personality disorder is via psychiatric or psychological evaluation. Self diagnosis and diagnosis of friends can be fraught with error. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: Narcissistic personality d/o is a mental disorder with fixed and pervasive patterns of inner experience and outer behavior involving grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others. The person expects to be treated as superior, believes s/he is more special than others, and exploits others. Beneath all this lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism. ...Read more

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Can you have both histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder simultaneously?

Can you have both histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder simultaneously?

Mixed traits: Certain clusters of personality features can blend into each other, including the combination of histrionic and narcissistic. Borderline pd can be another highly dramatic type of personality style whose features may be confused or overlap with these others'. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder with fixed and pervasive patterns of inner experience and outer behavior involving grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy for others. The person expects to be treated as superior, believes s/he is more special than others, and exploits others. Beneath all this lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more