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

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

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. ...Read more

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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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Can I tell me if my bf or gf is narcissistic personal disorder, just selfish or sociopaths?

Can I tell me if my bf or gf is narcissistic personal disorder, just selfish or sociopaths?

Without meeting: With your boy or girl friend, no one can make the determination whether they have a personality disorder or not. ...Read more

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What medication is used to treat NPD, Narcissistic Personalilty Disorder? Can it be treated?

What medication is used to treat NPD, Narcissistic Personalilty Disorder? Can it be treated?

Talk: Personality Disorders aren't diseases - they are ways of relating in the World. Medications might calm you enough to learn new ways of doing that - but it's theraputic re-parenting/learning that might help you make changes. It's challenging and takes time, but a good fit w/ an experienced therapist can succeed. You'd discover how it developed and maybe decide to try new approaches. Trust's a must! ...Read more

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What are the downfalls of having narcissism personality disorder? I have been diagnosed with this disorder. How can it be managed?

What are the downfalls of having narcissism personality disorder? I have been diagnosed with this disorder. How can it be managed?

Narcissistic PD: Npd causes difficulty in relationships, because of difficulty empathizing with and authentically caring about others. People with npd are also exquisitely sensitive to perceived slights; they get absorbed in them and are oblivious to others' needs. They expect to be appreciated as special, and require frequent praise. Individual therapy is essential, and group work may also help a lot! ...Read more

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What are the risks of having narcissism personality disorder?

What are the risks of having narcissism personality disorder?

Relationships: The most significant problem related to narcissistic personality disorder has to do with the disruption that occurs in relationships between the person involved and those around him/her. ...Read more

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Signs of symptoms of hypersensitive narcissism or narcissism personality disorder?

Signs of symptoms of hypersensitive narcissism or narcissism personality disorder?

Narcissism: The person believes s/he is special or unique -- more so than others. May also be preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power. Feels entitled to special treatment and deference from others; is haughty and lacks empathy for others. Needs excessive admiration, and when this isn't forthcoming, may erupt in rage. May exploit others without concern for their needs. ...Read more

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Can there be a problem with being narcissistic or why is it called personality disorder?

Yes, BIG problem: A personality disorder is an enduring, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of inner experience and behavior that differs markedly from one's culture, begins in adolescence or early adulthood, and causes distress in important areas of life (relationships, work, etc). Narcissistic pd causes problems b/c they are grandiose about themselves, need constant admiration, and can't empathize with others. ...Read more

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What is narcissistic personality disorder?

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Narcissism: Selfish, inflated self esteem, not care for others' needs or feelings, love of self. ...Read more

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What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the narcissistic personality disorder?

Much Self-Importance: It's a condition in which there is an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with oneself. As with all personality disorders, a mental health professional diagnoses the disorder after a psychological evaluation of the history and severity of the symptoms. Psychotherapy (talk therapy) may help a person with the disorder improve functioning and relationships with others. ...Read more

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Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Can narcissistic personality disorder be cured?

Generally Not: Personality disorders are generally not curable. They can be modified in some cases with a lot of therapy over a long time. However, since those with narcissistic pd are likely to think that if there is a problem then it someone else and not themselves, they often are not very amenable to therapy actually working. ...Read more

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Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Could I have narcissistic personality disorder?

See below: We all have different personality traits at certain points in our lives. If you need to know your diagnosis, you will have to be evaluated face-to-face by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :) ...Read more

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Narcissistic personality disorder, what is this?

Grandiosity: The hallmark of a narcissist is grandiosity, feelings of being special, inability to empathize with others, and intolerance of criticism of any kind, real or imagined. The core of a narcissist however, believe it or not, is terrible self-esteem that the narcissist cannot bring him or herself to look at. ...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?

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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Any benefit if I have narcissistic personality disorder?

Perhaps some: Often people who are (unhealthily) narcissistic are very charming and impress people enough with their self-confidence and capacity that they manage to rise high in the ranks. Ultimately, such people are rather self-involved, do not tend to appreciate others, and have difficulty participating in mutually satisfying relationships. Many of our politicians are quite narcissistic! ...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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Can the mmpi test identify narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes: An mmpi result could be consistent with a narcissitic personality disorder. However psychological testing results alone should not be used to make the diagnosis. The results can be used to help confirm what is noted with formal evaluation. ...Read more

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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

It is hard to know: Without more details. What makes you think they might have this disorder? You can read more about the disorder and see if their personality fits the description, but we can't make that diagnosis online without meeting the perdon. ...Read more

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Is there a relation between narcissism and alzheimer's disease?

Is there a relation between narcissism and alzheimer's disease?

Lack of empathy: I agree with my colleague that narcissistic personality disorder and alzheimer's dementia are very different conditions. But as an alzheimer's patient sinks deeper into illness, s/he can lose empathy for others. This can be very difficult for family members or other caretakers who want appreciation. Some might call the patient "narcissistic" at that point, but this not a correct diagnostic term. ...Read more

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Please explain what does narcissistic personality disorder mean?

Narcissim is the: Condition wherein a person focuses very much on his/her own needs and point of view and has very little concern for the point of view of others. When it is a personality disorder it is more deeply ingrained in the psyche of a person and harder to treat. Narcissim can cause major problems in relationships. Peace and good health. ...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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How could I tell if I have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

Well....: Are you entitled? Indignant? Do you feel superior & look down on others? Do you fantasize about a "perfect" mate? Do you think you walk on water but others are not quite so impressed? Do you demand lots of admiration? Do you think you are special & not well understood by all the comon slobs on the street? Does it make you feel good to put others down? If many +'s - consider getting a psych eval. ...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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Can narcissistic personality disorder have roots in a childs upbringing?

Absolutely: There are subtypes of narcissistic personality, but in general you will find self-importance and grandiosity masking feelings of emptiness and inferiority. In other words, somewhere in the early years, a parent was insufficiently attuned to the child's emotional needs. ...Read more

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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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How do you deal with a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder?

How do you deal with a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder?

Keep a perspective: If you are that person's friend or family member, then you should probably make sure not to take it too personally -- their self-involvement is really more a story about them than about you. If you are that person's therapist, then you should probably work to uncover the early-on psychological traumas that have created the problem to begin with. ...Read more