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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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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

Very gently: People who truly have narcissistic personality disorder are exquisitely sensitive to criticism or perceived slights. These can result in verbal attack or sometimes a complete cutting off -- both painful for you. Depending on my relationship with this family member, i would tread carefully, protect my own boundaries, and do extreme self-care after being with them. Might even get help myself. ...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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What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder over time?

Depends on severity: Prognosis is limited and based mainly on the individual's ability to recognize their underlying inferiority and decreased sense of self worth.  with insight and long term therapy, the symptoms can be reduced in both number and intensity. It's a challenging process, for both patient and therapist, to be sure. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder ?

Could you tell me what happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder ?

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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What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder from childhood to old age?

What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder from childhood to old age?

Little change: Personality disorders are diagnoses that are made only after age 18. As a rule they tend to be enduring and it is not unusual for the symptoms to last a lifetime. Treatment with psychotherapy can help but a "cure" is not likely. ...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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Is a person with narcissistic personality disorder incapable of directing a conversation from anyone but him or herself?

Is a person with narcissistic personality disorder incapable of directing a conversation from anyone but him or herself?

It's all about him: Narcissistic people treat others as if they're disposable objects. Once your utility is gone, there is no more interest in you. Your separate needs are unrecognized. Relationships with a narcissistic person may vary between sharing the mutual glow of "specialness" while you're useful, and complete disregard when you're not. Things might feel intimate and good for awhile, but then the ice comes. ...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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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


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