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Doctor insights on: How To Help Someone With Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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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

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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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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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

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What is narcissistic personality disorder?

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?

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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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