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Is There A Relation Between Narcissism And Poor Character
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a substantial difference between having an addiction to sex or simply having poor moral character?
Probably: Addictions of any kind involve more than just temptation and moral weakness - there appears to be a vulnerability to addiction that is due to how the brain's Dopamine / reward system works. Plenty of folks with poor moral character never develop addiction. And some people with otherwise good moral character fall into addiction. ...Read more
NPD does: The dsm-iv diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder (npd) does, more info here: http://www.Behavenet.Com/narcissistic-personality-disorder. But narcissism is used as an everyday, non-psychiatric label too. In an informal sense it may mean someone who is self-important or too proud of themselves. Many psych terms have a technical meaning and are used in casual speech too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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