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Is there a relation between narcissism and poor character?

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 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


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

Not aware: I am not aware of any such relationship. Based on what i know about both, i also can't see any reason why there would be any relationship. ...Read more

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Is there a substantial difference between having an addiction to sex or simply having poor moral character?

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

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Is it possible for a person know they suffer from narcissism?

Narcissism: Yes, especially when they hear this comment from many people, for instance group therapy is most effective as it is difficult to tell all 10 people they are misperceiving. Best. ...Read more

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Do narcissism and vanity have something to do with each other?

Yes: By definition, narcissistic people have highly inflated opinions of themselves and would be considered vane. However, not all vane people would be considered narcissistic. ...Read more

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Can narcissism lead to suicide?

Can narcissism lead to suicide?

Yes: One study showed patients suffering from narcissistic personality disorder made suicide attempts which were less impulsive but more lethal. ...Read more

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Does narcissism come with a designated set of symptoms?

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 more

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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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