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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Narcissism (Overview)

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 anything wrong with them


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How does narcissism relate to depression?

How does narcissism relate to depression?

A good question: Basically narcissism tends to isolate the person from others because it's all about them. It tends to wear out family and what friends they have. Isolation can lead to anger and loneliness, a sense that everyone around is against them and being unfair. It's a very short step then into depression. Hopefully someone will have the kindness and courage to encourage them to get help. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
103 Doctors shared insights

Narcissism (Overview)

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 anything wrong with them


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Can you explain to me what are the signs of narcissism in somebody?

Healthy & unhealthy: Important to remember that there is healthy narcissism and unhealthy narcissism. When it's healthy, the person has appropriate self-esteem and good feelings about herself. When it's unhealthy, the person is very self-involved and/or needs a lot of "stroking" and external reinforcement in order to feel ok about herself -- and, even then, the need goes so deep that it's almost insatiable. ...Read more

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What can be done for narcissism?

What can be done for narcissism?

Psychotherapy: Narcissitic personality traits are common and do not necessarily require treatment, however narcissistic personality disorder treatment involves psychotherapy-cognitive behavioral as well as possibly group or family therapy. Because change can take time the therapy may continue for several years. Comorbid symptoms of depression, anxiety or substanc e dependence may benefit from medications. ...Read more

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I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

"Features" only: Key word here is "features" of various personality types. The interviewer noted that you have a fixed pattern of relating to the world and others no matter what the situation (personality disorder). This apparently includes features found in several personality disorders but no definitive one stood out. Firmer delineation may come over time, but characteristics of these disorders may overlap. ...Read more

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Can the mmpi test identify narcissistic personality disorder?

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

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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What causes narcissism in some cultures?

What causes narcissism in some cultures?

Unknown: There is no general consensus of agreement on the causes of narcissism, but one viewpoint maintains that injuries to one's sense of self during formative years, such as neglectful or highly critical, parents, can instill a pervasive sense of inferiority and insignificance in the child. The injured person then later compensates for this underlying inferiority with grandiosity and omnipotence. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have narcissism, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

My doctor says I have narcissism, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Narcissism is varied: Symptoms of narcissistic disturbances may include any of the following: low self-esteem, shame, grandiosity, sensitivity to criticism, insensitivity to others feelings, self-centeredness, pathological idealization and/or devaluation of others. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis are the only treatments for narcissistic disturbances. ...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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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 is the treatment for narcissism?

Psychotherapy: Narcissim is a personality disorder, and personality disorders often are quire treatment resistant. Medicataions seldom if ever help directly. First, the person has to recognize that there is a problem and then find someone able to identify the problem and look for ways of changing behavior. It's slow, difficult work requiring a skilled therapist. ...Read more

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I have narcissistic personality disorder but I feel very comfortable with it. Why should I wanna cure it?

That is the problem.: But there are consequences to the disorder. It may be hard to get along with coworkers. You might not be able to create long term friendships or relationships. You may find your best friend ends up being a drug or a bottle. That doesn't sound like much fun to me. ...Read more

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Is he narcissistic? Am I still being played? Or is he truly just lost without me? After having a breakdown am I being unfare? I feel confused, desperately upset, unsure, ! 2yrs ago the drink and drugs got so bad, after getting him to stop, he moved out a

What we do know..: All I can say is, let s find out. Why don t you sit with a dr and tell him/her all this story? I can tell there is a lot of interesting things to hear. Maybe that breakdown and the drugs have some root causes that should be explored, and consequences still to prevent, and to heal. That s what we can tell so far. ...Read more

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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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What can be done for narcissism?

Psychotherapy: Narcissitic personality traits are common and do not necessarily require treatment, however narcissistic personality disorder treatment involves psychotherapy-cognitive behavioral as well as possibly group or family therapy. Because change can take time the therapy may continue for several years. Comorbid symptoms of depression, anxiety or substanc e dependence may benefit from medications. ...Read more

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What causes narcissism in some cultures?

Unknown: There is no general consensus of agreement on the causes of narcissism, but one viewpoint maintains that injuries to one's sense of self during formative years, such as neglectful or highly critical, parents, can instill a pervasive sense of inferiority and insignificance in the child. The injured person then later compensates for this underlying inferiority with grandiosity and omnipotence. ...Read more

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Is there a physical component of narcissism?

Is there a physical component of narcissism?

Not necessarily: There are no typical physical symptoms of narcissism that I know of. But, narcissistic vulnerability brings with it extreme sensitivity to how one's body appears to others. As they age, narcissistic people feel great distress about appearance because it conflicts with their self-view of superiority. They are very envious of others, especially those whom they view as more beautiful, thin, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Narcissism?

" I am the greatest": 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 anything wrong with them ...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 you explain to me what are the signs of narcissism in somebody?

Healthy & unhealthy: Important to remember that there is healthy narcissism and unhealthy narcissism. When it's healthy, the person has appropriate self-esteem and good feelings about herself. When it's unhealthy, the person is very self-involved and/or needs a lot of "stroking" and external reinforcement in order to feel ok about herself -- and, even then, the need goes so deep that it's almost insatiable. ...Read more

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What is the difference between narcissism and having real confidence in yourself?

One is a disorder: Narcissistic personality disorder is by definition a disorder, meaning it has to cause signficant dysfunction in one's life, health, employment etc. It involves not so much confidence as self-love, meaning to be infatuated with who you are and one's accomplishments to the excusion fo all others. Self-confidence is more a healthy knowledge of one's own abilities and would be considered a good thing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between narcissism and having accurate confidence in yourself?

Healthy & unhealthy: Having the capacity to feel good about yourself for the things that you can do well is a sign of maturity and healthy development. Narcissism per se can be either unhealthy (a person who is "full of" herself) or healthy (as you suggested, a person who has appropriate confidence in herself). ...Read more

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Where does it pass from true self-confidence to the point where someone has narcissism?

Different dimemsions: Narcisssm has to do with a personality style that over-estimates one sense of power and importance and uniqueness. It is not necessarily accompanied by true self-confidence, because often such individuals recurrently find themselves not living up to their dreams and expectations--almost always because of actions of others, of course. True self-confidence is based on past successes. ...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 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