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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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Please explain what does narcissistic personality disorder mean?

Narcissim is the: Condition wherein a person focuses very much on his/her own needs and point of view and has very little concern for the point of view of others. When it is a personality disorder it is more deeply ingrained in the psyche of a person and harder to treat. Narcissim can cause major problems in relationships. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs of narcissistic personality disorder in a woman?

Can you tell me the signs of narcissistic personality disorder in a woman?

Narcissim is the: Condition wherein a person focuses very much on his/her own needs and point of view and has very little concern for the point of view of others. When it is a personality disorder it is more deeply ingrained in the psyche of a person and harder to treat. Narcissim can cause major problems in relationships. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What happens to a person with a narcissistic personality disorder over time?

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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How can explain to my boyfriend that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

How can explain to my boyfriend that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

Gently, if at all: People who truly have narcissistic personality disorder are exquisitely sensitive to criticism. This would make it very difficult for him to hear your comments without attacking you verbally or otherwise rejecting you. If there are specific issues in your relationship, it might help to use these as entry to couple's counseling -- & go from there. This is how most such people begin getting help. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how historic and narcissistic personality disorder differ?

Can you please tell me how historic and narcissistic personality disorder differ?

Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exaggerate their achievements and have a sense of entitlement. Histrionics are overly dramatic and appear like they are acting. They are seeking attention and may be overly sexualised. Their emotions are overexaggerated. ...Read more

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What's a good way to discuss with my bf that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

What's a good way to discuss with my bf that he has narcissistic personality disorder?

You can tell him but: Either he won't comprehend what you're talking about, or he'll be narcissistically wounded and enraged at you for insulting him. So, I wouldn't say such a thing to anyone who has not invited me to offer a diagnosis. And unless you're a mental health professional, that's out of your area of expertise anyway. You can consider getting help for yourself, also whether you want to continue with him. ...Read more

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Can historic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder similar or difference?

Can historic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder similar or difference?

Differences: Narcissists have a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration and a lack of empathy. They are often arrogant, think that they are important, exaggerate their achievements and have a sense of entitlement. Histrionics are overly dramatic and appear like they are acting. They are seeking attention and may be overly sexualised. Their emotions are overexaggerated. ...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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Do all people with narcissistic personality disorder really have low self esteem?

Do all people with narcissistic personality disorder really have low self esteem?

Narcissism: The hallmark of a narcissist is an immense ego, grandiosity, and self-importance, as well as being entitled, and a tendency to use and objectify others as well as thinking of people in all-good or all-bad terms instead of shades of gray. The core of a narcissist is profound insecurity. ...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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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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Is narcissistic personality disorder a serious problem?

YES: It is for the people in the narcissist's life. Narcissist's are insenstive mates. They invest in others to get something back. When there are two pieces of pie, the narcissist will consistently take the big piece. Narcissists often get off on making other people feel inferior & insignificant. The narcissist needs lots of strokes & admiration. Narcissists cause other pain. ...Read more

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Who would want to cure narcissistic personality disorder?

Psychotherapists: Many psychotherapists are specifically interested in working with personality disorders and develop a special expertise in this area. Given how prevalent npd is, however, most therapists work with individuals with this diagnosis, or definitely traits of it... ...Read more

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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

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Please explain who first discovered narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism History: Reference site: http://psychology. About. Com/od/personalitydisorders/a/narcissisticpd. Htm.

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What to do if I have a narcissistic personality disorder, what can I do?

Start Treatment: Recognizing that you have this is the only way to opening the door to treatment. Get treatment from a professional. Then implement this by: praying to god as though everything depends on god, but work as though everything depends on you. ...Read more

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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

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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder), how to know?

Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder), how to know?

The best way for: Your friend to know if she or he has a narcissistic personality disorder is via psychiatric or psychological evaluation. Self diagnosis and diagnosis of friends can be fraught with error. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissistic PD: 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 to the slightest criticism. ...Read more

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Can you have both histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder simultaneously?

Can you have both histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder simultaneously?

Mixed traits: Certain clusters of personality features can blend into each other, including the combination of histrionic and narcissistic. Borderline pd can be another highly dramatic type of personality style whose features may be confused or overlap with these others'. ...Read more

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Do people with narcissistic personality disorder be institutionalized? If yes why?

if they meet criter: Only if they meet criteria. They must be suicidal or homicidal, or, in some states, unable to take care of themselves. They are not immune from other types of psychiatric illness. ...Read more

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What is everyday life like working with boss with narcissistic personality disorder?

Disregard for others: Since people with npd frequently have difficulties with empathy and care for others, I would expect that the employee would be faced with the boss falling short in these important areas of leadership. Also, people with npd might tend to project their rage into others, so the employee might inexplicably feel intense anger or rage when with the boss, or perhaps when thinking about him or her. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to have both histrionic and narcissistic personality disorder at the same time?

Yes: Technically - yes. An individual could meet criteria to diagnose with both personality disorders or an individual may have a personality disorder not otherwise specified with elements of both. ...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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What is "malignant narcissism", and how does it differ from narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism: NPD is a disorder listed in the DSM5, while malignant narcissism is not. That being said, the terms are interchangeable, with NPD being officially delineated and recognized, while the other is not. ...Read more

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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

Sex Addiction (Definition)

Sexual urges, behaviors or thoughts that appear extreme in frequency or feel out of one's control. There's a pattern of recurrent failure to resist impulses to engage in acts of sex, persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to stop or control those behaviors, & continuation of the behavior despite knowledge of having social, academic, financial, psychological or physical problems ...Read more


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