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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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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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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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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?

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?

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

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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 is the forecast for someone who was a daughter, sister and wife with narcissism?

What is the forecast for someone who was a daughter, sister and wife with narcissism?

Hmmm . . . confusing: I'm a bit confused about your question. You say, "someone who was a daughter, sister and wife with narcissism"? This sounds like the person was "narcissistic" in all 3 roles? Or is "was" a typo for "has"? If #1 is what you meant, the person would have problems in all 3 relationships. If it's #2, then the describer is labeling 3 others as "narcissism" -- makes me wonder who's the more troubled. ...Read more

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What are the downfalls of having narcissism personality disorder? I have been diagnosed with this disorder. How can it be managed?

What are the downfalls of having narcissism personality disorder? I have been diagnosed with this disorder. How can it be managed?

Narcissistic PD : Npd causes difficulty in relationships, because of difficulty empathizing with and authentically caring about others. People with npd are also exquisitely sensitive to perceived slights; they get absorbed in them and are oblivious to others' needs. They expect to be appreciated as special, and require frequent praise. Individual therapy is essential, and group work may also help a lot! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for narcissism?

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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Does cannabis create narcissism?

Not really....: One can become quite self-absorbed if smoking pot becomes habitual, but "narcissism" as such (e.g., narcissistic peronality disorder" is a much more severe dysfunction of interpersonal relations than just being self-focused. ...Read more

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