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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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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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Signs of symptoms of hypersensitive narcissism or narcissism personality disorder?

Signs of symptoms of hypersensitive narcissism or narcissism personality disorder?

Narcissism: The person believes s/he is special or unique -- more so than others. May also be preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success and power. Feels entitled to special treatment and deference from others; is haughty and lacks empathy for others. Needs excessive admiration, and when this isn't forthcoming, may erupt in rage. May exploit others without concern for their needs. ...Read more

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My husband has narcissistic traits. I'm reading up on it, but he has always been and acts very caring selfless and concerned for others in need?

My husband has narcissistic traits. I'm reading up on it, but he has always been and acts very caring selfless and concerned for others in need?

Narcissism: I'm afraid your answer may have been truncated because it doesn't seem like there's a question in there for us. But, here's a great article about Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Hope that helps! Http://psychcentral. Com/disorders/narcissistic-personality-disorder-symptoms/ ...Read more

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I suspect a relative might have narcissistic personality disorder. What are the most common symptoms/traits and how is it usually diagnosed?

I suspect a relative might have narcissistic personality disorder. What are the most common symptoms/traits and how is it usually diagnosed?

Some obvious signs..: Narcissistic personality disorder: grandiose sense of self-importance, having arrogant behavior or attitude, a need for excessive admiration, having interpersonally exploitive behavior, with a lack of empathy, is envious of others or believes that others are envious of him; has a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, etc... ...Read more

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Does narcissistic people appear to be selfless, giving, caring, helpful, and generous? My husbands mother said he was narcissistic, but I'm confused.

Does narcissistic people appear to be selfless, giving, caring, helpful, and generous? My husbands mother said he was narcissistic, but I'm confused.

Narcissistic: Dear Member33,

Narcissistic personality features include a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), excessive need for admiration, lack of empathy for others, arrogance, and interpersonal exploitation. These features are very different from helpful, caring, generous, etc. ...Read more

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What is narcissistic behavior?

Never satisfied: Needy and demanding, no matter how much love or attention they get, they feel they deserve more. Can be charming if convenient for them. Arrogant and out of touch with reality. In the rare moments of reality check, they behave like victims. Envious, they feel they deserve special love and privileges. Angry at the loved ones because they are not giving them enough. Don't care about others feeling. ...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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Am I narcissistic, or just amazing?

Either: If your behavior leaves a trail of interpersonal destruction then you might be narcissistic. In all seriousness, narcissism is a matter of degree. Another way of thinking about it is excess in this regard is perhaps just as bad as too little. Stay safe! ...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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How can I live with a narcissistic person?

How can I live with a narcissistic person?

Narcissist: Therapy for narcissists is often arduous, painful for both patient and therapist, as the narcissist is eventually brought to a place of what is known as profound narcissistic injury, which is the beginning of his poor self esteem that the narcissism resolutely defends against. I would opt for psychoanalysis. Living with a narcissist often means constant devaluation and being objectified. ...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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How do you describe a narcissistic person or relative?

No empathy: Npd people are self serving. They have their own agenda they follow regardless. They have hatred and envy, upset not getting that special treatment, attention, love. They can be charming when it's convenient. Arrogant but needy. Live in their own grandiose universe. Occasionally, the reality breaks through. Then they become victims. They torture the people who love them. Hard to treat. ...Read more

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How do you deal with someone who is truly narcissistic?

How do you deal with someone who is truly narcissistic?

Narcissistic people: As a therapist, I try to empathize with their suffering, build trust, and gradually help them see how their patterns of treating others interfere with their relationships & enjoyment of life. This is tedious, long-term work. As a friend/ family member, I do not offer advice unless asked, as I know how sensitive they are to that. I try to be present, while caring for myself also. ...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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I think my girlfriend is borderline narcissistic, she needs attentino 24/7, what should I do?

I think my girlfriend is borderline narcissistic, she needs attentino 24/7, what should I do?

Needing attention?: "needing attention" is not enough to make up your mind about a personality disorder. But if it is true, after you do your own research about it, then you have to search your heart. How does she make you feel? How attached to her are you? How would you feel if you stay with her? How would you feel if you walk away? Out the good and the bad in this relationship in a balance and see where it leads. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with narcissistic pd, why is it a big deal? Is there something wrong with it?

It can be a big deal: I do not know the specifics of your situation, but it can cause depression and anxiety, behavior tat is toxic to others, and a failure to empathize with others that leads to unhappiness in those close to you. There is often a failure to prioritize, with the narcissist placing job and money above family. It can alienate people from you. Please get therapy as it can be helped. Empathy is key to tx. ...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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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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How can I recover from narcissistic abuse?

How can I recover from narcissistic abuse?

Get Help: I'm sorry about your experiences. It's hard to pinpoint what kind of mental health provider you might need due to limited info provided. Find a mental health provider who will help you with figuring out how to proceed in terms of therapy. The therapy will help you learn new coping skills: self-care routine, meditation, relaxation, setting up achievable goals. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Can you treat narcissistic behavior with tapping?

Not advisable: Tapping or tft (thought field therapy) has more direct connections to anxiety, pain, weight loss and ptsd. Narcissistic behavior or narcissistic personality disorder are best treated with psychoanalysis, psychodynamic approaches or interpersonal therapies that get at the root problems with superiority and diminished empathy. ...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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What is the definition or description of: narcissistic personality?

Narcissism: Narcissistic personality disorder is a psychiatric disorder that usually first is apparent in adolescence or early adulthood. It is associated with the need for much more attention and appreciation than usual. A common theory is that underlying this need is a great sense of doubt about one's value as a person. ...Read more