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What Is Narcissism
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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