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What is "malignant narcissism", and how does it differ from narcissistic personality disorder?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Samuel Miles
It is true that malignant narcissism is not in DSM. It is a concept in psychoanalytic literature to refer to a subset of people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder with a poor prognosis. Malignant Narcissism is not synonymous with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Dr. Samuel Miles
Psychiatry
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In brief: Subtype

Malignant narcissism is a subtype of narcissistic pathology with a poor prognosis.

In brief: Subtype

Malignant narcissism is a subtype of narcissistic pathology with a poor prognosis.
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