What Makes a Narcissist Tick?

Understanding how a narcissist works is the key to living or working with one. If you can understand his or her behavior, you may be able to accept it as you realize their behavior is NOT a result of anything you did or said despite them emphatically blaming you. If you can accept their behavior […] Read more »

The Passive-Aggressive Narcissist

Although the classic narcissist is often thought of as charming, boisterous and positive (in public), they can also reflect traits of the passive-aggressive personality. They can be negativistic in outlook, blame others and engage in frequent complaining and whining. Narcissists will tell you that they will do something, but if they don’t want to do […] Read more »

The Sadistic Narcissist

Underneath the charismatic façade that the narcissist displays to the world can be an easily angered s****t. Sam Vaknin, author of “Malignant Self-Love”, defines the relationship between narcissism and sadism as psychodynamic ‘cousins’. The narcissist is as capable of meting out pain as any s****t. The reason behind their sadistic acts is what creates the […] Read more »

Narcissism Checklist: Am I a Narcissist?

If you have been in a relationship with a narcissist or are the adult child of narcisstic parents, your biggest fear may be discovering that you, too, may have some narcissistic traits. The key characteristics of narcissism are a lack of empathy and the inability to give unconditional love; if you can be empathetic with […] Read more »

Causes of Narcissism

The exact cause of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is not known. However, many researchers and mental health professionals believe it results from a combination of factors. These factors include biological vulnerability, social interactions with early caregivers, and psychological factors that involve temperament and the ability to manage stress. Some researchers suggest that NPD is more […] Read more »

Subtypes of Narcissism

Beside the classic or conventional narcissism (Narcissistic Personality Disorder defined by DSM IV-TR), there are also specific types, or subtypes, of narcissism. The generic term of narcissism was introduced by Sigmund Freud when referring to a person who is pathologically self-absorbed and lacked empathy. Narcissism is a very generic term and covers many different, specific […] Read more »

Is Narcissism Genetic?

Can you inherit narcissism? Is it genetically-based? These are questions that have some scientists, geneticists and researchers searching for answers. The exact cause of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is not known. However, most researchers and mental health professionals believe it results from a combination of factors. These factors include biological vulnerability, social interactions with early […] Read more »

Why do Narcissists Lie?

Why do narcissists lie? “Because they can”…as the cliché goes. Seriously, many narcissists do lie and they lie constantly. They lie about their education, they lie about their achievements, and they lie about extramarital affairs or what they had for dinner. If someone else is boasting about their 2012 Mercedes, a narcissist will claim (s)he […] Read more »

What is Narcissistic Rage? The 7 Stages of Anger

What is narcissistic rage?

Narcissism (or Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is a diagnosis given to individuals under the classification of personality disorders. Narcissists are extremely selfish and self-centered people who are capable only of thinking about their own issues regarding power, prestige, and personal adequacy. They have little to no empathy, cannot understand the problems of people around them, and […] Read more »

Is There a Treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Treatment for narcissistic personality disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an obsessive pattern of grandiosity, excessive need for admiration and praise, and lack of empathy which usually starts by early adulthood. The narcissist is obsessed with himself and seeing himself as perfect so rarely ever thinks he […] Read more »