What is the Prevalence of Narcissism?

More and more attention is being paid to the term “narcissism” every year. In the age of immediate feedback, cell phones with cameras, social media and of course the “selfie”, people everywhere are wondering if we have become so preoccupied with ourselves that narcissism is on the rise What IS narcissism? Narcissism is short for […] Read more »

The Narcissistic ‘Self-Love’ Explained

Everyone has a little narcissism in them, that’s healthy. You want to look out for yourself, think well of yourself, and be self confident. For most people, loving yourself is taking good care of yourself emotionally, mentally and physically. Most of us know “The Golden Rule” which states, “Do unto others as you would have […] Read more »

Narcissism And Codependency

People who are dependent upon narcissists, alcoholics, or drug addicts are called codependents. The term “codependence” originated with the ‘co-alcoholic’ behavior observed in the spouses and children of alcoholics. Family members frequently exhibited the psychological defenses (like denial) and survival behaviors of the alcoholic which resulted in the extension of the disease from the individual […] Read more »

Narcissistic Supply

In almost every article you read on narcissism you will find plenty of references to “Narcissistic Supply”. What is it? Why do narcissists crave it? Narcissistic Supply is “a psychological concept which describes a type of admiration, interpersonal support or sustenance drawn by an individual from his or her environment. The term is typically used […] Read more »

How to Deal with Narcissistic Rage?

Narcissistic rage is one of the classic behaviors of the narcissist. Most narcissistic victims have experienced serious outbursts of narcissistic rage which can include violent physical attacks, hysteria, screaming and verbal or emotional abuse. Narcissistic rage covers a wide range of behaviors from aloofness or mild irritability to serious, physically violent attacks. A narcissist often […] Read more »

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 »