How Narcissism Stems from a Desire for Control

How Narcissism Stems from a Desire for Control

A desire for control is at the center of many mental health disorders, but perhaps nowhere is it more obvious – and more impactful on others – than in Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD.) The links between narcissism and a desire for control aren’t exactly surprising. After all, if a narcissist can control the situation and […] Read more »

The Transition from Humblebrag to Narcissist

The Transition from Humblebrag to Narcissist

We’ve all seen them on social media. Posts that, even if they’re celebrating a person’s accomplishments. Posts that seem to somehow come off as arrogant. Things like, “My son has the highest reading level in his class! Not surprised though, since I was his teacher #GoodTryOtherMoms.” Or: “Obviously, I got that promotion at work. After […] Read more »

The Fine Line Between Pride and Narcissism

The Fine Line Between Pride and Narcissism

85% of people suffer from low self-esteem. While everyone is always looking for ways to feel better about themselves, sometimes confidence can be taken to the extreme. Pride and narcissism are two completely different things. One propels us forward, making us feel capable. The other is self-destructive, egotistical, and hurts the people around us. In this post, […] Read more »

How did I Succumb to Narcissism?

If you suffer from narcissism, you’re not alone. In fact, recent studies show that over 6% of the population has been diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD.) That same study also shows that your NPD impacts men and women at roughly the same rate. 47% of patients are male, and 53% of patients are female. Still, you […] Read more »

The History of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

History Of Narcissism

A Short History Of Narcissism Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is “a pervasive disorder characterized by symptoms that include grandiosity, an exaggerated sense of self-importance and a lack of empathy for others” according to the revised fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). Similar to other personality disorders (bipolar, histrionic, antisocial), […] Read more »

The High-Functioning Narcissist

It is relatively easy to recognize a narcissist when he or she displays the “classic” behaviors: staying out all night, drinking and using drugs, having obvious affairs, being highly irresponsible with money, difficulty keeping a job, and engaging in both verbal and physical abuse at home. People with those behaviors might have Narcissistic Personality Disorder […] Read more »

Traits of the Narcissist

What are the deeply ingrained personality traits of the narcissist? What makes them tick?According to the DSM IV-TR, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is characterized by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, exploitation of others, and lack of empathy, beginning in early adulthood and manifest in a variety of contexts. Having one or two […] Read more »

Malignant Narcissism

Malignant narcissism, while described somewhat differently by various authors, can be succinctly defined as “an extreme form of antisocial personality disorder that is manifested in a person who is pathologically grandiose, lacking in conscience and behavioral regulation, and with characteristic demonstrations of joyful cruelty and sadism“.With the exceptions of ‘healthy narcissism’, narcissism in adults is […] Read more »

Fragile Narcissism

People with classic Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) often seem conceited, boastful and arrogant. They monopolize conversations and have a strong sense of entitlement. If they don’t receive the ‘special treatment’ to which they feel entitled, they become visibly impatient or angry. Narcissists insist on having “the best” of everything — the best car, country club, […] Read more »