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 »

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 »