“One of the few conditions where the patient is left alone and everyone else is treated” (unknown)
The diagnostic statistical manual for mental health disorders (DSM) describes narcissism as a personality disorder and it comes in a spectrum. Some people have traits, while others have full blown narcasstic personalities NPD. This condition has a number of traits which include believing he/she is special; have a grandiose sense of importance over others; requires attention and gratification to boost there ego; is pre-occupied by beauty, power, success; has a demand of entitlement; lacks empathy; arrogant and envious of others that they feel inferior of.
People with this disorder believe they are the centre of importance in everyone’s lives or to anyone they meet. While this pattern of behaviour may well have been appropriate to a king and queen many centuries ago, hitherto it is considered completely inappropriate.
This disorder is more prevelant in males than females and it is said that it inorgurates from childhood trauma, or a child with parents who are narssastic. Further, according to Steve Bresert, It’s in 6% of the population. Many people with NPD do not seek out treatment unless it significantly impacts on there or someone close to there lives.
Having long term psychotherapy for the NPD individual is The treatment that is considered worthwhile and affective in treating it. Deep in there core is an insecure vulnerable person that hides this from the world and needs there ego constantly gratified in order to feel important.
When you think about the people you come into contact with, be it a friend, family member or romantic partner, do any of following ring a bell?
- Very likeable to begin with
- Not all are loud, some are shy
- Found in leadership or important roles
- Conversation is always turned around to them
- They name drop
- A story told is never there fault
- They like nice things
- Appearance is very important to them as is reinforcing this apparent beauty
- Facebook friend overload and lots of pictures
- Don’t take Cristian well
- Always leave wreckage behind them aka friendships, partners etc
- Always needs there way and everything is personal to them although not shown
- They have no idea they are a narssastic person
And the level of narcissism is higher among today’s millennials than previous generations at similar ages, however in regards to culture and area further research is imminent to ascertain this.