Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Definition

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by behavior or a fantasy of grandiosity, a lack of empathy and a need to be admired by others. Narcissistic personality has a pathological unrealistic or inflated sense of self-importance, has an inability to see the viewpoints of others, and is hypersensitive to the opinions of others.

ONSET: Early adulthood and with a variety of contexts.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnostic Criteria

Behavior or a fantasy of grandiosity, a lack of empathy and a need to be admired by others. As indicated by at least five of the following:

  1. Grandiose sense of self-importance.
  2. Fantasies of and preoccupied with beauty, brilliance, ideal love, power, or unlimited success.
  3. A belief of being special and unique and can only be understood or a need to associate with people of high status.
  4. A need for excessive admiration.
  5. An unreasonable expectation of being treated with favor or excepting an automatic compliance to her / his wishes.
  6. Will use others to achieve her / his goals.
  7. Lacks empathy.
  8. Believes others are envious of her / him or is envious of others.
  9. Contemptuous or haughty attitudes / behaviors.

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