Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder characterized by enduring patterns of inner experience and behavior that are sufficiently rigid and deep-seated to bring a person into repeated conflicts with his or her social environment. These dysfunctional patterns must be regarded as nonconforming or deviant by the person’s culture, and cause significant emotional pain and/or difficulties in relationships and occupational performance. These problematic behaviors may include an inappropriate perception of themselves and others, intensity and duration of feelings outside of the norm, problems controlling impulses, and difficulty maintaining healthy relationships.

  • The Many Faces of Narcissistic Aggression

    Prone to magical thinking, the narcissist is deeply convinced of the transcendental meaning of his life. He fervently believes in his own uniqueness and “mission”....

  • Narcissist of Substance vs. Narcissist of Appearances

    Why do some narcissists end up being over-achievers, pillars of the community, and accomplished professionals – while their brethren fade into obscurity, having done little of...

  • The Narcissist in Therapy

     Interview granted to The New TherapistBy Sam VakninAuthor of “Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited” Q. Have you ever been in psychotherapy? If so, was...

  • Twitter: Narcissism or Age-old Communication?

    It has become fashionable to castigate Twitter – the microblogging service – as an expression of rampant narcissism. Yet, narcissists are verbose and they do...

  • Narcissistic Mothers and Their Children

    Interview granted to Samantha Cleaver for YourTango.com Q. What are some common ways that a mother’s narcissism can affect her daughter’s relationships? A. Depends on...

  • Narcissistic Injury, Narcissistic Wound, and Narcissistic Scar

    Narcissistic Injury An occasional or circumstantial threat (real or imagined) to the narcissist’s grandiose and fantastic self-perception (False Self) as perfect, omnipotent, omniscient, and entitled...

  • Addiction and Personality Disorders

    A voluminous literature notwithstanding, there is little convincing empirical research about the correlation between personality traits and addictive behaviors. Substance abuse and dependence (alcoholism, drug...

  • Narcissists, God, and Religion

    “1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters,...

  • The Narcissist as an Old Person

    “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the...

  • The Narcissist as Eternal Child

    “Puer Aeternus” – the eternal adolescent, the semipternal Peter pan – is a phenomenon often associated with pathological narcissism. People who refuse to grow up...

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