Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a psychological condition where people become self-obsessed and hence toxic for others.
One common personality trait that has increased considerably is narcissism. It encompasses people embody characteristics like arrogance, egotism, manipulation, and a grandiose sense of self-importance. Moreover, people with this disorder seek constant validation, admiration, and favoritism. Whilst talking to them, the conversation always circles back to them.
In addition to all this, they are pretentious. They are extremely charming the first time you meet them, but over time, the facade slowly slips away.
Narcissists claim to be ‘misunderstood’, hence they will always play the victim.
They are kind to people who are relatively well-off than others. Unknowingly, they view people as objects i.e. others should be there to satisfy their needs.
The traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder start manifesting from early adulthood. These people tend to seek constant attention and admiration. Above all, they find it difficult to digest criticism (of any nature) or defeat.
How to Spot a Narcissist?
People with these traits have been blending in society for so long that we justify their behavior. Hence, they believe that it is okay to function like this.
The symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder according to the DSM-5, include:
- Individuals with an extreme sense of self-importance
- Credulity to believe they are extremely successful, beautiful, and loved unconditionally
- Firm Acknowledgment of oneself as a special being, and that they need different people to subsist their issues
- The continual need for admiration
- Craves special treatment
- A lack of empathy
- Try to exploit others
- Jealous, self-centered, and egotistical
Individuals with NPD behave in a bad way when are exposed to criticism. They freely demean others but struggle to find faults and accept them within themselves. They cannot admit their mistakes or that they can be wrong, such thoughts infuriate them.
Moreover, they do not have a lot of relations. People around them find them emotionally draining, hence they tend to leave.
Research shows that people with this disorder are associated with substance abuse; they might deal with anxiety and impulsive mood disorders later in life. Spontanousness and paramount of shame have been observed in people with NPD. Although, the brighter side proposes that these traits at an early age can fade away and wouldn’t cause a problem in adulthood.
What Propagates Narcissism?
There are no particular causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. However, it is commonly believed that people can transmit these traits genetically. Additionally, upbringing plays a giant role in shaping a person’s personality.
Treatment for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Psychologists claim that psychotherapy is useful for such patients. Although, it is also a fact that individuals with NPD take a long time to cope with their complex issues. Perhaps it is arguably problematic for them to understand and accept the flaws, mistakes, and learn from them. In psychology, all conditions can be treated but only if the person is willing.