Summary: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is characterized by a strong sense of entitlement, complete self-centeredness and a need for constant admiration and adulation.
Narcissistic personalities lack empathy, have a super-human capacity
for manipulation and often control and manipulate those around them
often resorting to mental abuse and emotional blackmail tactics that are
so well disguised they remain off the standard radar of human
Here are 5 signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
Lacks Genuine empathy
Narcissists lack genuine feelings of empathy, though many of them do
tend to act it out. However, this is usually behavior learned from
other people’s responses and is not authentic. Empathy is the ability to relate to how something makes another
person feel emotionally. Narcissistic personalities are unable to “put
themselves in someone else’s shoes”, so to speak.
Acts manipulative & exploitative
NPD’s are masters of deception and invisibility and may resort to
using ruthless tactics and stepping on other people, in order to get
what they want.
If they don’t get what they want then you will mostly likely either
feel their wrath or will be subject to the silent treatment.
Alternatively, if in a relationship with a narcissist, sex may be
withheld as punishment or provided as reward.
Displays arrogance, superiority and self-importance
Narcissistic personalities feel like they are a part of a group of
highly privileged people who are superior to everyone else. They believe
they are better than everybody else, they know more than anyone else
and they always know best, no matter how skewed their worldview is. Due to their lack of empathy, they believe it’s other people’s faults
for falliing prey to their abuse/lies/deception/exploitation and
therefore they are not to blame for behaving in such a way.
Always thinks about how things relate to them and no-one else
Self-centeredness is different to selfishness. When a narcissistic
personality talks about their life, they make regular use of the words
“I”, “me” and “mine”, often using them when they should be using the
terms “us”, “we” or “our”. Additionally, narcissists always think about how situations affect
themselves but not how they affect others. Their focus is constantly on
Obsessed with upholding their false self
NPD’s obsessively portray themselves to the outside world to be good,
caring, genuine, honest people and want people to believe they are “as
good as gold” and that “they wouldn’t hurt a fly”. In effect, this is a projection to cover the manipulation, exploition
and deceit that truly happens behind the scenes. Additionally, many
“elite” narcissists regularly make donations to charity.
It should be noted that these behaviors are pathological, they are
deep-rooted in the subconscious and work to form an invisible,
protective, virtually impenetrable exterior which acts as a defense
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