Tuesday, 26 January 2016

5 Signs Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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 perception. 

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 the self. 

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 mechanism.
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