The Most Common Signs & Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. By Katherine George ̵
I hope that you all have been enlightened and informed about NPD Disorder. As we continue with Part 3, really pay attention to the signs in regards to yourself, a friend, family member or even someone that you are dating. In this blog you will read about the next 4 common signs of NPD.
8. You Enjoy Being the Center of Attention
Since narcissists need constant praise from others in order to feed their low self-esteem, and because they feel superior to others, they crave attention at all times and will often seek it out. “Narcissists dominate conversations,” says psychotherapist Joseph Burgo, PhD, the author of The Narcissist You Know. He tells Health.com, “They feel compelled to talk about themselves, and they exaggerate their accomplishments.”
It’s important to note that “there are two types of narcissism: ‘grandiose’ and ‘vulnerable,’” says Sander Van der Linden, PhD, a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge, to Shape magazine. Not surprisingly, it’s the grandiose narcissist that craves attention and often receives it by being “outspoken, arrogant, self-loving, and entitled.”
9. Lack Empathy
This one isn’t all that surprising considering all of the other traits on this list. Narcissists often lack empathy. They are unable to empathize with others or understand other people’s perspectives to comprehend their struggles. Healthline lists it as “having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of other people.”
“Sometimes a person with NPD can seem totally reasonable until they say something that’s just outrageously insensitive,” says Cory Newman, PhD, a professor of psychology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, when talking to Prevention. “They’d be the person that complains about how annoying their father is to someone who’s father just died.”
10. Boundless Ambition
Having goals or ambitions in life is a good thing, but narcissists take it to a whole other level. Because they feel superior to others and think they are “naturally special,” they often set boundless ambitions for themselves. Narcissists fantasize about being the best of the best.
“They fantasize about how much more powerful they will be, how much more beautiful, how much richer,” says marriage and family therapist Karyl McBride, PhD, when talking to Health.com. Their sense of entitlement and superiority is why they tend to only associate themselves with “high status” people and “obsess over status symbols (from the right shoes to the right stroller) and even belittle anyone who they don’t perceive to be part of the same exclusive club,” says Health.com.
11. Incredibly Insecure
This one might seem odd because of all the other characteristics on this list, such as being charming, entitled, and believing they are superior to others, but people who suffer from narcissism are usually incredibly insecure which is why they feel the need to put down others.
According to Sander van der Linden, PhD, a social psychologist at the University of Cambridge, there are two types of narcissism: grandiose and vulnerable. One is more outspoken while the other is more introverted. “The insecurity of vulnerable narcissists often seems to stem from the fact that they internally question whether or not they are truly special and unique and therefore are more likely to seek and rely on positive affirmation from others,” he says.
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