7 Things You Need To Know About A Narcissist

7 Things You Need To Know About A Narcissist

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 “Inflated sense of self…”

“excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance…”

“extreme selfishness…”

“grandiose views of one’s own talents and a craving for admirations…””

“self-centeredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects….in either babies or as a feature of mental disorder…”

Congratulations! By reading though these snippets of personality traits attempting to define narcissism, you have a good sense of nearly every affective, narcissistic symptom!

In reality, more narcissists exist than we may believe. Consider this statistic: it is estimated that over 6% of the population suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). It is important to distinguish between traits of narcissism and the actual disorder as defined by mental health experts.

Many people, from time-to-time, may exhibit some type of narcissism. However, constant display of five or more of these behaviors is a strong indication of NPD:

– Frequently showing arrogant attitudes and/or behaviors.

– Consistent displays of envy whilst believing everyone else in envious of them.

– Lack of empathy.

– Using exploitative techniques against others for personal gain.

– Incessant need for attention and/or praise.

– Believes themselves to be in a “higher class,” often only associating with those similar.

– Fantasizes about fame, wealth, beauty, power and success.

– Grandiose beliefs pertaining to self-importance.

– Exaggerates upon their successes and talents.

Now that you’ve got a good understanding of narcissism, here are 7 other things you should know. 

7 Things You Need To Know About Narcissists

1. The causes of narcissism are unknown

Narcissism is considered an enigmatic condition by medical professionals, in that the root cause(s) are unknown. The consensus, if one can indeed call it such, is that narcissism may arise from some combination of environmental and genetic factors. Maladjustment – the inability to “fit in” to traditional social circles – is generally considered to be a contributor, and is often observable from an early age.

2. Narcissists can be nearly undetectable

Many narcissists are clever folk in that they disguise themselves very well. First off, narcissists don’t often exhibit traditional signs of ‘mental illness’ in the traditional sense. In fact, a narcissist may appear to be gregarious, outgoing and charming – all desirable traits to have in a friend or acquaintance. However, it may become apparent that something may appear to be “off” due to their inflated sense of self-importance and an insatiable need for attention. However, a clever narcissist is often quickly able to dispel any notion of emotional or psychological imbalance.

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