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Can someone be a narcissist and not have narcissistic personality disorder?

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Someone can be a narcissist and not have the disorder. He may be self-absorbed and hypercompetitive, but not to the extent that it disrupts his daily life.

It’s proven that most people are drawn to narcissists and find them attractive, charismatic, and exciting. Confidence is charming. And successful leaders are often more assertive and demanding.

From: Narcissistic Personality Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Narcissistic Personality Disorder."

American Psychological Association: "Personality."

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Konrath, S. Aug. 5, 2014. PLOS One:

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Harvard Business Review: “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 21, 2017

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Narcissistic Personality Disorder."

American Psychological Association: "Personality."

PsychCentral: “Narcissistic Personality Quiz.”

Konrath, S. Aug. 5, 2014. PLOS One:

Bushman, B. Feb. 12, 2015. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences:

Thomas, S. 2008. Journal of Personality Assessment,

Psychologia: “Malignant Narcissism vs. Narcissism vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder.”

Harvard Business Review: “Narcissistic Leaders: The Incredible Pros, the Inevitable Cons.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 21, 2017

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