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What might you see in someone with narcissistic personality disorder?

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The word comes from a Greek myth in which a handsome young man named Narcissus sees his own reflection in a pool of water and falls in love with it.

Sound like someone you know? Are people often upset with him? Is it hard for him to keep relationships? Does he tend to put himself first and think he knows the only “right” way? Someone with narcissistic personality disorder might also:

  • Think about himself most of the time and talk about himself a lot
  • Crave attention and admiration
  • Exaggerate his talents and achievements
  • Believe he’s special
  • Set unrealistic goals
  • Have wide, fast mood swings
  • Have a hard time taking others’ feelings seriously
  • Strive to win, whatever it takes
  • Fantasize about unlimited success, money, and power

From: Narcissistic Personality Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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