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Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. A narcissistic personality disorder causes problems in many areas of life, such as relationships, work, school or financial affairs. People with narcissistic personality disorder may be generally unhappy and disappointed when they're not given the special favors or admiration they believe they deserve. They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.
What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)?
People who meet the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder or those who have traits of Antisocial Personality Disorder can operate in extremely manipulative ways within the context of intimate relationships due to their deceitfulness, lack of empathy, and their tendency to be interpersonally exploitative. Although I will be focusing on narcissistic abusers in this post, due to the overlap of symptoms in these two disorders, this can potentially apply to interactions with those who have ASPD to an extent. Understanding the nature of these toxic interactions and how they affect us has an enormous impact on our ability to engage in self-care. Narcissists and those with antisocial traits tend to subject romantic partners through three phases within a relationship.
If you look closely enough, movies and books are filled with characters with narcissistic tendencies. Once you know these type of people exist, you will begin to see them everywhere. Perhaps the most common trait of the narcissistic personality is the insatiable appetite for the attention of others. Once the bombing has subsided, here are ten signs you have encountered a narcissistic personality.