5 Signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Hey Optimist Minds, have you ever heard someone call a person a “narcissist”? This term is often used to describe people who are self-absorbed, arrogant, and mean to others. If you know someone unable to have a fully functional life because of these characteristics, they might have Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

In this video, we are going to discuss some signs of narcissistic personality disorder or NPD. Remember, not all narcissists have this mental health condition. People with narcissistic tendencies can only be diagnosed if they feel that these personality traits are causing them harm. Only use this video for educational purposes as it is not meant to diagnose anyone nor condemn narcissists.

Number 1.

They have a grandiose self-image. 

Do you know anyone who thinks they’re better than almost everyone else? This could be in terms of appearance, intelligence, social status, or morality. 

Their feelings of superiority are so high that they’re constantly pointing it out to others. They usually can’t stand it if someone else is being praised and need to bring all the attention back to their achievements. It might cost them relationships, especially at work.

Number 2.

They have a constant need for admiration. 

You may have noticed that under those feelings of superiority, these individuals have extremely low self-esteem. No amount of praise ever seems enough for them, and they keep fishing for more compliments. 

People with NPD generally seek fans or followers to maintain their delusion of superiority. They’ll attack you and possibly others with accusations and insults. Naturally, this mindset limits their growth and prevents conflict resolution. And if you give them any feedback that they perceive as negative or criticism, it can get ugly.

Number 3.

They seem to lack empathy completely. 

Have you ever seen this person seem indifferent to the feelings of others? Maybe they act in ways that show blatant disregard for other people. According to the DSM 5, this is an essential diagnostic criterion for NPD. 

In their attempts to highlight their superiority, they end up being rude and offensive. They either don’t realise this or don’t care. Consequently, people around them stop caring about them too.

Number 4.

They tend to be exploitative. 

Do you feel like this person is manipulating you or others for their selfish motives? Maybe you revealed something vulnerable to them at some point, and now they are using this information against you. 

It is not unusual for someone with NPD to emotionally blackmail or attempt to control people around them. Since they frequently take advantage of people, they deprive themselves of relationships built on trust. Everyone they care about feels reluctant to share updates from their lives with them.

Number 5

They come across as highly entitled people.

If you’ve interacted with someone with NPD, you must have seen how self-centred they can be. This is probably the most common sign of narcissism, which is why many researchers use an entitlement scale to diagnose NPD.

Narcissists believe that they deserve special treatment. They might expect always to be a priority, get whatever they want, and treat people however they like. They think of these things as their right simply by their superiority. Since that’s not how the real world works, they feel intense frustration.

Do you or someone you know experience these problems? Do these behaviours get in the way of living a peaceful life? If so, consulting a mental health professional might be of help. Let us know in the comments if this video helped you.

A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below. 

Thanks for visiting optimist minds, take care. Until next time.

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