"He/She was a total narc and I am glad, I realized it sooner!" Have you heard the term, Narcissist? People with this disorder believe that they're superior to others and have very little regard for other people's feelings.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
This is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance as well as a deep need for admiration.
However, behind this mask of ultra confidence lies weak self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
NPD is one of several types of personality disorders, often characterized by dramatic and emotional behavior.
Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The cause of NPD is not clear; however, it may be linked to a dysfunctional childhood such as excessive pampering, abuse, or neglect. It's also possible that psychobiology or genetics play a role in the development of this disorder.
Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Believe that he or she is better than others
- Fantasizing about success, attractiveness, and power
- Exaggerate achievements or talents
- Constantly expecting admiration and praise
- Appear to be tough-minded or unemotional
- Being envious of others
- Taking advantage of others
- Lacks empathy
- Displaying arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
- Believing that others are jealous
- Difficulty keeping healthy relationships
- Often setting unrealistic goals
- Come across as conceited, boastful, or pretentious
How to deal with a narcissist?
- Gain proper knowledge- Know about the disorder
- Set clear boundaries- Doing so might disappoint or upset the other person but that's fine.
- Prioritize yourself- If you don't like any behavior they portray, say it on their face. Try to make them understand your point.
Seek or suggest seeking help
If you notice any signs or symptoms of this disorder, consider reaching out to a trusted mental health professional as getting the right treatment can help make your life more worthwhile.