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Narcissism: A Guide to Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

Narcissistic literally means excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.
It’s a nice feeling to be admired. It naturally makes us feel good and feel important. And, yes, we sometimes boast and brag on ourselves as well but being so obsessed with yourself is not to good it also had bad effect on daily behaviour.Associated with narcism is a disorder called Narcissistic Personality Disorder.This disorder (NPD) is closely associated with egocentric, a personality characteristic in which people see themselves and their interests and opinions as the only ones that really matter.The hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.

Signs of Narcissism

Here is a list of common behaviour of narcissists:

  •  Exaggerated need for attention and validation
  •  Lack of empathy-donot have feelings or care about others.
  • Superiority and entitlement-consider themselves the most superior.
  • Perfectionism
  • Believes he or she is special and can only be understood by other special people or institutions.
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence or ideal romance.

It appears to occur more often in males than females and affects young people more than older people.

Causes

Causes of narcissistic personality disorder are not yet well-understood. Genetic and biological factors as well as environment and early life experiences are all thought to play a role in the development of this condition.

Treatment

Psychotherapy is the key approach in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder. Treatment for disorder can be challenging because people with this condition present with a great deal of grandiosity and defensiveness, which makes it difficult for them to acknowledge problems and vulnerabilities. Individual and group psychotherapy may be useful in helping people with narcissistic personality disorder relate to others in a healthier and more compassionate way. Mentalization-based therapy, transference-focused psychotherapy, and schema-focused psychotherapy have all been suggested as effective ways of treating narcissistic personality disorder.

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  1. Narcissist Mental Disorder is getting common these days in Pakistan and USA and every where. This is very common in females and males (married couples). Every one should research with the help of web sites and get healed themselves and try to come out of Toxic relationship. Life is a one time gift and don’t wast after mental ill spouses.

  2. I Am from Karachi, Pakistan and arrived 2 and half years back in USA. I married for last 5 years. Lucky I got the idea after coming here that my Narcissist wife played with my emotions since our married life started. Since here it is much liberty and she fell into who circle of her elder sister and cousin who were living in here is 2 decades, both are divorced and then my wife joined them and demanding divorce as has got wide circle of people.

    It was difficult for me to understand what was going on in my life since I got married. Finally I left her alone and moved on as my community leaders and people advised to me to safely move on with whom I shared her activities. I have read many articles for healing and got the idea to detach myself and she cheated with me not only with my hard earned saving of more than 2 decades and abused me a lot and thanks to Allah am survivor. My family are living here since last 2 decades who have supported me to get out of hell.

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