Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Remind you of anyone we know? ... all noise - all the time: "Narcissistic Personality Disorder often have a grandiose view of themselves, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy that begins by early adulthood and is present in various situations. These individuals are very demanding in their relationships. This pattern is indicated by five (or more) of the following:
Has an inflated sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without corresponding achievements).
Is overly concerned with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
Believes she is 'special' and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
Requires excessive admiration. Is often an 'artist' or calligrapher.
Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of very positive treatment or automatic compliance with her expectations.
Takes advantage of others to achieve her own ends.
Lacks empathy: is unwilling to identify with the feelings and needs of others.
Is often jealous of others or believes that others are jealous of her.
Shows arrogant or domineering behaviors or attitudes. "

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