Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a disorder where the affected person has an innate belief that they are superior to others. Hallmarks of this disorder are a severe lack of empathy for others, a need for recognition, and an inflated sense of importance. Those suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder are reactive to attacks that contradict their belief that the world revolved around them. Narcissists are often physically attractive and quite charming at first, which are tools that help them manipulate their surroundings.
Those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder often have:
- An aggressive nature
- Impulsivity (risky sex, addiction)
- Extreme vanity
- Lack of empathy
- Grandiose sense of self
- Unrealistic expectations about fame, fortune or power
It is extremely difficult to get a Narcissist to engage in therapy because of their belief that they are perfect, and therefore require no help from others. However, the therapists at Philadelphia MFT have experience with individuals and families of those suffering with Personality Disorders, and may be able to help you and your loved ones. Having a relationship with a person suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be a heavy burden for any individual, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to help manage this stress.
This topic of the week was written by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT