Narcissistic Personality Disorder - Symptoms

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What are narcissistic personality disorder symptoms and signs?

In order to be assessed with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder, an individual must demonstrate a pervasive pattern of significantly inflated self esteem (grandiosity), a need to be admired and lack of empathy for others that begins by early adulthood and is present in a number of different aspects of their life. Specific symptoms and signs of this illness can include the following:

  • An excessive sense of self importance, with an expectation of being seen as superior for no reason
  • Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or love
  • Excessive belief that he or she is special or unique
  • A need for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement to special treatment or compliance with their wishes
  • A tendency to take advantage of others to achieve their own goals
  • Lacking empathy for the needs and feelings of others
  • Frequently envious of others or thinking others are envious of him or her
  • Exhibits arrogant thoughts or behaviors

Individuals who have some symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder but not enough for the diagnosis to be assigned are often described as having narcissistic traits.

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