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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Comment from: Phil, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 09

My wife has progressively increased in narcissistic behavior. She needs more attention, she is snapping, lying, changing her mind about things, has to have things her way, and very controlling and gets angry when it doesn't go her way, and verbally abusive.

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Comment from: Weary, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10

My daughter has angry outbursts, she will say anything and everything to try and hurt you when she argues, has a me-me-me attitude, and she's obsessed with her beauty. She has no respect for anyone of authority, feels she is never wrong, unapologetic, obsessed with marrying the perfect husband, and obsessed with being associated with celebrities or money\finances. She thinks that everyone is here to be her servant, and speaks to people very condescendingly. She goes from one end of the spectrum to the other in less than 2 seconds; no middle ground for her, refers to people as peasants, doesn't like to be told no, lies all the time and extremely well.

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