Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), a cluster B personality disorder, is considered to be one of the least identified personality disorders (Pies, 2011). On the other hand, a good number of patients with narcissistic traits present at the psychiatrist’s office with other types of issues such as anxiety or depression. A common finding in clinical practice, NPD frequently coexists with other psychiatric disorders. NPD is a relatively recent diagnostic category. Its origins stem from a great effort between psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists to recognize a cluster of predominantly difficult patients who could not be classified as psychotic, not typically neurotic and overall not responsive to conventional psycho therapeutic treatment options (Gildersleeve, 2012).
NPD appears to be more widespread in males than females for unknown reasons. In the past there has been some speculation that the limited spotlight on grandiosity likely adds to the extensive discrepancy that is seen with small NPD prevalence rates in epidemiological research and elevated occurrences of NPD seen in clinical practice (Campbell, Miller, & Widiger, 2010).
The most important characteristics of NPD are grandiosity, seeking excessive admiration, and a lack of empathy (Ronningstam & Weinberg, 2013). These identifying features can result in a negative impact on an individual’s interpersonal affairs and life general. In most cases, on the exterior, these patients act with an air of right and control, dismissing others, and frequently showcasing condescending or denigrating attitudes. Nevertheless, internally, these patients battle with strong feelings of low self esteem issues and inadequacy. Even though the typical NPD patient may achieve great achievements, ultimately their functioning in society can be affected as these characteristics interfere with both personal and professional relationships. A large part of this is as result of the NPD patient being incapable of receiving disapproval or rebuff of any kind, in addition to the fact that the NPD patient typically exhibits lack of empathy and overall disrespect for others.
Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The definition of NPD states that it comprises of a persistent manner of grandiosity, a continuous desire for admiration, along with a lack of empathy. It starts by early adulthood and occurs in a range of situations, as signified by the existence of any 5 of the next 9 standards (American Psychiatric Association, 2013):
- A grandiose logic of self-importance
- A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty, or idyllic love
- A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions
- A desire for unwarranted admiration
- A sense of entitlement
- Interpersonally oppressive behavior
- No form of empathy
- Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her
- A display of egotistical and conceited behaviors or attitudes
This morning i ran into a sibling who had emptied my mother’s safe, had taken our ill mother to a lawyer , swore on her grave and now like a crocodile sat as i told him with the language of emotions, what it had felt like NOT to know that my mother was in a very serious life threatening situation, a friend of his was there too, and it seemed to work, convincing me that i was OVER REACTING, not in touch with reality , that he had worked so hard for the money than why did he and my sister who claims to be mentally ill , STEAL my part of the inheritance ?
oh, he said, you can have the things you left in mother’s apartment..how kind..up till now he did not allow anything out of the apartment full of valuables and of course he had accused me of being GREEDY, i who did not own anything, he who owns several apartments, now denies that, it was the result all his hard work, then what happened to my mother’s belongings? It was HIS , because he has no empathy for anyone, and according to his logic, since he makes a lot of money, he then deserves to have more money but then , why in the world would he steal from our mother’s safe ? why in the world would he take the share that my mother left me ? NO LOGIC; just the logic of a criminal, BECAUSE HE CAN
The tactic of the psychopath who feel no empathy
and yes, they have FRIENDS; life long friends because they ALL do the same, corruption is their middle name and they can lie so well, all they have to do is repeat and surround you like a pack of wolves but the truth always stands alone, isolated and without friends , and if it has friends, they are not in high places but very humble, and not seeking confrontations.
What to do about the Donald Trumps in our families?
Sit there, after you had your emotional reaction, know there will be no empathy , only an attempt to take more, whatever you have, make sure you are holding to it tight, because it is never enough for the predatory psychopath, they need to neutralize and surround and if you think you are just being paranoid, don’t doubt your own emotions, if you are in rage, you are not over reacting, you are reacting because you have a normal level of empathy.
I just read that Donald Trump is now in a panic to prove that he did in fact contact all the families of the fallen soldiers, the person i am writing about , won’t even do that, he thinks he just has to sit back and wait, he’s got the situation well orchestrated, years of being a highly trained psychopath and on the trail of any money there is in the family have him sitting still, he is waiting to make a kill, but all you have to do is run, as fast as you can, and disappear in the forest . Don’t trust the Donald Trumps in your family. A leopard will never change its spots. Character is destiny and once a crocodile meets a deer there is only flee or get devoured, the choice is up to YOU!
The same tactics of lying and avoiding the facts
the same agenda pushing tactics
and the same gas lighting
He is never alone
surrounded by like minded “good” friends who seem so earnest and full of good intentions
but then you think,
but the facts do not go together what he says
He can not account for a lot of facts
and mostly myths and the same repeated lies
he thinks will finally come out
just do not feel right
is a lie
even if you have been told
Me and the world have this in common, with people like Donald Trump, it is NOT about intelligence , it is about a disturbing lack of empathy and a feeling of entitlement!