A neighbor's adult child (32 years old) was recently diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder after being charged with harassing and stalking others online. Symptoms include: Exaggeration of their own abilities or achievements. Sense of entitlement. Exploitation of others. Lack of empathy. Envy of others. An arrogant, haughty attitude. The couple's child lived at home with the parents and is known to be intelligent though he held no job. I am just curious as to what homelife or child-rearing factors contribute to a child developing such a disorder?
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connorj, how sad to think it may be prevalent. This individual's parents used to act a bit stuck up, but not abusive to this, their only child. In fact they used to brag they never spanked him. One is a psychiatrist, the other a politician's child.
Intriguing food for thought, Paradise7. And even if a person is not born narcissistic, if one is brought up with only narcissistic examples, I imagine it has to somehow affect that child's own personality.
Thanks for your insight!
Perhaps you're right, randallstisobel. I reckon I want to be sure I don't do anything dumb that can contribute to one of mine turning out this way!
They say parents can neither take all the credit for good children nor all the blame for bad children. What will be will be for the most part. But I'm sure all will be well for your brood.