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Signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
It's hard to ignore people with narcissistic personal disorder. Being high on ego, selfishness, and arrogance, these individuals usually find a way to get almost anyone to notice them. And, it doesn't matter if it's through positive or negative actions. Also, with the advent of mass media such as reality TV and talent shows, they can infuriate or disgust millions of people across the globe.
Signs that someone has this type of personality disorder can be agonizingly noticeable. They’re the ones who appear to be annoying, spiteful, or condescending toward others. Also, they rarely take the blame for their own faults, and will often manipulate a situation -- as well as the people around them -- for their own gains.
Still, there are those with this condition who are not aware of their own shortcomings. A great example of that would be some of the contestants on American Idol. Usually, the first two weeks of the show will parade a collection of hopefuls who believe they have what it takes to become the next pop star. While some do have it, others don’t. And of that latter group, there are those who are totally convinced they have the ability, despite what the judges say (or what the audience must endure to hear). They’ll argue, badger, even ridicule the judges by stating that they “totally missed the next big thing.”
Fun and jokes aside, it’s usually a good sign that this group of contestants has NPD. However, this condition goes beyond clueless contestants on a televised talent show. People with this disorder can be found at work, school, and within a family.
... a person with NPD may have intentionally – or unintentionally – insulted. In many cases, that person will not be aware of the words or actions he or she had directed toward the one that was tormented.
The Signs of NPD
So, what are the signs that someone has this condition? The Mayo Clinic’s Online publication made a list of possible symptoms, or signs, of NPD. According to this list a person with this condition will have the following:
• A belief that he or she is better than everyone else.
• Fantasies about having power, success, and attractiveness (whether he or she actually has it or not).
• He or she exaggerates about their achievements or talents.
• Has a belief that he or she is “special” and acts accordingly.
• Fails to recognize other people’s emotions or feelings.
• Expects others to go along with his/her ideas or plans
• Takes advantage of others. Always jealous of others.
• Believes that others are jealous of him/her.
• Expresses disdain for those he or she feels are inferior.
• Has trouble keeping healthy relationships (often goes through a relationship quickly and often with nasty results).
• Sets unrealistic goals (something the rejected “Idol” contestants seem to have in common).
• Seem to be easily hurt or rejected.
• Has fragile self-esteem.
Other factors that may be a sign of NPD are the way a person handles the angry reactions that come from somebody a person with NPD may have intentionally – or unintentionally – insulted. In many cases, that person will not be aware of the words or actions he or she had directed toward the one that was tormented. Instead, a person with NPD may react to the backlash as if being personally attacked and victimized without taking any faults. He or she may even think that that person reacting to his/her action was the aggressor.
Whatever the case may be, signs of NPD may shed light onto why a certain person acts in a particular way. A person with NPD may not be the most pleasant person to be associated with; however, knowing its signs can help other people understand how to - and possibly learn to - deal with someone with NPD.
More information on NPD
- Narcissistic personality disorder Definition - Diseases and Conditions - Mayo Clinic
Narcissistic personality disorder — Learn about symptoms, risk factors and treatments (an Article from the Mayo Clinic's online resource).
Other Articles on NPD
- Is Facebook breeding Narcissism Among its Devoted Users?
Think you're special and want to let the world know about it? Facebook may supply your narcissistic needs!
Inside the mind of a Person with NPD
© 2015 Dean Traylor