Narcissism 101

The quotes above are a tiny representation of what a narcissist is. Having a lifetime of experience with narcissists I can tell you they are the most cunning, deceptive and egregious people among us.

The Mayo Clinic describes narcissism as, “A mental disorder in which people;

 

  • Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty, or the perfect mate
  • Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  • Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  • Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  • They behave arrogantly or haughtily coming across as conceited, boastful, and pretentious
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office
  • Have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism
  • Become impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment
  • Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
  • React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
  • Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
  • Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
  • Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
  • Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability, and humiliation

 

The same experts do not know the cause but say there are three possibilities;

 

  • Environment-mismatches in parent-child relationships with either excessive adoration or excessive criticism that is poorly attuned to the child’s experience
  • Genetics-inherited characteristics
  • Neurobiology-the connection between the brain and behavior and thinking
 
The one trait they failed to mention is, narcissists are liars. This is true for every narcissist I know. They will tell you they don’t lie and they believe that to be true because it’s their reality.

 

Now that you know, if there are narcissists in your life run as fast as you can and don’t look back! 

 

Return to “Beware of the Narcissist“.

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