Pathological Narcissism: Definition & Symptoms

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Narcissistic personality traits can be very complicated and are sometimes difficult to understand. Through this lesson, you will learn what defines a pathologically narcissistic person and explore the various symptoms used to identify the disorder.

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Watch Out for These Predators

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The malignant narcissist in your life may not be serving time in jail. Technically, this dangerous predator hasn’t broken any laws. Or, perhaps she did, but just wasn’t caught.

Although it’s illegal to harass someone, you’d have a very hard time proving that’s what happened. Adult bullies are very good at covering up their misdeeds. This is how they manage to destroy people, and still maintain a mask of saintliness.

They have a number of ways to accomplish their nefarious plans, and they usually succeed. Eventually, their impulsive nature gets the better of them. But, until that happens, they get away with outrageous antics.

How do they do this?

One of their favorite tricks is bullying by proxy. Instead of attacking directly, they recruit a team of flying monkeys. These little primates take turns doing and saying obnoxious things, in an effort to make a target come undone.

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Malignant Narcissism vs. Narcissism vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Psychologia

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How has the DSM-5 been received in the UK?

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The reception to the new DSM-5 has been mixed. The British Psychological Society (BPS) published a largely critical response in which it attacked the whole concept of the DSM. It stated that a “top-down” approach to mental health, where patients are made to “fit” a diagnosis is not useful for the people who matter most – the patients.

The BPS said: “We believe that any classification system should begin from the bottom up – starting with specific experiences, problems, symptoms or complaints.

“Since – for example – two people with a diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘personality disorder’ may possess no two symptoms in common, it is difficult to see what communicative benefit is served by using these diagnoses. We believe that a description of a person’s real problems would suffice.”

The UK mental health charity Mind took a more positive approach. The charity’s chief executive, Paul Farmer, said: “Mind knows…

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5™)

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition is the guidebook used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders.

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Divorce – how narcissists are tackled by the Family Courts in England and Dubai

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In 2015, the Court of Appeal in England and Wales considered the case of Re P (a child) [2015] EWCA in which the father was diagnosed by a forensic physiatrist as suffering from an “Histrionic Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder”. The report summarised the father’s behaviour as follows:-

  • He reacts to criticism (real or perceived) with feelings of rage;
  • He is interpersonally exploitive taking advantage of others to achieve his own ends;
  • He has a grandiose sense of self importance, e.g. exaggerating his achievement or talents;
  • He expects to be noticed as “special” even without appropriate achievements;
  • The corollary of this is his denegation of others without relevant cause;
  • He believes his problems are unique and can only be understood by other special people;
  • He is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love;
  • He has a sense of entitlement and unreasonable expectation…

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Feeling intense shame can turn some people into narcissists

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  • Intense feelings of shame can affect people’s personalities.
  • Sometimes, if someone feels a lot of shame about their early life, it can turn them into a narcissist.
  • This is because it’s easier to have a grandiose, arrogant mask than to face what’s gong on inside.
  • By looking down on others, narcissists don’t have to imagine there is anything wrong with themselves.

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