Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental disorder characterized by a long-term pattern of exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a diminished ability to empathize with others' feelings.
People with NPD often believe that they are superior to others and that they deserve special treatment. They may also be very sensitive to criticism and may become easily offended.
Here are some of the symptoms of NPD:
- Grandiose sense of self-importance
- Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- Belief that they are unique and special and can only be understood by other special or high-status people
- Need for excessive admiration
- Sense of entitlement
- Interpersonally exploitive behavior
- Lack of empathy
- Envy of others or belief that others are envious of them
- Arrogant or haughty behaviors or attitudes
NPD is a complex disorder that can be difficult to diagnose. However, if you think that you or someone you know may have NPD, it is important to seek professional help. There are effective treatments available that can help people with NPD manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Here are some tips for dealing with someone with NPD:
- Set boundaries and stick to them.
- Don't take their behavior personally.
- Don't try to change them.
- Focus on your own needs and well-being.
- Seek support from friends, family, or a therapist.
If you are struggling to deal with someone with NPD, please know that you are not alone. There are people who can help you. Please reach out for help if you need it.