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Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Author: FITivate_B | Published date: March 2, 2023 | Category: Mental Wellness, Mind
 Narcissistic Personality Disorder symptoms and treatment

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

Common signs associated to NPD

If you suspect that someone in your life may have Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), it can be helpful to know the common signs associated with this condition. These signs include externalizing blame, a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, an excessive need for admiration, lack of empathy, entitlement, extreme sensitivity to criticism, self-centeredness, and manipulative behaviour.

The other side of NPD

However, there is another side to NPD that is often overlooked. People with NPD may also experience self-loathing, be prone to anti-social activities, have vulnerable self-esteem, envy others, feel inferior, experience social isolation, feel empty and bored, and struggle to maintain employment.

What can help?

For those suffering from NPD, the first step is acceptance

Psychotherapy

NPD is a complex illness. Seeking help form a mental health professional, such as a therapist, can be crucial to understanding the core issues and learning ways to manage them.

Remember to give

In additional, it’s important to remember to give in relationships. Relationships, platonic or romantic, requires both parties to feel included and have their individual needs met. Invite them to share and fulfill them.

Be curious

Being curious and checking in with the people around you can also help you better understand them. Be sure to give them the time and space to share their life, experiences and emotions with you.

Appreciate

Regardless of the matter, appreciation is key. Showing your gratitude for the things other do for you can go a long way. Keep in mind to not to take things for granted.

For those in contact with a person suffering from NPD

Understanding narcissism

Standing by someone with NPD can feel like an uphill battle. Learning about the disorder can help you set strong boundaries and take their behaviour less personally.

Prioritise your needs

Self-care is a must when dealing with NPD, as it can be an emotionally draining journey. Thus, to prevent burnout, listen to your needs and take the time to pamper yourself. It will help you better cope with the challenges of NPD.

Rely on your support network

Narcissists can say things that makes you question your worth and identity. Spend time with people who know and appreciate you so to not buy into their distortions.

It is okay to give up

It’s important to note that it’s okay to give up on a relationship with someone with NPD if it becomes too much to handle. We all have limits. No matter what this narcissist means to us, we can choose not to journey with them. Make choices that are best for you and your mental health. Remember that the power is in your hands, not theirs.

NPD is not a lost cause.

Although the journey to recovery can be long and difficult, there is hope. With the right support and tools, those with NPD can learn to manage their thoughts and behaviours and live a fulfilling life.

Dr Shawn Ee.

BSc. BPsych. DPsych.(Clinical), Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Registered Psychologist (AHPRA; Australia) 

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