Narcissism & NPD
ABOUT NARCISSISM AND NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER (NPD)
One of the most difficult components for those struggling with narcissism is feeling so misunderstood. In its most basic definition, narcissism is a feeling of deep-seated insecurity for which we compensate with self-involvement, entitlement, and/or overconfidence to try to feel like we matter. This sense of inferiority and the attempt to combat it can be difficult to bear, especially if it begins to affect your relationships, mood, career, and daily life.
While people with narcissistic traits often appear extremely confident on the surface, they may feel deeply fragile even to small criticism, creating an ongoing battle with self-esteem and difficulties with friendships, coworkers, and romantic relationships. Narcissism is on a spectrum and everyone has some narcissistic traits so just because you deal with some signs of narcissism doesn’t mean you have Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
SIGNS OF NARCISSISTIC TENDENCIES
- Has secret feelings of insecurity, vulnerability, shame, and humiliation.
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance such as, exaggerating talents and expecting recognition as superior.
- Is often preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, and perfection.
- Believes that he or she is special and unique, leading one to think they should only associate with high status individuals.
- Requires an excessive amount of admiration from others.
- Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment and a strong sense of entitlement.
- Takes advantage of others and lacks empathy when it pertains to recognizing with the feelings and needs of other individuals.
- Is envious of others or believes they are envious of him or her.
- Shows arrogant behavior or attitudes.
- Becomes angry when special treatment is not received.
- Has difficulty regulating emotions and behavior.
- Feels depressed due to not reaching perfection.
COMPLICATIONS OF NARCISSISM
- Relationship difficulties.
- Career or school related problems.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Physical health problems.
- Drug or alcohol misuse.
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior.
TREATMENT FOR NARCISSISM
Our therapists are specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Family Therapy, which are all proven by research to be highly effective in treating Narcissism. Couples Therapy We can help you replace narcissistic compensations with a deep sense of security within yourself and help you develop empathy for other people’s point of needs and feelings, thus healing your relationships. We will help you replace grandiose thoughts with positive and realistic ideas, including understanding how past experiences have shaped you and caused the problematic dynamics in your life and relationships. We will help you heal by addressing internal conflicts that may be the root causes of narcissism, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. Our approach will allow you to challenge and change certain beliefs about yourself and the world, which is an essential part of the healing process.