Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Narcissists Commandments

I enjoy each and every one of Laura Kamienski's posts, but I found this one to be particularly amusing, insightful and absolutely true!

http://laurakamienski.blogspot.com/2009/07/narcissists-commandments.html#comments

6 comments:

  1. many men can have some of these traits that she lists. I think you had shared something on your myspace, but can't remember. what are the distinguishing traits for a narcissist. I feel some people when they are depressed can be selfish, see others as responsible for their happiness and blamed for their discontent, etc.

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  2. Narcissistic personality disorder is defined by the DSM-IV-TR, handbook used to diagnose mental disorders, as one of 10 personality disorders. As a group, these disorders are described by as "enduring pattern[s] of inner experience and behavior" that are sufficiently rigid and deep-seated to bring a person into repeated conflicts with his or her social and occupational environment. DSM-IV-TR specifies that these dysfunctional patterns must be regarded as nonconforming or deviant by the person's culture, and cause significant emotional pain and/or difficulties in relationships and occupational performance.

    To meet the diagnosis of a personality disorder, the patient's problematic behaviors must appear in two or more of the following areas:

    -perception and interpretation of the self and other people

    -intensity and duration of feelings and their appropriateness to situations

    -relationships with others

    -ability to control impulses

    NPD is defined more specifically as a pattern of grandiosity (exaggerated claims to talents, importance, or specialness) in the patient's private fantasies or outward behavior; a need for constant admiration from others; and a lack of empathy for others.
    For diagnosis, an individual must fit five or more of the following descriptions:

    -he/she has a grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerates accomplishments and demands to be considered superior without real evidence of achievement).

    -he/she lives in a dream world of exceptional success, power, beauty, genius, or "perfect" love.

    -he/she thinks of him- or herself as "special" or privileged, and that he/she can only be understood by other special or high-status people.

    -he/she demands excessive amounts of praise or admiration from others.

    -he/she feels entitled to automatic deference, compliance , or favorable treatment from others.

    -he/she is exploitative towards others and takes advantage of them.

    -he/she lacks empathy and does not recognize or identify with others' feelings.

    -he/she is frequently envious of others or thinks that they are envious of him/her.

    -he/she "has an attitude" or frequently acts in haughty or arrogant ways.

    http://www.minddisorders.com/Kau-Nu/Narcissistic-personality-disorder.html

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  3. i hope you continue to write (here). you write well, are clearly well educated (in more ways than one !) ( sorry- but thankyou ) and i can totally relate to what ive read so far. i too am reading everything i can on the subject of narcissism and all its manifestations. im almost sick of the subject at times, but since i live with one i need to connect with the education resources online once in a while. every time i read a new persons accounts i remember something else from the history with the N that struck me odd or hurt. please continue to write...

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