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Analysis Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Have you ever crossed paths with someone who was arrogant, only seemed to care about themselves, looked down their nose at others and shows a lack of empathy towards others? If you have, you have more than likely interacted with someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). I have chosen this topic because in todays’ society this particular disorder is becoming more and more common. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is one of the most talked about personality diagnoses among individuals interested in personality disorders.
NPD is described in the DSM-IV as, “The essential feature of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and lack of empathy that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts” (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). Narcissistic individuals have an excessive self-love and a lack of consideration for others. Those with NPD are also extremely vain and materialistic, has to have the best of everything; believe they are the best at everything, that there is no one better than they are and they will utilize manipulation, demand and even put others down to get what they want.
I thought the best description of NPD was how Muller explains to us in a story that narcissism derives from the Greek myth of Narcissus. A young strapping
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Individuals with this type could express things like over competitiveness, unwillingness to listen to others, over control and isolation. An example of some pathological narcissists is Richard Nixon and Steve Jobs. Nixon’s narcissism was his downfall where Steve Jobs turned his into success. There is a fine line between a productive narcissist and a narcissist who fails; regardless they would all meet the American Psychiatric Associations Narcissistic Personality Disorder criteria (Muller,

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