Think you can spot a narcissist?

Spotting a narcissist is difficult unless you’re a qualified mental health expert, and even then it can be difficult to diagnose. When you’re romantically involved with one, it’s even harder to spot a narcissist because you’re not thinking, “Are they a narcissist?” You’re wondering if how you’re being treated is healthy and sustainable in the long-run.

The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists nine criteria for narcissistic personality disorder, but specifies that a person only needs to meet five of the nine to qualify them clinically as a narcissist.

Official criteria for NPD diagnosis:

  1. grandiose sense of self-importance
  2. preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  3. belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions
  4. need for excessive admiration
  5. sense of entitlement
  6. interpersonally exploitative behavior
  7. lack of empathy
  8. envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them
  9. demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes

Are you thinking, “OMG, this is sounding way too familiar.” “He/she fits five or more of these criteria…what do I do now?” Don’t worry, the next blog will give you tips on how to handle the situation. For now…SPREAD THE WORD!

Published by Anonymous

Domestic Violence Survivor | Narcissist Survivor | Advocate | Step out of the shadows and Speak up - Break the Silence, Stop the Violence

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