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Are there degrees of Narcissism?

Postby Lilyblue » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:03 am

Im new here, and have seen some posts refer to NPD and "just N" Can anyone explain the difference?

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Postby shivers » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:31 am

There's a zillion degrees of narcissism! Well, maybe I exaggerate. :D

Everyone has narcissism, that is what makes us love ourselves, or like ourselves.....that is often called healthy narcissism - it's in balance. You love yourself, so that others can love you, your self-esteem is high, you are self-confident, you don't need to bring others down to make yourself feel better, you are emotionally self-sufficient.

But, in some people it's not so balanced, their self-love scale is set at 'too high', and that has many varying degrees of scale too.

People with strong narcissistic traits would be described as being arrogant, selfish, self-absorbed, uncaring and would display little empathy for other's situations. The stronger the traits, the more selfish and arrogant the person. The term narcissistic personality disordered would describe someone with a lot of unhealthy narcissistic tendencies and traits, and who has never learned from life lessons, has never developed empathy, are self-sabotaging of their life, careers and relationships, are predatory in nature, are emotional sponges (where they constantly drain others around them without giving back) and generally 'crappy' people to know, and they would have a history of the same behaviours. Some NPD's go as far as fitting the psychopath characteristics too.

So that is some examples of how diverse narcissism is.
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Postby xX_-_InFeRnO_-_Xx » Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:46 am

NPD is the actual narcisstic personality disorder and N is having the various traits of a narcissist.

Yes, there are various degrees of narcissism, such as:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art22090.asp

There's also the idea of malignant narcissism, which isn't an actual disorder, just a symptom of NPD:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malignant_narcissism

Basically, malignant narcissism is a narcissist whose traits have developed a lot and they are more impulsive with less control over wants/needs.

From what shivers said, it describes what others have said about me (and what I know) to be pretty accurate,such as with the uncaring, emotional sponges, etc... .

Bear in mind, I have personality disorders NOS (combined narcissism, schizoid and dissocial), however, as a result, I don't really care about the feelings of others. I'd know that what I say is hurtful to them but I really couldn't care one bit (may actually like it but that's a different story).

Bear in mind though, PDs can overlap and it's possible to have multiple PDs.

They can supposedly be treated (been in/out of treatment) but truth is, it's more of the other people's behavior :lol:
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