I was reading through some of your older posts yesterday. Was interested to see that you've said previously as well that PTSD and NPD are the same? Just wondered if you had any links to read more about this? I haven't heard of this idea before.
What I'm saying is not that PTSD and NPD are the same. It's that NPD, in fact all personality disorders are a form
of PTSD. Along with any other type of compulsive behaviour, including addictions, self-harm and things like anorexia, you name it etc.
Whatever it is is as a result of trauma of some kind and the condition you end up with is dependant on the nature of the trauma and at what point in ones life it occured. If it occured in childhood it's more likely to take the form of some of the above. If, for example it's later in life, like for example, fighting in a war, it will take a different form.
But the fact is it's all delayed stress, a disorder from stress as a result of being unable to let out the bad feelings one experiences from a traumatic event. Supressing the feelings and not being able to feel them will result in them coming out in another, more delayed, elongated and ultimately damaging way.
If a bear is confined it will start to jerk it's head backwards and forwards like in those horrific adverts for the RSPCA, if a parrot suffers too much sensory deprivation it will start plucking out it's feathers almost like self harm.
It's all the same, but it's nothing new. It's an initial coping strategy which over time becomes a problematic habit.