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Difference Narcissist and NPD

Postby JoseMaria » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:29 pm

There is something I don't understand about Narcissism.
Is Narcissism the same as Narcissistic Disorder?
I mean a person proud of their accomplishments has a narcissistic disorder?
For example, a Nobel Prize winner who believes himself to be superior to others is an NPD?
Is he even a Narcissist?
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Re: Difference Narcissist and NPD

Postby Akuma » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:30 am

JoseMaria wrote:There is something I don't understand about Narcissism.
Is Narcissism the same as Narcissistic Disorder?
I mean a person proud of their accomplishments has a narcissistic disorder?
For example, a Nobel Prize winner who believes himself to be superior to others is an NPD?
Is he even a Narcissist?


Being proud of your accomplishments or feeling good after a compliment would be classified under normal / healthy narcissism. In that context narcissism means any form of positive investment into the self or something that [positively] regulates self-esteem and that is an integral part to mental health.
If feeling "superior" is already a sign of pathological narcissism is a balance act I think, as pathological narcissism has a lot to do with how much investment there is into your self, how much has been withdrawn from the outside world and how realisic and complex that self-image (and in relation that of the outside) is.
A "healthy" scientist would aim at superior knowledge for the sake of knowledge and because of a investment into that knowledge, and only secondarily that would be an investment into his self as a scientist - if that makes sense.
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Re: Difference Narcissist and NPD

Postby dibita » Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:37 pm

Akuma is correct. Who I am and/or ought to be is grossly inflated or unrealistic when you have NPD.
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