Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic personality consists of a constellation of traits that include an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a preoccupation with being admired, and a lack of empathy for the emotions of other people. Narcissistic personality disorder is a long-standing, inflexible way of behaving that has developed from childhood (Frank, 2021).

Those that suffer from NPD believe that regardless of their accomplishments they are due unlimited success, power, intelligence, and beauty. They tend to brag constantly and make themselves the center of attention, all the while expecting everyone to agree with their entitlement beliefs.

Narcissism can sometimes be confused with the type of love that you feel for someone else. We must be careful that we love someone for who they are, and not because we love something about them that reminds us of ourselves. Love for others does not always have to involve a narcissistic approach. A relationship with someone with a narcissistic approach can be very toxic and unhealthy.

On the other hand, loving someone who has NPD can be draining. Trying to love someone who has a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, an excessive need for admiration, cocky, manipulative, selfish, patronizing, and demanding. Meeting the demands of someone with NPD are impossible because they will never acquire enough success or power, leaving you in a constant state of confusion, wondering what you are doing wrong, when you are not even part of the problem. You will never receive compassion or understanding from someone who suffers from NPD because they are not capable of providing that for you. The truth is, that you attracted this person with NPD because they saw in you what they want to exist in themselves. They will end the relationship when you no longer meet their needs. When you no longer compliment them or admire them or when they can no longer manipulate you is when they will end the relationship. The relationship is not limited to romantic relationships, it includes all relationships.

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