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Are narcissists insane?
"Insanity" is not a medical - or even unequivocal - term.
Personality disorders are an excellent example of the kaleidoscopic landscape of "objective" psychiatry.
The classification of Axis II personality disorders � deeply ingrained, maladaptive, lifelong behavior patterns � in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fourth edition, text revision [American Psychiatric Association. DSM-IV-TR, Washington, 2000] � or the DSM-IV-TR for short � has come under sustained and serious criticism from its inception in 1952, in the first edition of the DSM.
The DSM IV-TR adopts a categorical approach, postulating that personality disorders are "qualitatively distinct clinical syndromes" (p. 689). This is widely doubted. Even the distinction made between "normal" and "disordered" personalities is increasingly being rejected. The "diagnostic thresholds" between normal and abnormal are either absent or weakly supported.
The polythetic form of the DSM's Diagnostic Criteria � only a subset of the criteria is adequate grounds for a diagnosis � generates unacceptable diagnostic heterogeneity. In other words, people diagnosed with the same personality disorder may share only one criterion or none.
The DSM fails to clarify the exact relationship between Axis II and Axis I disorders and the way chronic childhood and developmental problems interact with personality disorders.
The differential diagnoses are vague and the personality disorders are insufficiently demarcated. The result is excessive co-morbidity (multiple Axis II diagnoses).
The DSM contains little discussion of what distinguishes normal character (personality), personality traits, or personality style (Millon) � from personality disorders.
A dearth of documented clinical experience regarding both the disorders themselves and the utility of various treatment modalities. Numerous personality disorders are "not otherwise specified" � a catchall, basket "category".
Cultural bias is evident in certain disorders (such as the Antisocial and the Schizotypal).
The emergence of dimensional alternatives to the categorical approach is acknowledged in the DSM-IV-TR itself:
"An alternative to the categorical approach is the dimensional perspective that Personality Disorders represent maladaptive variants of personality traits that merge imperceptibly into normality and into one another" (p.689)
The following issues � long neglected in the DSM � are likely to be tackled in future editions as well as in current research. But their omission from official discourse hitherto is both startling and telling:
The longitudinal course of the disorder(s) and their temporal stability from early childhood onwards;
The genetic and biological underpinnings of personality disorder(s);
The development of personality psychopathology during childhood and its emergence in adolescence;
The interactions between physical health and disease and personality disorders;
The effectiveness of various treatments � talk therapies as well as psychopharmacology.
"Insanity" is not a medical term. This is true. However, there is a legal definition of insanity, which is being unable to act or make decisions based on sound reasoning. According to this definition, narcissists are not insane, because they make their decisions consciously.
On the other hand, if you're speaking colloquially, in that "insane" refers to the inability to think or feel normally, then the answer is yes. People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder do think and feel differently from normal people.
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Of course. It is not the denying of one's being narcissistic that makes one narcissistic. Narcissism is the pattern of traits and behaviors which involve infatuation and… obsession with one's self to the exclusion of others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition. In everyday use outside the field of psychology, the word generally refers to people who just are inordinately fond of themselves, without the pathological connotations. You can go to wikipedia for more information. Yes, but when they do admit it, they won't see it as a "bad" thing. In fact, they might feel glorified in their admitted narcissism.
Someone who worships him or her self. everything revols around you, everythign you do is for your own good and use Narcissism is the practice of displaying (among others);- gr…andiosity (superiority,) entitlement, competitiveness and envy, lack of empathy (understanding and considering others,) shallow affect (vague or superficial feelings and emotions,) Lack of insight or self-awareness (never considers that attitudes/behaviour may be unhealthy to self or others,) Poor impulse control (cannot resist urges especially destructive ones and especially when angry,) manipulative behaviour. When these behaviours go to extremes (and are displayed over a significat period of time) a medical diagnosis of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) may be made. Many people may display some (or all) of these traits without having the disorder, on fact most of us display these from time to time. It is logical to say that the more of these traits displayed and the more frequently they are displayed then the more narcissitic that person may be.
To be sane is to have your wits about you, to understand what you're doing and where you are and be able to be a normal and functional member of society. Being INsane is the o…pposite. An insane person might hallucinate, not know who they are, where they are, what the year is, might indulge in compulsive behaviours etc. --------------------------- To be judged insane, you must have no clear definition of right or wrong, and no recognition of the existence of those other than yourself. Also there is a marked difference between being mentally ill and being insane. Someone who is mentally ill might hallucinate, someone who is insane would have no concept of the world around him/her, or have a concept that is extremely removed from the current reality. However, your level of functioning within society is NOT a measure of sanity. Ex. If we went back a few thousand years, and a group of us got down on our knees three times a day and bowed repeatedly for 20 minutes, had conversations or talked with a being we could not see, smell or touch and turned down all pork or pork produce, we would not be seen as normal, we would almost certainly be seen as a little crazy/insane. It's all about context.
somebody who has the following symptoms Reacting to criticism with anger, shame, or humiliation Taking advantage of others to reach own goals Exaggerating own import…ance, achievements, and talents Imagining unrealistic fantasies of success, beauty, power, intelligence, or romance Requiring constant attention and positive reinforcement from others Becoming jealous easily Lacking empathy and disregarding the feelings of others Being obsessed with self Pursuing mainly selfish goals Trouble keeping healthy relationships Becoming easily hurt and rejected Setting goals that are unrealistic Wanting "the best" of everything Appearing unemotional
because everyone has to have insanity
A narcissist (from character in the Greek mythology, Narcissus) is someone who seeks pleasure only for themselves.
This happens a lot as narcissists choose narsissitic mates much of the time. They deal with each other the same way they deal with everyone else and they form a sick and t…wisted relationship that's bound to have its share of pain and suffering. The kids are at risk especially since they are cut off from any potential of having a good parent, unless the kids are taken from them. Watching 2 narcissists fight could be very interesting, even ammusing if you realized what was going on. You could bet money on which one would outsmart or outmanipulate the other. A narc cannot play another narc. It's like a user can't use a user. They know who they can suck dry and who they can't.
They are born that way. A narcissist is just a milder form of a psychopath, they can feel shame and guilt but that is all. You will know when you have been around a narcissi…st because you will feel used abused and robbed. Read all you can on this horrific disorder.
You can't make a narcissist acknowledge their personality defect. They wouldn't believe you. They wouldn't care. The very aspects of their personality would make your efforts …futile. It is extremely unlikely that you could make them change. The best thing you can do is to learn more about narcissism. First, you should read up on the disorder. There are dozens of good websites sponsored by well known hospitals and other respected institutions that sponsor web pages devoted to narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder. If you have a good understanding of narcissism you will have the knowledge to deal with it more constructively. Here are a few pointers: keep your distance- don't get too close and do not let them into your personal lifebe practical about the disorder- you won't change them so step back whenever their narcissistic behavior rises to the surface define some limits- by not responding to inappropriate behavior you reinforce itavoid conflictdo not try to argue or reason with them- your winning or convincing is counter to their world view- they will not allow itgain more understanding to enable you to work as constructively as possiblegive practical support when and if they ask for it
sometimes if they say they are then that doesn't really mean that there insane
People who have been bought up by a narcissist are usually isolated (on purpose) This stops them from being able to find support. Or even clarity to see they are in an unhealt…hy relationship. Quite often the victims have been demonised by the narcissist behind their backs so it can be hard to find someone to believe them. They have also been conditioned by the narc to accept the violence as normal. Once you can achieve some distance from the narc abuser, you are able to see the blatant manipulations, lies and lack of emotional content, you will see their own interests and greed come first. They are unfixable. Do not waste your life on these people. They are inferior to people who have genuine compassion and empathy.
Generally, that won't work due to the very nature of the personality disorder. Narcissists are not open to criticism, even constructive criticism. Individuals with narcissis…tic personality disorder are typically unwilling or unable to acknowledge their disorder. Although some may recognize the difficulty they have in their relationships with other people, they blame others for those problems. They are typically unable to modify their behavior. They have a conviction that they can do no wrong. One of the striking hallmarks of NPD is the utter lack of self awareness. They often have a defective ability to interprete other people's speech and actions which leads them to think they are liked and respected and the world agrees with their inflated sense of self. Many do not recognize that they have a problem at all. If they do suspect they have a problem they are more likely to step up their self defenses, reject outside intervention and avoid introspection at any cost and so they are doomed to repeat their failures and mistakes.
That's probably not a good idea unless you know what you are doing and know the person well enough.
well no ones truly sane, so, yes.