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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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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
They need someone who is as focused on them as they are on themselves. So they'd be better off with someone with really low self esteem, or just someone who is a… real giver, and wouldn't mind never getting anything in return.
No,he don't know that he's a narcissistic but he know something is wrong, but don't know what the problem is. He knows,he is different and strange from other people.
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.
Probably not, they would fight over mirror time. ;)
Narcissists will often get depressed when they lack narcississtic supply (some kind of admiration from others.)
No, the narcissist does not know, after all he is perfect and everyone else around him is at fault.
Yes it does especially if the narcissist favor's the child. The child will grow up to be just like the narcissist.
This is not only very unlikely, but could have some very violent results. Abusers usually stay away from other abusers, as they are difficult to control. The abuser may …accuse the victim of being the abuser, but this is not the case. I will assume that your diagnosis is current, however, for this question. An abuser would marry another abuser due to a history of abuse in childhood. The initial abuser would be very confused. Having grown up in an abusive environment, he has witnessed both the victim and the abuser. The child usually grows up to become one of these two options. In this case, it appears that the child grew up to become both. If this is the case, the abuser will be very confused and will probably have a split personality in which he either plays the role of the abuser or the victim. The problem will come when both abusers want to play the 'abuser' role, and neither feels like playing victim. This could become very dangerous.
It's certainly possible. A narcissist may date another narcissist that is more selfish than they are to feel better about themselves. In turn say "i'm not as selfish as he/she… is so that makes me above him/her). It's incredible and shocking the way people with this disorder think. It takes a lot of research to understand a narcissist.
They would probably not like to hear it, and would most likely deny it. ANSWER: They will most likely 'gaslight', by which I mean they will tell you yo…u're crazy, or on drugs or similar, laugh at you or take mock pity on your silliness. They will say or do almost anything to discredit you, but they will never listen to you, consider your point or admit to or apologise for anything. It's almost a perfect test for narcissism. ANSWER: The above is a possibility but there's also a chance of sending the N into a rage. I don't think confronting a true N is a very good idea. Remember, anything that goes wrong in the relationship is YOUR fault and without outside help he'll never accept criticism. ANSWER: I thought this was pretty profound. It reads something like a bad joke. However, its not! I was dating someone who surely was a narcissist. On this particular occasion had dropped by my apartment unexpectedly. Catching me in the midst of researching narcissism online. After entering the first thing he did was look over my shoulder to see what I was reading on the screen. Upon reading said, "Is that about me"? Dumbfounded I responded, "If you have to ask..."
No. It develops in children who's parents give them too much attention unnecessarily, and treat them like they are God's gift to the world. Commonly the parents are narcissist…ic too. It is not genetic and can be prevented if one of the child's parents are not narcissistic and give them a somewhat normal childhood. Contrary to the above answer, scientists have conducted research that shows the narcissists brains are different. Shown images that would cause shock,horror and distaste to most humans, Narcissists have no reaction to these horrific images, in fact the frontal lobe is where we process emotional content and moral conscious decisions. This part of the brain is non operational in a narcissist,and can be genetic. Which can account for the narcissist coming from a well balanced,honest, and kind upbringing. Also a genetic narcissist can be born into a deviate family which creates the possibilities for a true monster.
I was married with a narcissist before, that's one of his problems. With me, trying to interview him indirectly, he mentioned when he was in his right calm mind, that he knows… there's something wrong with him but doesn't know exactly.
Generally no. Because their main focus is themselves, often narcissistic people won't think about how other people view them. Having this basic operation of putting ourself in… other peoples shoes is an important way to self edit and improve. Without this skill, the person would never think about themselves as narcissistic. Dr. Heidi Heron PsyD NLP Worldwide
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.