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Narcissism refers to a mental disorder which involves excessive admiration and love with one's self. It is also characterized by a need for admiration and attention from others as well as an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

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How can you recognize a narcissist?

(Note: Narcissistic Personality Disorder is something that can only be identified by a mental health professional who has examined the person in question. Other than that, "narcissist" is a word meaning "loves oneself excessively" and is susceptible to varying interpretations.) 1: A Narcissist is someone who takes their self-esteem from the way others view them. Their personality will therefore center around how he or she is viewed. Narcissism looks like this... Your partner treats you and perhaps your children very different in private than in...
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How do you deal with a narcissist?

Here is some advice: * Being married to one, I find that the only way to deal with him is to make everything about him. If I want something for example, instead of saying "Honey I would really like this. May I get it?" I would approach him like this, "I think getting this would benefit you in ...." I would then pitch it to him as to what he would get out of it. I have gotten him to...
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If you get the silent treatment for many months from a narcissist woman does it mean that will be the last you will hear from her ever again?

oh, please don't fall for it,the way i did. and i tell you from experience, all the narcissist wants is ATTENTION, so he she wants you to beg for forgiveness, then he/she is gonna play hard to get, i don't consider it to be a healthy relationship to be giving all that attention a narcissist wants, because soon, whether you realize it or not he/she is only gonna want you for himself,oh and to actually answer your question, yes, i think...
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How do I get along with my sibling who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

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. Narcissistic behavior is predictable. If you have a good understanding of narcissism you will have the tools 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 life. Do not share any personal...
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What are the traits of a narcissist?

Traits of a Narcissist Narcissistic traits include: being argumentative, arrogant conceited vain fretful frustrated/idle fluctuating between superior and inferior. They have an unusual obsession with appearances. In partners they go for a mirror image of themselves selecting similar facial characteristics, colorings, background, ethnicity, class. They like to appear better than their friends. Additional input from Contributors: I am not an expert on this, but I would like to contribute my observations from dating a Narcissist. I feel that the biggest clue is empathy, compassion, and remorse. They have none. There is nothing there. This...
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What is the difference between a narcissist and a sociopath?

Narcissism, in modern psychology refers to an abnormal affection of one's own image or one's own personality. Narcissism is characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance and superiority. A sociopath suffers from an antisocial personality disorder which is defined by the APA (American Psychological Association) as ''a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others that begins in childhood or early adolescence and continues into adulthood''. However, the term ''sociopath'' is highly controversial since the word literally means ''destroying society'' or...
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Can children of narcissistic parents ever recover?

Narcissism is the personality trait of selfishness taken to an extreme level, and like any personality trait, it can be slowly changed through great effort or at least blunted with behavior modification techniques. While it is possible for children of a narcissist to suffer some emotional issues due to their parent being much more involved with themselves than with their child, many children of narcissists find that emotional support from another parent, a grandparent, or through friendships. Psychiatric professionals constantly marvel at the...
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What is empathetic thinking?

Empathetic thinking is to put yourself in someone elses shoes and try to imagine their pain to better comfort them. It's a beautiful gift to have and use with safe people. ...
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Are all Narcissists pathological liars?

Pathological lying is one of the hallmark characteristics of a narcissist. They lie out of their need to manipulate and control. They must lie in order to create their false "reality" about themselves that they project out to the world. They lie to bolster their grandiosity and inflate their accomplishments. Lying is the most common complaint of people who have a narcissist in their life. Following are some comments from contributors: Opinion Lying compulsively is not a disease or even an abnormality, which are...
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Do narcissists play games with your feelings?

This depends on which definition of "narcissist" you were referring to. ------------------------ Extreme narcissism is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and, yes... they exaggerate, need attention, and have a hard time understanding or caring about anyone else. It is part of the disorder. [There are many stories about people in narcissistic relationships in the discussion area. If you have another story, feel free to add it there, but not in the answer area. Thanks.] ...
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Do narcissists cry when they have been emotionally hurt?

Yes. Great big crocodile tears. If you know anything about crocodile tears, you'll run quickly in the other direction. ------- If a narcissist is decompensated, usually after you break up with them (not the other way around) or they have lost a significant source of secondary narcissistic supply, then the facade can come tumbling down, and what is left is the despondent, depressed child that put up the narcissistic self so long ago. Then, they can shed very real tears, and they can...
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My ex husband is a narcissist?

Do some web searches on Narcissism - read all the traits & stories. You will find it easy to come to your own conclusions. ...
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What is the treatment for narcissists?

Answer Before believing that there is no hope for treatment (as you easily could by reading a lot of misinformation on-line about narcissism) please consider these points; a. Are you sure of the diagnosis? Even professionals have trouble distinguishing between NPD and narcissistic tendencies and the prognosis for each is different. b. Just because standard therapy is not usually sought by sufferers does not mean that there are not other important steps that you can and should take if you have a family member...
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What should you do if you are married to a narcissist and you want to preserve the marriage?

I want to stay married to my narcissist and have gone through many leaps and bounds to improve the communication between us. However I find it extremely difficult to keep up with it and not let it get to me emotionally. It's exhausting to stay on top of a narcissist emotions and not end up feeling deflated. Not only am I trying to stay on top of it for myself but I have children that I have to protect and I'm...
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What is the definition of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Pathological narcissism is a life-long pattern of traits and behaviours which signify infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition. As distinct from healthy narcissism which we all possess, pathological narcissism is maladaptive, rigid, persisting, and causes significant distress, and functional impairment. Pathological narcissism was first described in detail by Freud in his essay "On Narcissism" (1915). Other major contributors to the study of narcissism are: Melanie...
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How do a narcissist and his mother interact?

The study of narcissism is a century old and the two scholarly debates central to its conception are still undecided. Is there such a thing as HEALTHY adult narcissism (Kohut) - or are all the manifestations of narcissism in adulthood pathological (Freud, Kernberg)? Moreover, is pathological narcissism the outcome of verbal, sexual, physical, or psychological abuse (the overwhelming view) - or, on the contrary, the sad result of spoiling the child and idolizing it (Millon, the late Freud)? The second debate is easier...
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How dangerous is a narcissistic parent with joint custody?

If he is a true narcissist he hates children. The risk of abuse - physical, psychological, and even sexual - is considerable. My book: "Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" (c) 2003 Lidija Rangelovska Narcissus Publications I think if the narcissist is the kind who receives narcissistic supply by basking in the glow of others, for instance his children, he can be okay as a parent provided the children are beautiful, high-achieving or posses attributes that the narcissist perceives as a positive reflection...
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A narcissist with a socially pleasing demeanor?

Most narcissists do have a socially pleasing demeanor. A person can be obsessed with themselves even to the point of how they appear to others. ...
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How do you make sure a relationship with a narcissist is over?

You are not safe with a narcissist, so you need to make sure it is over. The longer you stay, the more likely your children will show the same behavior in their relationships. Going from verbal to physical abuse can be a close thing. You need a team to support you as you make the move; the most dangerous period is while you are planning to do this. Mind you, you may have to move to another city or state to...
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What factors lead someone to believe that another person has Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Answer I am married to a man whom I was separated from for 4 years. I betrayed me with my friends and a school teacher. I lost custody of my children to him. I was happy being alone. My husband persude me the entire 4 years we were apart. While we were apart the neighbors he betrayed me with, finally realized It wasn't me It was him. They have since apoligized for everything, they told me he was a pathological liar. I...
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Why does the narcissist just disappear?

Because he doesn't care about you and he is off to look for his next feed of adoration. He is sick. You cant fix him. He will come back when he needs you. Think of yourself as a measuring cup. You need a measuring cup. You don't use it everyday; if it broke you would just go buy another. You wont morn the measuring cup because it is an object, has no meaning. Narcissists cant feel so when they are looking...
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Can a marriage last with a narcissist husband?

Of course, but it may not be pleasant for the wife . . .
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What causes extreme manipulation of others?

The most chronic emotional manipulators according to Dr. Ross Rosenberg are those with narcissistic, borderline and antisocial personality disorders and those with chemical or behavioral addictions. So while any of us can be manipulative at times, all of these often display with chronic and possibly extremely manipulative behaviors. ...