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Monday, June 30, 2008

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Keep Your Eyes in ME!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder distinct by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV-R), the diagnostic classification system used in the United States, as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

The narcissist is thought to be short of proper (external) ego functioning. Narcissistic personality disorder and its derivatives can be caused by too much praise and disparagement in childhood, mostly that from parental figures. Narcissistic personality disorder is often mistaken for self-centeredness.