DSM: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

From: Malc Dow (dow@first-ask.de)
Date: Tue Dec 04 2001 - 15:49:17 EST

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

An all-pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behaviour), need for
admiration or adulation and lack of empathy, usually beginning by early
adulthood and present in various contexts. Five (or more) of the following
criteria must be met:

Feels grandiose and self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and
talents to the point of lying, demands to be recognized as superior without
commensurate achievements);

Is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power
or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance (the cerebral narcissist), bodily
beauty or sexual performance (the somatic narcissist), or ideal,
everlasting, all-conquering love or passion;

Firmly convinced that he or she is unique and, being special, can only
be understood by, should only be treated by, or associate with, other
special or unique, or high-status people (or institutions);

Requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation -
or, failing that, wishes to be feared and to be notorious (narcissistic

Feels entitled. Expects unreasonable or special and favourable priority
treatment. Demands automatic and full compliance with his or her

Is "interpersonally exploitative", i.e., uses others to achieve his or
her own ends;

Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with or
acknowledge the feelings and needs of others;

Constantly envious of others or believes that they feel the same about
him or her;

Arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes coupled with rage when
frustrated, contradicted, or confronted.

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