DSM: RE: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

From: Joe Jackson (shoeless@jazztbone.com)
Date: Tue Dec 04 2001 - 19:33:38 EST

Godspeed on your path to recovery, Malc. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you.
Joe Jackson

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From: owner-discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org
[mailto:owner-discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org] On Behalf Of Malc Dow
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 3:49 PM
To: discuss-sudbury-model@sudval.org
Subject: DSM: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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 supply);

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

. 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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