What Is A Narcissist?

Jan 06, 2020

The label narcissist is used in reference to a person displaying narcissistic traits. The medical diagnosis is actually Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). To meet this diagnosis it is necessary that a person meet at least 5 of 9 criteria.

According to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fifth Addition (DSM 5) NPD is defined as a Cluster B personality disorder comprising of a on going pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by the presence of at least 5 of the following 9 criteria:

  • A grandiose sense of self-importance

  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

  • A belief that he or she is special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions

  • A...

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