If you are wondering if you are a narcissist, here’s a simple test put forward by Scott Barry Kaufman, Writer and Psychologist:
Step 1: Take a moment to think about yourself. Step 2: If you made it to Step 2, you are not a narcissist.
Narcissism is a personality disorder (Narcissistic Personality Disorder — NPD) that has the following features — a sense of grandiosity, need for attention/admiration, lack of empathy and having superficial relationships with others. All of us have a degree of narcissism at times but NPD is a much more significant issue and often accompanies other psychiatric disorders. It is also hard to treat as most people with NPD see no need to change.
Here are 8 symptoms of narcissism:
If you have these traits or are in a relationship with someone who does, there are resources online, books, and counselling available to help you navigate the challenges brought on by narcissism. FYI, sometimes a narcissist will try to manipulate their partner/loved one into believing that they are the narcissist, or the selfish, self-absorbed one in the relationship. This is part of the manipulation that is seen in relationships and how they become exploitative. This is a form of emotional abuse we call crazy-making. It attempts to make a person doubt their own view of reality and can be very distressing.
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Thank Goodness indeed! That pretty much sums up the powerful effects of gratitude. Thankfulness brings goodness. It is a good time to think about gratitude as we head into Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. The turkey, the stuffing and cranberries, the smell of pumpkin pie cooling on the counter, and the gathering together of family and friends….Continue reading →
Cognitive behavioural therapy, CBT, is one of the most frequently recommended therapies in the counselling realm. CBT is often suggested for recovering from motor vehicle accidents, dealing with depression, managing chronic pain and many other mental health issues, including eating disorders. Research shows that CBT is actually one of the most effective treatments for anxiety….Continue reading →
Fresh Hope Counselling has served Edmonton and area (and throughout the world by Skype and FaceTime!) for over eight years. Prior to that, Beth Murray has been involved in counselling for close to a decade — giving you 18 years of experience with counselling and psychological services. In the past few years, we have been…Continue reading →
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Are you in the middle of making a decision? Is it a big one?! We face multiple decision each and every day. ‘What am I going to do next? How will I get that done? What am I going to wear? Where am I going to get the resources? Which way do I go?’ Yet when…Continue reading →