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.
Monday morning after Easter weekend. Many of us indulged in a bit of extra food over the weekend — potentially a lot of extra food depending on how the holiday went! So what now? Our society breeds diet mentalities and ‘all or nothing’ thinking. If you add the two together, dieting mentality + all or…Continue reading →
Have you ever heard someone be very gracious towards a friend but turn around and be intolerant and condemning towards herself? Self-judgment is no less problematic than judging others, in fact, it can be more damaging to a person’s confidence and ability to have a satisfied and fulfilling life. In counselling sessions where I inquire…Continue reading →
***Please take a moment to subscribe to our blog on the left hand side under META, that way you’ll get our updates! Thanks!! Understanding boundaries is probably the best starting point. Boundaries are about self-protection, they are not “offensive” or meant to hurt another person. They are like borders — picture your life as a…Continue reading →
*Please take a moment and sign up for our blog so you get regular blot updates! Understanding boundaries is probably the best starting point. Boundaries are about self-protection, they are not “offensive” or meant to hurt another person. They are like borders — picture your life as a physical property, like a yard with a…Continue reading →
Last week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week in the U.S. (1st week in February in Canada). To see some good articles regarding this, visit our Facebook page – Fresh Hope Counselling. Unfortunately, eating disorder awareness doesn’t necessarily reduce the number of eating disorders. Statistics show that they are on the rise and spreading from…Continue reading →