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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