The Narcissistic Personality

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Monday 8 March 2010

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Narcissistic Personality Disorders (NPD's) and Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD's)

Narcissists are in love with an 'ideal' image of themselves and want you to love their 'pretend' selves.

The narcissistic does not hesitate to lie, deceive or 'reveal' (misleading) half truths.

S/he appears to be intelligent, charming, (charismatic) and therefore reliable. S/he is a convincing conjurer of words, signs, behaviours and body language.

Some of these characteristics are subconscious while others are conscious.

Symptoms

Over reacts to critique and may turn it into a criticism towards the other. May become angry or humiliated or humiliate others to safeguard self.

NPD's/BPD's find it extremely difficult to understand others' (and their own) emotional states and impact. They may find it difficult to perceive or acknowledge their own emotions, and think lack of emotion is a 'virtue' therefore, they may snipe at someone who shows emotion (lack of empathy and self awareness).

They exaggerate his or her own self importance, have a sense of entitlement, a tendency to humiliate, criticize, and belittle others (sometimes subtly or overtly).

They display arrogant/proud behaviour, use others to reach goals, need constant attention and positive reinforcement from others.

Others can not do as well as they can and in their mind have achieved perfection; yet in contradiction and reality, are themselves insecurity ridden.

Non-NPD's are baited by their own sense of empathy. The NPD has made observance of the reactions of others and parrot the reactions they witness when they believe them to be appropriate responses - they are not from the heart or sense of empathy.

BPD's sometimes express rage in the form of aggressive, verbal, emotional and/or physical abuse. Others express it in quiet, passive-aggressive sniping ways that can be crazy-making and undermine the reality for the non-borderline.

If you exist at all emotionally to the borderline you're likely just a mirror reflecting back what the borderline chooses to see about him/herself. More often than not, the borderline will not accept what is in this reflection and will transfer on to the 'other' what is unacceptable to him/herself about him/herself. They often entertain unrealistic fantasies about achievements, power, beauty, intelligence or romance.

The NPD may be related to defenses against shame. This could be in response to childhood experiences; specifically emotional abuse including excessive criticism.

NPDs baseline positions:

They control, blame, attack, ignore, Separate and are self-absorbed.

NPD's may have false memories, thus inaccurate or skewed recollections of events. They are unaware of others' needs and of the effects of their behaviour on others.

Some narcissistic people withdraw socially and may feign modesty or humility.

NPD men are more likely than women to not get hung up on intelligence or the importance of their work issues in contrast to a woman who is usually hung up on looks — For the man it doesn't matter what the work is, if hes doing it, by definition it's more important than anything anyone else could possibly do (conceit).

Narcissists are generally passive and lacking in initiative. They will complain about the same things for years one end, but only rarely do anything to change what dissatisfies them (procrastinate).

Narcissists feel entitled to whatever they can take. They expect privileges and indulgences, and they also feel entitled to exploit others without any trace of reciprocation (users).

They are the jealous type, although they rarely recognize their actions stemming from this emotion (one form of denial).

Narcissists have a genuine incapacity for genuine relationships. They do not grasp the concept of genuine love. This emotional roller coaster is so harrowing for the non-NPD that the experience borders on traumatic. To remove doubt: this behaviour is not confined to matters of the heart. For example the NPD's employer can be misled by the NPD's ambition, willingness to sacrifice, honesty, thoroughness and a host of other utterly 'faked qualities'.

The borderline must reach an understanding of how he/she affects those around them. Then he/she must learn how to be in touch with their conscience and ability to listen to what others say, to appreciate how others feel, aside from oneself.

The best thing to do if you love someone who has BPD or NPD is to put your energy toward suggesting they get professional help; even though the revelation may cause explosions and difficulties. Sometimes you need to exercise tough love, and walk away from the relationship.

No, you the non-NPD cannot help a borderline. Each borderline has to help him/herself.

They CAN if they choose to and will learn how to if they want to. You should not put up with the abuse. It's good to care, but you must also care about yourself.

In order for therapy to be effective and in order to build and sustain relationships, the BPD/NPD must self-recognize the need for change. YOU must WANT to 'get it' in order to heal and stop the pain.

For the NPD/BPD YOU CAN CHANGE and experience all that life and love have to offer! Please get counseling.

Submitted by Gerry W.

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    By: Michael from VIC, Australia on January 12, 2014 @ 10:06 pm
    Hi Curtis, the best therapy will come from yourself. Research this trait with its many degrees that many in the world have by all means, realising it is not part of your values and who you are. Save your money, time and energy looking for a therapist, seek answers on the net and with friends as from now on you will be aware and observe such traits in people you meet. Come to recognize and accept these differences in others, however at the same time be wise and strong enough to say no thanks and not get hooked in to these peoples games and caught in their web. Look inward for the answers as there is little hope in the external, only disappointment in failed expectations of others. All your power is inside - therein lay the key. You are a good person and there is nothing wrong with you.
    By: Curtis from Victoria, Australia on January 12, 2014 @ 11:31 am
    I'm a victim of a family and ex with NPD. Does anyone know of a therapist in Victoria who specializes in treating victims of this abuse?
    By: caroline from VIC, australia on July 23, 2010 @ 10:02 pm
    Gerry, Thank you for your article. So informative, so true.
    I experienced it all in my marriage and it still goes on thru my divorce despite it being a divorce he initiated.
    Brenda, I understand your position having lived similar circumstances myself. Narcissists are such excellent liars (after all they live a lie their entire life). Others will always be charmed by narcissists (my parents were like yours), but then so too were you and I for many years.
    By: Brenda from Victoria, Australia on May 3, 2010 @ 4:18 pm
    I was married to one of the above for 20 years. Trying to get out of the marriage has been a costly hell as he spins a web of lies he is convinced is truth. Everything described above was life with him. Intelligent and charming (my own parents sided with him after the divorce) and wild rages at home.
    By: Dr Shimon Kennecatty from NSW, Australia on March 16, 2010 @ 9:11 am
    Facilitator, I must urge caution when you start bandying this wonderful word around. I'm a psychologist and calling our patients "narcissists" is our standard fallback position, whenever we realize we don't have the answers, which let's face it, is most of the time. Nonetheless, by using the label I personally have managed to remove at least 765 (at last count) children from blameless parents! It's a great wheeze and has funded a beautiful beach house down on the coast. So what I'm saying is this: I and my colleagues have a patent on this word and if you don't desist from using it yourself, you will be hearing from my solicitors.
    Speaking of which, he's also done pretty well from this racket. Now I'm off to a rally to save our kiddies.
    By: Michael Weston from VIC, godzown on March 16, 2010 @ 5:51 am
    I've been accused of being a narcissist but it's very unfair because I am rather special. Everyone tells me so. I earn my living in the law so am prone to bouts of pomposity (well continuously so they tell me) but have the charm and intelligence to carry it off.
    Oops, there I go again! That's quite enough about me; what do your readers think of me?
    By: Jo from Auckland, New Zealand on March 14, 2010 @ 4:01 am
    My boyfriend kisses himself in the mirror like this. I always thought it was strange the way he looked at himself in the mirror and i knew he loved himself but didnt realy know hum much until I read this story which just put him in a pigeon hole I can understand, thankyou
    By: Nick from Melbourne from VIC, Australia on March 9, 2010 @ 10:47 pm
    This explanation perfectly describes Lara Bingle! I feel very sorry for Michael Clarke. If he ditches her now he will spare himself a lot of heartbreak later. He should count himself lucky though, because he had fair warning BEFORE he tied himself down in marriage, like so many of us.
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