Narcissistic Trait Characteristics, narcissistic behavior icon

Narcissistic Trait Characteristics 

Narcissistic Disorder belongs to Cluster B: there is extroversion, amplified or unpredictable emotionality.

  • They seek and need to be admired 
  • Unrealistic and grandiose idea of themselves  
  • Lack of empathy 
  • Megalomania or exaggerated sense of superiority 
  • Believe themselves to be special or unique 
  • Contempt for others
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism or failures, which can lead to depression, anger and addictions 
  • Feel that others envy them, and that they have the right to demand and even abuse others

* They make interpersonal relationships difficult, and end up isolated.

* As in other disorders, the existential emptiness is strong and pushes them to leave a mark with megalomaniac and extravagant behaviors: the grandiosity of the ego seeks to compensate for their low self-esteem.

* Among the causes, there may be parents who are too indulgent and have pampered their children with exaggerated praise or, on the contrary, so indifferent that they have favored the problem. 

* It takes its name from Ovid's Metamorphosis. According to the myth, Narcissus, son of Cephissus and the nymph Liriope, is incredibly cruel, because he despises everyone who loves him. As divine punishment, he falls in love with his own image reflected in the water, finally letting himself die when he realizes the impossibility of his love. In his place a flower (the daffodil or narcissus flower) was born.

* Prevalence data vary greatly depending on the population sample, from 0 to 6.2%. 

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Source (in Spanish): Wenceslao Vial, Madurez psicológica y espiritual, Palabra.