The Narcissistic Personality

For today’s post, I chose to post about the Narcissistic personality because our country is being run by the picture-perfect poster child for the narcissistic personality disorder.  I feel strongly that we must all acknowledge and be aware of this damaging situation if we want our country to survive and prosper.  I am not condemning our president–he is our president and we all should want and expect that he will succeed in making good decisions for our country.

This post is put up for education and awareness.  Maybe if we all look at behaviors and try to understand where they are coming from instead of blaming and fault-finding when criticism is voiced.  I am hoping that this article from Psychology Today will help each of us to begin to understand and help us as a nation develop a plan to secure our future away from the personal needs of our leader.

Please don’t simply assume that this post is “political” which it is not; please don’t assume that this is an attempt to undermine our country which it is not.  This post is simply a starting point for learning about a damaging behavioral disorder that hurts everyone it comes in contact with.

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Joe Navarro M.A.

The Narcissistic Personality: How They Think

Knowing how the narcissist thinks can help you understand toxic individuals.

We often hear the term “narcissist,” but in reality, what does that mean? Does it merely describe someone who likes to be the center of attention, or likes the way he or she looks? Or is there more to it? The psychiatric literature defines narcissists as possessing specific traits, such as having a sense of entitlement or requiring excessive admiration. But what are narcissistic individuals really like on a day-to-day basis?

Anyone who has lived with or worked for a narcissist will tell you: Narcissists view themselves entirely differently — i.e., preferentially — compared to others, making those around them less valued. And there’s the rub: Everything must be about the narcissist. We don’t mind that a 2-year-old needs constant attention. That’s appropriate for the developmental stage of a 2-year-old. But we do mind when a 40-year–old needs that level of appreciation — and when achieving it comes at our expense.

Narcissists victimize those around them just by just being who they are, and they won’t change. That statement may seem extreme, until you listen to the stories of those who have been victimized by a narcissist. Then you realize just how toxic relationships with these individuals can be.

Work for a narcissistic boss, and he or she can make you physically or psychologically ill. Live with one, and it could be worse. In researching my book, Dangerous Personalities, I talked to scores of individuals who have been victimized by the narcissistic personality. Listening to story after story of stolen childhoods, destructive marriages, and burdensome relationships, I heard the same refrain: Narcissists see themselves as being so special that no one else matters. No one. Over time, the behavior resulting from their defining pathological traits will cast a wide debris field of suffering.

I have learned from the victims lessons that no medical book can teach, and they are lessons for all of us…(more can be found here)

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