Toxic People®- Traits of The Narcissist

Whenever we think of someone who is a braggart who just speaks of themselves we label them a Narcissist. But there is a lot more to the equation. Narcissism is actually a psychological disorder according to the bible of psychology and psychiatry the DSM or the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders. In fact, the DSM lists 9 significant aspects. As part of the criteria to be clinically diagnosed as a Narcissist they must have at least 5 of the following traits.

It should also be noted that recently scientists have discovered that Narcissists have certain characteristics in their brains that look different 

Results of magnetic imaging found that pathological narcissists have less gray matter as part of their cerebral cortex. There is an area in their brain called the left insula region which is involved with the cognitive regulation of emotion which has been tied to the ability to have compassion and empathy that is affected.  

It should also be noted that between 0.5 to 1 percent of the population suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder with 50 to 70 % being male. It has been found that genetics and neurobiology may play a role in the development of a narcissistic personality disorder. Childhood trauma and emotional abuse may also contribute to the development of this disorder. Often it is a consequence of childhood neglect or excessive praise where the child can do no wrong. There is often inadequate warmth or the parent not accepting the child as they are and demanding they act as expected. Thus there is no room for the child to develop a healthy or complete personality structure. 

Here are the character traits of a narcissist:

  1. Grandiosity and an overabundance of self-importance.
  2. Preoccupation with unlimited success, power, beauty, and brilliance.
  3. Thoughts that they are special and unique and should only associate with others of high level. 
  4. Excessive need for admiration which is why they constantly brag about themselves to prove to themselves and others they are superior.
  5. Sense of entitlement.
  6. Seeing others as tools to get where they want to go for their own selfish interests.
  7. Lack of empathy in caring about the feelings of others. 
  8. The belief that others are envious or jealous of them
  9. Arrogant behaviors and attitudes.

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