Friday, October 24, 2008

The Danger of Malignant Narcissism

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Many of my posts are about Malignant Narcissism..

I've tried desperately to get some people in my private life to see how destructive Malignant Narcissism is.. on this blog I hope to instill the same appreciation for recognising and staying a million miles away from Malignant Narcissists.. as I've had to learn after having my life destroyed by one.

It wont be until you get destroyed by one will you begin to smell them from 5 miles away and know it's time to run the other direction. I'm guessing that most of my readers have become very familiar with the personality disorder "malignant Narcissist"..

Below I will post some basic info on why Malignant Narcissists are a problem to everyone .. even if you have no idea how to recognize one!

From the site -

Dr. Sanity: NARCISSISM AND SOCIETY: Part I - The Psychology of the Self

I took the text below in part... to share with my readers ..

According to the DSM-IV, the disorder begins by early adulthood and is indicated by the subject exhibiting at least five of the following:

1. An exaggerated sense of self-importance

2. Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, orideal love

3. Believes he is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4. Requires excessive admiration

5. Has a sense of entitlement

6. Selfishly takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends

7. Lacks empathy

8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him

9. Shows arrogant, haughty, patronizing, or contemptuous behaviors or attitudes

Everyone has some Narcissistic traits, and a certain amount of Narcissism is a necessary and healthy thing. What’s different about the personality disorder is that the symptoms are prominent and persistent over time and pervade every aspect of the person’s existence. It can be very disabling in extreme cases; and in others those who have this personality can make the people around them thoroughly miserable, since some narcissists can be manipulative, predatory and completely lacking in empathy.

Narcissists are notoriously spiteful and vicious and usually alienate anyone close to them.

Why is Narcissism Important?

All over the world, on a daily basis we see the horrible results of Narcissistic behavior. Individuals and groups; religions and nations act out their Narcissistic rage at various insults--real and imagined-- and people suffer and die for the purpose of the grandiosity of the tyrant, or the glory of the religion. It has been said that the 20th century was the “century of the Narcissist”, but the 21st is well on its way to outdoing the horrors of the past as a seeming epidemic of malignant Narcissism caused by a crushing of human nature and the human spirit--all for the purpose of serving the self-aggrandizing vision of the few.

Tim Hall of the NY Press writes:

'Narcissism is hot. In the wake of the dot-com implosion and recent business scandals, many are focusing their attention on what otherwise might have remained an obscure psychological disorder. Much of the New Economy bubble seems to have arisen from narcissism run amok: The grandiosity of crooked executives and their haughty contempt for business and accounting procedures; the relentless manipulation of (and by) investors, analysts, and employees; the utter lack of empathy for others; the complete and total denial of any wrong doing when everything fell apart. '

There is much more .. and part's 2 and 3

Click here for the full article - Dr. Sanity: NARCISSISM AND SOCIETY: Part I - The Psychology of the Self

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Narcissism is common in varying degrees and even healthy to some extent. True narcissists are fortunately less common but still out there and most people will encounter several in their lives. A malignant narcissist is essentially a sociopath lite. Make no mistake, these are highly skilled inveterate liars that not only can, but seek out and enjoy conning mental health professionals. A true malignant narcissist is inherently a sadist that gleefully hurts others especially to their own benefit. Fourtunately these people are few and far between. Sybel's mother was a malignant narcissist.