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  • The word "narcissism" comes from a Greek myth in which a handsome young man named Narcissus sees his reflection in a pool of water and falls in love with it\n
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a real disease. It is the obsession and admiration of oneself to the point of ignorance. It is when a person consistently inflates their self-importance, feels the absolute need to be admired, and exaggerate about their well being. This is a mental disease.\n\noPattern of feeling more important than others\noNeed to be admired\noDon’t seem to notice or pay attention to the feelings of others\noTake to the extreme about their own well being\n\n
  • Parental absence: Healthy parents exist only to meet the childs needs. But eventually they grow out of that primary narcissism and develop a healthy sense of self. Un-Healthy: Parents are self absorbed, preoccupied, absent, and depressed. This makes the child unable to grow out of their primary narcissism, and don’t learn a healthy sense of self. This is the beginning formation of NPD. Self-Esteem: they are easily hurt and rejected and this happens because of their high expectations. Relationships: mind set ruins relationships.\n\n•How does it occur\noChildren who don’t get regular attention, love, and support start thinking that they have to be extra special to be accepted\noMay have extremely fragile self-esteem\noMay not show it, but is easily hurt and rejected\noOften happens because expectations are so high\noRelationships with other people are poor\n\n
  • Have to have at least five of these symptoms. Then to be considered to have the disorder it has to interfere with normal life and the way you function.\n\n•What are the symptoms (at least 5)\noBelieving and acting like they are better than others\noConstantly fantasizing about success, power, or beauty\noBelieving that they are special and can only be understood by other special people\noExpecting everyone to admire them to go along with what they want\noTaking advantage of other people\noNot recognizing or identifying with other people’s feelings\noBeing jealous of what other people have or thinking others are jealous of what they have\noActing stuck-up\noBeing unable to maintain healthy relationships\no**considered a disorder when signs of narcissism interfere with life and ability to function\n\n
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  • oHealthcare provider or therapist will ask about symptoms\noMay be asked to take a personality test\noTherapist will rule out depression or other mental health problems\n\n
  • NPD does not have specific electrical brain waves. In fact NPD is all about emotion, at 18 months of age a child’s brain is hard wired for life emotionally. When the child does not grow out of primary narcissism it comes to take root in the frontal lobe. THe child does not transition from self love to love of objects, i.e another person. They begin to develop NPD.\n
  • oMay resist treatment because they find it hard to admit that something is wrong\noPsychotherapy can help them see themselves more clearly\n♣Helps them recognize how their behavior affects others\n♣Help them change behaviors that get in the way of living a satisfying life\n♣Takes several years\n♣Treatment goals:\n⎥Admit they have some weaknesses and shortcomings\n⎥Understand the reasons for the behavior\n⎥Gain greater self-control\n⎥Better understand and accept themselves and other people\n♣Antidepressants or anti-anxiety medicine may be prescribed if person is also depressed or anxious\n\n
  • When narcissistic personality traits begin to have a negative effect on personal, social, work, family or legal aspects in your life contact your doctor to go through the diagnostic process.\n
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  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    1. 1. Narcissistic Personality Disorder Presentation By Rachel Kuria and Colleen Sullivan
    2. 2. Self-Importance Ignorance Narcissism is a Disease?Obsession Admiration
    3. 3. How does it happen? Parental Absenceand what does it lead to? Self-Esteem Relationships
    4. 4. How do you know? High Expectations ips Sy sh mp oni tom lat Re Poor Delusiona s l Ap at g et h in ic s iz Fanta ce Stu Envy User og an ck- A rr Up
    5. 5. Michael Scott and NPD...
    6. 6. Questioning Testing The ChecklistWhat the Doc Says...
    7. 7. How It Affects You...
    8. 8. DENIAL Psychotherapy Medications Treatment Goals Treatment
    9. 9. When to seek help
    10. 10. Works CitedClinical Reference Systems. (2008, January 1). Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Retrieved May 18, 2011, from Consumer Health Complete database. (BCRSNARCISSIBHA)MacDonald, P. (2011). Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Practice Nurse, 41(1), p16-18. Retrieved from‌chc/‌detail? sid=b276f39a-5ae7-4325-ab18-7c5e8b3b3d4b%40sessionmgr104&vid=1&hid=108&bdata=JnNpdGU9Y2hjLWxpdmU%3d#AN0058690041-8Narcissistic Personality Disorder. (2009). Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Retrieved from‌article?assetid=0203560-0WebMD. (2005). Personality Disorders. In Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Retrieved May 18, 2011, from WebMD database. This web site source gives us the background, symptoms, causes, effects, and solutions to Narcissistic Personality Disorder.