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Dealing with narcissism part 2

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Characteristics of narcissists by Bruce Narramore

  1. Need for constant attention and admiration. Live off of the feedback and reflection of others
  2. Sense of entitlement—don’t respond well to feeling disrespected and shamed. Overreacts to criticism, becoming angry or humiliated
  3. Take advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
  4. Lack of empathy—does not feel with and for others because they are trying so hard to feel good about themselves.
  5. Envious—they like to be around important or people of status but they also envy the success of others
  6. Arrogant or haughty in behavior or attitude—may hide it well if they are highly functional.
  7. Preoccupation with fantasies—unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal love. Entertains unrealistic fantasies about achievements, power, beauty, intelligence or romance
  8. Believe that he/she is special and unique and can only be understood by or should associate only with other special or high status people. Has unreasonable expectation of favorable treatment
  9. Poor psychological boundaries.

These are very similar to the seven deadly sins of narcissism that Hotchkiss writes about in her book, Why is it always about you.  I took note on each one but here are the headings

  1. Shamelessness
  2. Magical Thinking
  3. Arrogance
  4. Envy
  5. Entitlement
  6. Exploitation
  7. Bad Boundaries
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