Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The signs and symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder may include:

  • An inflated sense of self
  • A deep and constant need for admiration and praise
  • A belief in being superior to others
  • Little regard for the feelings of others
  • Inability to recognize the feelings and viewpoints of others
  • Intense and unstable emotions
  • A pre-occupation with power and success
  • Exaggeration of your talents and skills
  • Being boastful or pretentious
  • Constantly monopolizing conversations
  • Intense bouts of rage
  • A belief that one is special and acting the same way
  • Having a sense of entitlement
  • Always expecting other people to follow your plans and ideas
  • Having unrealistic goals
  • Lack of empathy for others
  • Appearing unemotional and unavailable to others
  • Taking advantage of other people
  • Disdain for people you feel are inferior to you
  • Belittling others to feel better
  • Jealousy of others
  • A belief that other people are jealous of you
  • Inability to maintain healthy relationships
  • A low and fragile self-esteem
  • Easily rejected
  • Trouble handling criticism
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of ideal love, beauty and intelligence
  • Pursue selfish goals
  • Hypersensitivity to real or imagined insults that could result in feelings of extreme shame and humiliation

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