Narcissism is a spectrum and we all fall on it to some degree. Interestingly enough, having a bit of narcissism can offer some positive effects, such as promoting success at job interviews and consciously making a good first impression. However, higher levels of narcissism can be detrimental, leading to the development of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Personality disorders like NPD can affect the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves around others and within their daily lives. Nearly 1% of the population in the U.S. has NPD. While it’s something we’re still learning about, there are certainly ways to treat this disorder if you or a loved one is suffering from it. The first step towards recovery lies in understanding the symptoms of the disorder itself.
Symptoms experienced by people with NPD include:
- Inflated sense of self
- Intense focus on success, power, and unrealistic relationships
- The belief that they are superior and can only be understood by others who are also “superior”
- Constantly wanting to be praised for achievements
- Feeling entitled to special treatment above others
- Using relationships in a manipulative way or for their benefit
- Difficulty having empathy for others or understanding different points of view
- Believing that others are envious of them, or being envious of others
- Arrogance in interpersonal interactions
Untreated NPD can significantly impact a person’s ability to maintain fulfilling relationships and navigate daily life. Fortunately, several therapeutic interventions have proven successful in helping those suffering from NPD maintain long-term recovery. At Avalon Malibu, we offer treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), coupled with psychotherapy, group counseling and medication as parts of an NPD recovery program. Call us today for more information, at 844-857-5992.