Wednesday, March 21, 2012

... narcissistic personality disorder in the philippines ... (life coach, counselor, psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, quezon city, manila)

u.p. college of medicine students- chimongs doval-santos, siomay domingo, carlo de guzman, jayson de jesus, des dayag, and i had a lengthy discussion and activity on the topic of narcissistic personality disorder. 

narcissists don't stop at having a superiority complex, they also bring out the inferiority complex in others. here are the DSM-IV criteria for narcissistic personality disorder:

  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  3. Believes that he or she is "special" and unique 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, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  8. Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
  9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

underneath the conceitedness, boastfulness, and arrogance of narcissists is a fragile self-esteem.  narcissists are extremely sensitive to criticism and will belittle others to make themselves appear better.  

 narcissistic personality disorder is probably genetic in origin, or it may originate from a childhood wherein parents were overly-pampering, manipulative, uncaring, or abusive.

people with narcissistic personality disorder need long-term psychotherapy.  the psychotherapist's challenge is to help the narcissist develop empathy, sensitivity, humility, and a realistic perception of one's self.  in the meantime, to preserve your self-esteem and dignity, make sure to stay clear of narcissists please.