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Is Narcissism Hurting Americans?

What is Narcissism?


I’d like to acknowledge first thing that there are differences of opinion in the psychology community on whether narcissism is a personality disorder or part of the human personality, an area where we all vary. The conclusion by the majority is that it is both. That leaves the question who might be Narcissistic? I will leave that to you. My mission is to provide enough information so that you can decide for yourself.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a person requires five of the nine symptoms listed below to be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

  1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment of others.
  2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, and attractiveness.
  3. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions.
  4. Needing constant admiration of others.
  5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and strict obedience from others.
  6. Exploitative of others to achieve his own gains.
  7. Lacks empathy to others.
  8. Intensely jealous of others and the belief that other are equally jealous of him.
  9. Pompous and arrogant behavior.

I’d like to acknowledge first thing that there are differences of opinion in the psychology community on whether narcissism is a personality disorder or part of the human personality, an area where we all vary. The conclusion by the majority is that it is both. That leaves the question who might be Narcissistic? I will leave that to you. My mission is to provide enough information so that you can decide for yourself.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a person requires five of the nine symptoms listed below to be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

  1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment of others.
  2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, and attractiveness.
  3. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions.
  4. Needing constant admiration of others.
  5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and strict obedience from others.
  6. Exploitative of others to achieve his own gains.
  7. Lacks empathy to others.
  8. Intensely jealous of others and the belief that other are equally jealous of him.
  9. Pompous and arrogant behavior.

My next post will cite examples and match the symptoms to the actions of the people involved.

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