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    14. The Psychology of Narcissism

    enOctober 17, 2021

    About this Episode

    This week, we talk about narcissism and how to identify narcissists in our own lives. We talk about how their behaviours may make relationships particularly hard, the origins of this personality disorder and whether a cure is possible!

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    ūüĒĎ Key Takeaways

    • Unique Understanding the complexities of narcissism is essential for having better relationships with people who have this disorder.
    • Understanding the signs of narcissism is essential in order to address it effectively.
    • To make a successful relationship with a narcissist, it is essential to have self-worth, boundaries, patience, and positive reinforcement from other sources.
    • Recognize the signs of a narcissistic person to protect yourself and set boundaries for a healthy relationship.
    • Unique Narcissism is a complex personality disorder that is characterized by an over-inflated self-importance and a need for admiration, and can be diagnosed when 55% of the DSM-5 criteria are met.
    • Narcissism is a complex disorder that requires careful examination of biological and environmental factors, as well as therapeutic intervention, to be fully understood.
    • Narcissism is a pathological condition and if someone is displaying narcissistic traits, it is not their fault and they should not be subject to judgement.
    • Taking a step back from a narcissistic relationship is worth the effort, even if it is difficult to do, as it will be much happier in the long run.

    ūüďĚ Podcast Summary

    Unravelling the Complexities of Narcissism

    Narcissism is a personality disorder where people tend to be excessively self-involved and disregard the feelings of others.It is often seen in individuals in their twenties, who may be unaware of the disorder they have.This can lead to difficulty in relationships and the workplace.Although narcissism is often seen as an inherent trait, it can be caused by environmental factors as well.It is important to recognise the signs and symptoms of narcissism and to understand how it can be managed.It is also helpful to know how to interact with someone who has the disorder, and how to protect yourself from the manipulation and charisma of a narcissist.All this can help us to have better relationships with those who have this disorder.

    Can We Recognize the Signs of Narcissism?

    Narcissism is a difficult disorder to identify.Although there is no exact way to diagnose it, there are certain criteria to recognize.These include feeling superior and entitled, needing constant attention and validation, lack of boundaries, lack of responsibility for their own actions, and a lack of empathy.People with narcissism often have difficulty regulating their emotions, seeking external validation, and understanding the emotions of others.It is important to recognize the signs of narcissism in order to effectively address it.

    "Building Relationships with Narcissists: A Challenge Worth Taking"

    People with narcissistic traits can be difficult to build relationships with.They tend to idealize and then devalue people, and can be dismissive of their partner's feelings.They may take over conversations and second-guess their partner's decisions.To make any relationship with a narcissist successful, it is important to have a strong sense of self-worth and boundaries, to remain patient, and to have a reason for staying with them.It is also essential to have positive reinforcement from other sources, such as work and friends, to supplement the relationship.Although it can be difficult, relationships with narcissists can still be successful.

    A Look into the History of Narcissism

    Relationships are important in life, but it is possible to encounter people who are narcissistic and make the relationship unhealthy.If you are uncomfortable discussing how the person is treating you with your friends and family, it is likely not a healthy relationship.Narcissism has been around since the beginning of time and was originally seen in Greek mythology.There are different views on narcissism and it is classified as a personality disorder.If it is causing impairment, it is not normal behavior and should be addressed.It is important to recognize the signs of a narcissistic person and set boundaries to protect yourself.

    Uncovering The Complexity Of Narcissism

    Narcissism is a personality disorder which can be dangerous and complex.It is characterised by a grandiose sense of self importance, needing excessive admiration, entitlement, exploiting others and more.To be diagnosed with the disorder, a person needs to show impairments in self functioning and interpersonal functioning.For example, they may be unable to maintain relationships or set realistic goals, or have huge fluctuations in self esteem.They can also have difficulty working with others as they always need attention on them.Diagnosis is possible when 55% of the criteria in the DSM-5 are met.It is unlikely that a person would come to a psychologist or psychiatrist to be diagnosed as a narcissist, but it is possible to diagnose a person with the disorder if they come in for another reason.

    Exploring the Complexities of Narcissism

    The disorder of narcissism is complex, and the causes are not fully understood.It is thought that part of it could be due to a person's cultural or sociocultural environment, which can accept, encourage or celebrate certain traits that are seen as narcissistic.It is also not something that can be self-diagnosed, as narcissists generally lack self-reflection and empathy.Treatment of narcissism is difficult, with no medication or specific therapy, and psychotherapy is the most common form of intervention.This looks at helping the individual learn how to form and maintain relationships, accept responsibility and competency, and regulate emotions.The debate around the causes of narcissism is unresolved, with some theories suggesting it could be 25% biological and 75% environmental.Ultimately, research into this area is ongoing and there is much more to be learned.

    Can the No Contact Rule Help Dealing With Narcissists?

    Understanding narcissism can be complex and often involves a combination of genetics, environment and cultural influences.It is important to remember that narcissism is a pathological, chronic condition, and is not something that the affected person can necessarily control.It is important to recognize that if someone is displaying narcissistic traits, it is not their fault and they should not be subject to judgement.In order to deal with a narcissist, the no contact rule can be a helpful strategy; it involves cutting ties with the person in order to protect your own emotional wellbeing.

    Understanding the Dynamics of Narcissistic Relationships

    Staying away from a narcissist is important in order to protect oneself.It may be hard to do, especially if it's a family member, but it's important to stay firm and not give in.One can build a good support network to help in this situation and make a list of why the decision was made to help stay focused.It may seem difficult now, but in the long run, it will be much happier to have made the decision.Narcissism is a topic that is hard to study and research, but it is interesting to discuss and understand the dynamics of this kind of relationship.

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