Narcissism is a personality trait that is characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. While some degree of narcissism is considered normal, when it becomes excessive and starts to interfere with one's daily life and relationships, it can be considered a pathological condition.
When narcissism becomes pathological, it is referred to as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). People with NPD have an excessive sense of self-importance and believe that they are superior to others. They have a constant need for admiration and attention and may feel entitled to special treatment. They also have a lack of empathy and may see others as objects to be used for their own gain.
Pathological narcissists are unable to adapt to changes in their environment or to the needs of others.
One of the main characteristics of pathological narcissism is that it is rigid and inflexible. Pathological narcissists are unable to adapt to changes in their environment or to the needs of others. They may also have difficulty forming close relationships and may use others for their own gain.
Another characteristic of pathological narcissism is that it is often accompanied by other mental health disorders. People with NPD may also have depression, anxiety, or Borderline Personality Disorder. They may also have a tendency towards substance abuse or addiction.
Pathological narcissism can have a significant impact on one's daily life and relationships. People with NPD may have trouble maintaining healthy relationships and may struggle in their professional and personal life. They may also have difficulty with self-reflection and may not be able to understand how their behavior is impacting others.
Treatment for pathological narcissism typically involves therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help the individual understand how their thoughts and behaviors are impacting their relationships and help them to develop more healthy coping mechanisms. Group therapy can also be beneficial as it allows the individual to see how their behavior is perceived by others.
In conclusion, when narcissism becomes pathological, it can have a significant impact on one's daily life and relationships. It is characterized by an excessive sense of self-importance, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Pathological narcissism is often accompanied by other mental health disorders, and treatment typically involves therapy. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have pathological narcissism, it is important to seek professional help.
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