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Understanding Narcissistic Behavior: A Deep Dive


Narcissistic behavior, often associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), is characterized by a deep sense of self-importance, entitlement, and a lack of empathy. We’ll try shedding some light on the various aspects of narcissistic behavior and help readers understand this complex personality trait.

Edited by David Stone

The Core Traits of Narcissism

Narcissism involves self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior. It’s characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and a deep need for excessive attention and admiration.

Narcissists believe they are superior and have little regard for other people’s feelings.

One key characteristic of narcissists is their fixation on appearance. They may spend hours in front of the mirror, obsessed with how they look.

This obsession extends beyond physical appearance, as they are equally concerned about their public image, a desired facade of superiority and perfection.

Narcissistic Behavior in Relationships

In relationships, narcissists show off a sense of superiority or entitlement. They perceive themselves as inherently better than their partners and enjoy manipulating them.

Narcissists may also exhibit patronizing behavior, subtly undermining others in maintaining their perceived superiority.

One of the most troubling aspects of a relationship with a narcissist is how they handle rejection. Narcissists can’t cope with being turned down or criticized, reacting with anger or even aggression.

It can get dicey because narcissist have limited self-control when any vulnerability is exposed.

Recognizing Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Don’t be fooled by a facade.

While some traits of narcissism can be typical for certain age groups, such as children, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll develop Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

NPD is a clinically diagnosed personality disorder characterized by persistent grandiosity, an incessant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

Moreover, not all narcissists are overt in their behavior. Many hide their narcissistic beliefs or behaviors, a trait known as “covert narcissism”. They may appear shy or humble, but beneath the surface, they share the same sense of entitlement and lack of empathy as overt narcissists.


While narcissists are not necessarily bad, their behaviors can be problematic. It’s essential to remember that labeling someone as a narcissist won’t solve any issues.

Instead, understanding and addressing the behaviors at hand is a more constructive approach.

Remember, if you’re dealing with someone who exhibits narcissistic behaviors, i prioritize your mental health and well-being. You are always the most important person in your life.


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  2. Healthline
  3. Applied Behavior Analysis Programs
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  5. Cleveland Clinic 2
  6. Intrepid Mental Health
  7. Mayo Clinic
  8. MindBodyGreen
  9. Duke Health

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