The Greek Mythology with its umpteen stories of power, love, lust, ruin, conquer, and victory, also consists of some rather ordinary humorous tales. But, being the Great and Grandiose Mythology, it is, even these everyday tales leave a significant mark on human history. Let me present you today, the story of Narcissus, the son of the river god Cephissus from where we derive the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
He was a bright, handsome young man. Anyone who saw him fell in love with him. The tale briefly comes to down the point when Narcissus saw his reflection in a pool, and without realizing that it was his own, fell in love with it. Although the story ends in his tragic death due to not being able to fulfill his passion, this left an essential lesson for human psychology that how we understand people.
The feeling of admiration and praise pleases everyone. The importance and attention that everyone bestows upon us make the best of us feel good. But, when it “starts getting to the head,” that’s when the trouble begins. About 1% amongst feel grandiosity in their nature, which is purely delusional. They feel entitled to everything and require constant admiration and recognition.
Our fellow, Narcissus helped psychology scholars name this personality disorder as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Those suffering from NPD feel their self-worth to be on the extreme. The lines between arrogance and narcissism fade into a grey area, though NPD is a lot more than just sheer arrogance. Today we’ll discuss the characteristics of this intriguing personality disorder.
1.| Extreme Self-Importance
Anyone who carries in him the Narcissistic Personality Disorder bestows himself with an extreme amount of self-importance. They are delusional and think that the world revolves around them. And, even if they are sane enough to believe that the world might not be revolving around them, But they think of themselves as a crucial part of it because they feel that aren’t wrong anywhere and thus might not realize that they might be suffering from this disorder.
2.| The Delusional Entitlement
Anyone with the given disorder needs extreme self-importance. They imply to themselves that derives the connotation that they are entitled to superior treatment. They have a feeling that “They want the best.” “Furthermore, they don’t want to wait in line or even carry things the fair and right way. They think that because of their extreme importance they are entitled to things before others in the world and in a much better way.
If things don’t go their way, they might suffer from extreme problems of stress and might not even condition themselves being with society, adapting to their norms. Things are only going downhill from there for them. They might go on a rampage with the extreme anger and impatience for not getting the excellent treatment they think they deserve.
3.| Inflated Achievements
They place themselves in a high order of superiority owing to the talents they may possess, and the achievements they got with their efforts. Furthermore, often these talents and results get exaggerated because they know they deserve the best and have gotten the best with their efforts.
Moreover, these achievements and talents might delusion them into thinking they deserve everything, are entitled to it, and it is right for them to warrant recognition anywhere and everywhere.
4.| Constant Desire for Recognition
With the entitled sense of extreme importance, they place themselves with owing to the inflated achievements and talents they believe they possess; they are always hungry for attention and recognition. They want to be recognized everywhere, for something that might not even warrant recognition.
It often leads to many personal problems with the community and the society they are living in. Furthermore, they might feel depressed or rather angry for not getting what they think they deserve – recognition.
5.| The Superiority Hallucination
An individual suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder lives through the real-life hallucination that only transcends in the reel life. The place themselves superior to the other person, and might often belittle anyone or insult them. They might act in rage, or even full ignore the other person to establish their delusional superiority over anyone.
This behavior often leads to loneliness, because nobody wants to be with someone of that nature. The problem lies in the fact that neither the person nor that individual realizes the disorder that is lying deep down in the individual’s mind.
6.| Dominant Nature
Narcissistic Personalities often want to assert their dominance over others. They dominate the conversations, the aura and anything that they can get their control on. They feel whatever they are saying is correct and the other person has to obey his orders. They might insult anyone without realizing the emotional damage they might be doing. Furthermore, they often expect unquestioning behavior from others. They will expect themselves to have the best of everything, given their delusional belief that they deserve it.
7.| The Aura of Arrogance
Anyone in the company of the individual graved with NPD feels the aura of sheer arrogance. The dominating nature that leads them to monopolize and control everything they can get their hands on leads to a poisonous vicinity. With the inflated talents and achievements they have, they will undoubtedly talk about it in a boastful manner.
Their arrogance leads people to desert them. They are always in a delusion that they have or are destined to get the best of everything, be it a life partner or a successful career. Reality doesn’t hit them hard, as fantasies take over their minds.
8.| Deceit and Manipulation
Because of the extreme fantasies of success they warrant, they often resort to manipulation and using deceitful ways to get their jobs done. They expect unquestionable favors, and when they don’t get it, they get stress and anger. They know that due to their success stories their misrepresentation of facts and figures will get concealed.
Their manipulative and deceitful manner of performing work often leads to problems with the people around them. It might also lead them to have issues with their emotions.
9.| The Inherent Apathy
Apathy means a lack of interest or enthusiasm. The problem with their emotion often recognizes what they feel is the best, as they might be preoccupied with either rage or fantasies of a delusional success. The extremities in the spectrum of the emotion often results in them being apathetic. They might be envious of others. As always, people desert them because that person doesn’t show any concern to other people. As without empathy, he might not be able to help them or even soothe them in their difficult times.
10.| The Insecurity Deep Down
The crux of narcissism deep down to the sheer amount of insecurity they possess. It is often a problem they might’ve suffered since childhood, due to being attention deficit. Abusive or agressive parents or extreme introvert nature might also result in them being insecure. Furthermore, they resort to hiding their insecurity behind the curtain of the excessive self-importance they entitle themselves. They use their inflated achievements and talents to wail the instability that has been eating them down.
They often feel jealous and envious of other individuals, and their insecurity only keeps getting humongous. Their run for perfection in their nature leads to depression owing to the flaws any human possesses. Furthermore, this might also be genetic, but the environment is often a significant contributor to the factors.
Like any other mental health problem, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is also a problem that might not have a definite cure. Although, it tones down with proper conversations in therapy. NPD might lead the individuals to unfair treatment with themselves. It may lead to the brink of suicide. A conversation with a therapist is always better than plaguing relationships with the poison of delusional arrogance and entitlements.