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10 common narcissistic traits: Let’s see how many feel familiar

Anyone who has been in a relationship with a narcissist—whether it's a boss, a parent, or a partner or friend—can tell you how trying the experience can truly be.

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Manish Saini
Manish works as a Journalist and writer at Revyuh.com. He has studied Political Science and graduated from Delhi University. He is a Political engineer, fascinated by politics, and traditional businesses. He is also attached to many NGO's in the country and helping poor children to get the basic education. Email: Manish (at) revyuh (dot) com

In today’s world, the term “narcissistic” has come to mean little more than vain. But narcissism is far more complex than that. It exists in many shades along a continuum from extra-healthy ego to pathological grandiosity.

It’s true that you’ll be confident, charismatic, extroverted and irresistible, but only until people find that you’re also arrogant, self-absorbed, insensitive and unlovable.

And Anyone who has been in a relationship with a narcissist—whether it’s a boss, a parent, or a partner or friend—can tell you how trying the experience can truly be.

According to an estimate, about five percent of the general population are narcissists, and their disorder causes problems in many areas of life from their relationships to their jobs.

According to the Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder can be defined as:

A mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.

But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.

The Clinic adds: “They may find their relationships unfulfilling, and others may not enjoy being around them.”

The Mayo Clinic has listed all the major signs of narcissistic personality disorder:

  • Have a sense of self-importance, entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty, or the perfect mate
  • Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
  • Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
  • Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them
  • Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful, and pretentious
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

The Mayo Clinic warns: “Keep in mind that, although some children may show traits of narcissism, this may simply be typical of their age and doesn’t mean they’ll go on to develop a narcissistic personality disorder.”

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