Malignant Narcissism: Collision of Two Personality Disorders
Narcissistic personality disorder is often equated with the selfie-loving, shallow, boaster that wears on your patience. However, there is significantly more to the condition. Their behavior and mood are often dependent and driven by feedback from their environment; they typically need the message from others to be a positive one. The impression they wish to make and the intense guarding of their fragile self esteem is a strong determinant of their actions and thoughts.
Some narcissists can become stricken with anger, anxiety, depression, shame and so forth if the information they receive does not match their inflated, protected, inner self. From a neuropsychological standpoint, narcissistic personality disorder reflects problems with self and emotion regulation.
People who meet diagnostic criteria can have extremely fragile and fluctuating self esteem. There is a detachment from their true self. The condition often has a negative impact on the lives of people who love or interact with them.
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