Stop Pretending Narcissism Isn’t a Disease
For some reason within the past year, narcissist, (like gaslighting) has become a buzzword—and one that is used inaccurately.
There’s a difference between being narcissistic and having narcissistic personality disorder (Your teenage niece’s Snapchat obsession is probably not narcissistic personality disorder). Psychology Today, for example, encourages that occasional narcissism is healthy. Nothing is wrong with taking a little pride in yourself. Lacking the ability to empathize with or consider other people, however, disparages and destroys relationships of every genre.
What Is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
The DSM-5 defines narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) as the combination of:
1. Impairments in personality functioning (identity and self-direction) and interpersonal functioning (intimacy or empathy).
2. Pathological antagonism, grandiosity or attention seeking.