Narcissistic Personality Disorder– have you heard about it? It is currently a hot topic for discussion. Let me tell you a story.
A few months back social media was buzzing with posts regarding Hollywood actors Johnny Depp-Amber Herd divorce trials.
As I was not very much inclined toward Johnny Depp, so I ignored those posts.
But recently, when I was studying narcissistic personality disorder, that divorce case struck my mind, and I found serious connections between this case and NPD.
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Johnny Depp alleged that his ex-wife Amber Herd had narcissistic personality disorder.
Later Depp won the defamation case. It was proven that Amber was actually a narcissist.
The relationship is broken.
That makes me realize the danger of such a trait, and I feel there is a need to spread awareness of this dangerous personality trait among people.
What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
Narcissist personality disorder is a psychological condition of the mind that compels individuals to become extreme attention seekers.
They seek attention because they give themselves the utmost importance. They have a severe urge for admiration from others.
People with NPD have the least empathy for others as they don’t have a sense of what others are feeling. Not only that, they are highly manipulative and never afraid to use others for their own interests.
They suffer from a lack of identity. Even small criticism may rattle them badly.
Narcissists lead troubled lives. They have problems at school, at work, in relationships, and even in financial matters.
People suffering from NPD are not happy with their lives. They often get disappointed and frustrated when they don’t get the appreciation they believe they deserve.
- extreme sense of self-importance and an urge for continuous admiration
- An inflated opinion of themselves
- Expect special privileges.
- Feel superior to their real worth
- Downplay other’s success and achievements
- Preoccupied with power, success, and beauty
- Highly manipulative
- jealous of other’s success
Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The actual reasons for NPD are still unknown. Although genetics is believed to be the key driver behind the majority of NPD cases.
The following environmental factors may be heavily contributing to this personality trait:
- Childhood abuse or negligence
- Parental indulgence at an extreme level
- Unrealistic parental expectations
Treatment for NPD
Let me be very clear that there are no medicines for NPD. The basic treatment for NPD is talk therapy. Positive interaction with people may be of great help to those having this trait.
Talk therapy will help you to:
- improve coordination with peers
- improve personal relationships
- know your strengths and weaknesses so that you can accept criticism
- recognize and control your emotions
- set realistic goals
But one thing you need to remember here. As it is not easy to change one’s personality traits, it may take several years of therapy before you see some improvements.
Here is a special tip! There are a few lifestyle changes that will help you as you undergo talk therapy:
- Skip consumption of substances that trigger problematic behaviors
- Cultivate positive habits
- Practice yoga and meditation, as these are great relaxation techniques to stay stress-free.
NPD can be a fatal psychological disorder with the potential to ruin lives. But there is therapy and counseling available today to pull someone out of this critical mental condition.