Without the right words, everything can seem confusing, especially if you haven't read about personality disorders before. Because once you start to be able to talk about it, you can start to realize the way you were treated wasn't okay. Andersen wrote a blog post last month about some of the phrases and words you should know if you think you're going through an abusive relationship with a narcissist or sociopath, and this is a few of the ones you should be aware of.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder, also known as narcissism, is a societal problem in epidemic proportions which seriously compromises the sustaining of healthy and safe relationships.
It's easy to throw around the word "narcissist " around without really knowing what it means: Whether you're talking about Kim Kardashian's selfie obsession, Madonna comparing herself to Martin Luther Kingor Kanye West, er, just being Kanye, it's easy to forget that genuine narcissistic behavior is a recognized mental condition. Sufferers of what's called narcissistic personality disorder aren't just vain; they're grandiose about themselves to the point of obsession, charmingly manipulative, and often have a sociopathic lack of empathy towards others. We still don't know where narcissism comes from: some psychologists link it to borderline personality disorderothers believe it conceals a serious lack of self-esteem something self-aware narcissists themselves disputeand still others have linked it with neglect as children. The newest study thinks kids who are over-praised but under-loved as kids are most likely to become narcissists — but we're still essentially groping in the dark.
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