Characteristics of a Narcissist

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a psychiatric/mental condition in which a person has an inflated sense of self-fulfillment – wants excessive admiration from others – yet lacks empathy.

Characteristics of a Narcissist


Narcissists exaggerate their achievements in the hope of receiving praise from other people. They are preoccupied with fantasies of limitless success, love, and brilliance. People who feel they are better than everyone else – they are self-important and crave constant validation. Their feelings of superiority often hint at a deeper problem. As their need for validation comes from a place of insecurity and instability rather than genuine self-love. They believe they are unique and should only associate with special people. They feel entitled and believe that people should always meet their needs.

Narcissists take advantage of and exploit others. They are jealous of others and believe others are jealous of them. Narcissists often have difficulties in relationships, problems at work, school, often have depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and or suicidal thoughts. It is distressing for those who have it and for those around them.

“6% of the total population suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. Men have higher chances of NPD than women.”

How to Spot a Narcissist

Narcissistic Personality


They see themselves as superior to others and feel that they can only associate with people of the same level. They often exaggerate their achievements and other talents and abilities. They see themselves as superior without putting any work in or show any merit for this, and they often believe they are just overall special.

Preoccupied with fantasies of beauty, power, and success

Some specific things they are obsessed with the usual suspect one or more of these things a preoccupation with fantasies about unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or an ideal partner.

Belief in being special and unique

They believe that they are special and unique and can only be or associate with people who are special themselves or have high status. They often associate themselves with people in power positions and people who are high achievers.

Need for excessive admiration

Narcissists cannot tolerate criticism and cannot hear that they are not good enough or do not do things right. They will often limit and do not even say something like “three strikes you are out,” which is not an uncommon thing for them to say. They want to hear how good they are.

Sense of entitlement

They expect from others, but they give very little back in all. They also have unreasonable expectations from people. They will often get mad once the other person decides to stop giving them things. They think that they are somehow entitled to whatever they need or want without doing anything in return. They expect the people around them to do special favors and get angry when someone does not grant their wish.

Exploitive behavior

The goal of a narcissist is to profit or to take advantage of others. They do not see any means for a relationship that does not give them some gain the minute that a relationship no longer serves them any purpose; they get rid of that relationship. They use others without any guilt, and people are objects to them. People are a means to an end; once the other person stops giving, the narcissist has no longer used it because that person no longer has value to them. They are speedy to take advantage of others without any regret or guilt.

Lack of empathy

The narcissist disregards other people’s feelings. They refuse to identify with anyone else. They do not consider how they make people feel and only see things from their perspective, from their wants and needs, and it does not matter what it takes to get those things fulfilled even if they are hurting another individual. They look at people like puppets to them.


Narcissists are often jealous. For example, you have a friend and someone compliments that friend; narcissists cannot tolerate this; they would feel their friend doesn’t deserve the praise. They cannot be happy for any other person and their achievements, especially if it is something that narcissists cannot obtain at that moment. They have a challenging time-sharing with another individual unless they, somehow, benefit from that individual in some way. They are not able to give credit where credit is due.

Arrogant attitude

They often believe that they are superior and better than anyone else. Narcissists often demean, intimidate, bully or belittle others. They often reveal an exaggerated sense of importance and abilities, and they often want the room’s attention.

Cannot tolerate criticism

Even though the narcissist may become highly confident and even arrogant, they have fragile self-esteem. To acknowledge a mistake, guilt, or regret that causes them to have to start analyzing themselves and break down their grandiose sense of self and cannot do that, that brings down everything they know, and thus, they are not able to do that.

Silent treatments

Narcissists use silent treatment and withholding love as a tool to try to get the other person to break down, this is a form of control, and manipulation withholding love is the narcissist form of control. They can switch love on and off like a light switch without any guilt or regret for doing it, so that’s characteristic of going over about a narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissists tend to monopolize the conversation, they want it to be about them, and they do not feel that what others have to say is as important as what they have to say
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If any individual has five or more of these characteristics, they fall under the criteria for diagnosing a narcissist or narcissistic personality disorder.

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