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Narcissistic disorder, defining traits for many Americans?

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Narcissistic disorder, defining traits for many Americans?

Postby Repatriate » June 25th, 2011, 3:05 am

This is straight from the DSM IV (Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders..

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition, DSM IV-TR, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines narcissistic personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:[1]

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
Requires excessive admiration
Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

It is also a requirement of DSM-IV that a diagnosis of any specific personality disorder also satisfies a set of general personality disorder criteria.


People who are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder use splitting (black and white thinking) as a central defense mechanism. They do this to preserve their self-esteem, by seeing the self as purely good and the others as purely bad. The use of splitting also implies the use of other defense mechanisms, namely devaluation, idealization and denial.[12]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissist ... y_disorder

You can read more about it in that wikipedia link.

I'll be honest i've met a lot of fellow Americans like this. I'll even go as far as to say that Winston appears to exhibit standard NPD traits according to the DSM IV.
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Postby Contrarian Expatriate » June 25th, 2011, 4:10 am

This is directly attributable to the "self esteem" movement in education from the 1980's and 90's. Self esteem was believed to be the magic pill that would cure all ills and resolve all problems.

Well, now you have products of the self esteem movement as narcissistic adults.
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Postby OutWest » June 25th, 2011, 6:21 am

Contrarian Expatriate wrote:This is directly attributable to the "self esteem" movement in education from the 1980's and 90's. Self esteem was believed to be the magic pill that would cure all ills and resolve all problems.

Well, now you have products of the self esteem movement as narcissistic adults.


Well put...needing constant praise and pillow
fluffing no matter what they really are...self esteem and self actualization...attached to
what is in fact a sordid collection of soulless vacant beings....kind of sounds like
many people we know...kind of ironic...the self esteem movement helped produce the biggest
bunch of degenerate shitheads the USA has ever seen...all convinced of course how wonderful
they are...a rude awakening awaits....


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