- NPD is an illness that causes an inflated sense of self, desire for attention and admiration, and lack of empathy for others.
- Because so many areas of NPD are still unknown even by experts, it’s often misunderstood by the general public.
- Some of the most common myths are that narcissists have high self-esteem and confidence, and that they are overly outgoing.
- The truth is they are often deeply unhappy, insecure, and struggle with low self-esteem, as well as depression and anxiety.
We’ve all referred to someone as a “narcissist” for acting self-centered, self-righteous, or any other self-indulging personality trait. While there’s a possibility it might have been true, the reality is that most people do not have narcissistic personality disorder (NDP). But, many people can exhibit forms of narcissism from time to time.
The difference between narcissism and NDP is that NDP involves a long-term pattern of behaviors and thoughts that affect a person’s life in many different ways, explains VeryWell Mind. It often affects their work, family, and friendships. Despite NDP being a recognized illness for 50 years, it’s still largely misunderstood. Here’s a look into the most common myths about narcissists…
What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of many different types of personality disorders. The Mayo Clinic describes it as a mental condition that causes people to have “an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.”
This condition impacts many areas of life, from relationships, to work, school, and even financial affairs. While they might seem confident and sure of themselves, people with NDP are usually extremely unhappy. They struggle with disappointment when they aren’t awarded the special privileges or admiration they think they deserve.