Julian thought since he was the one to put the
waffles on his plate, they were his because he is
the only one who is important in his mind.
Julian’s friends also wanted waffles, and he
thought they were being selfish; regardless, he
still had more waffles then them combined.
Julian wanted the commercial to be ran because
he wanted the attention it would bring after it
This disorder is often characterized by a
grandiose sense of self-importance, a
preoccupation with fantasies of success and
power, and a need for constant attention and
In other words, these people are filled with
inappropriate thoughts of self-being even after
minor defeat. They often exploit others
“One theory regards NPD as a form of arrested
psychological development while the other
regards it as a young child's defense against
“According to Kohut, the child grows out of
primary narcissism through opportunities to be
mirrored by (i.e., gain approval from) his or her
parents and to idealize them, acquiring a more
realistic sense of self and a set of personal ideals
and values through these two processes. On the
other hand, if the parents fail to provide
appropriate opportunities for idealization and
mirroring, the child remains "stuck" at a
developmental stage in which his or her sense of
self remains grandiose and unrealistic while at the
same time he or she remains dependent on
approval from others for self-esteem. “
“The mass media's preoccupation with "lifestyles of the rich and
famous" rather than with ordinary or average people.
Social approval of open displays of money, status, or
accomplishments ("if you've got it, flaunt it") rather than modesty
Preference for a leadership style that emphasizes the leader's
outward appearance and personality rather than his or her inner
beliefs and values.
The growth of large corporations and government bureaucracies
that favor a managerial style based on "impression management"
rather than objective measurements of performance.
Social trends that encourage parents to be self-centered and to
resent their children's legitimate needs.
The weakening of churches, synagogues, and other religious or
social institutions that traditionally helped children to see
themselves as members of a community rather than as isolated
There have been no medications that have
helped with the disorder. People who have
taken serotonin reuptake inhibitors have
shown reinforcement in narcissistic grandiosity
and lack of empathy towards others.
There are several different approaches to the
treatment, including therapies ranging from
classical psychoanalysis to Gestalt therapy.
The word “narcissism” stems from the Greek
character Narcissus who was obsessed with his
own beauty to the point that he believed they
weren’t worthy of him.
Narcissists react angrily to criticism and when
rejected they will denounce the profession
which has rejected them.
Dr. Gregory House, from House M.D., has a
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