Narcissistic Personality disorder

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Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide treatment for Narcissistic Personality disorder in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

Narcissistic personality disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder that is predominantly featured by a pattern of abnormal behaviour characterised by:

  • exaggerated feelings of self-importance,
  • exhibiting features of self-righteousness,
  • have an excessive need for admiration,
  • display a lack of empathy.

For the most part, their thinking is dominated by how to achieve power or success in their life, and they can be very concerned about their appearance socially and by the way they look. They often take advantage of the people around them which is why they also have enduring features of control and emotional manipulation over others which on the outset comes across as charming or helpful (as mentioned above) but long term those they manipulate quickly learn about their underlying need to be dominant.

The behaviour typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a variety of social domains in their life. Unfortunately, the cause of narcissistic personality is unknown, and it is at times difficult to treat because those with NPD do not necessarily consider themselves having a problem.

Author: Joey Tai


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