A friend posted on today’s blog, “Introduction to Psychology:” “I think I heard all that on the ‘great debate’ on Sunday night!” I’m assuming she meant that she heard and saw some symptoms of a psychological disorder. I have noticed some symptoms too, not just in the debate, but for the last 18 months or so.
Here are the symptoms I’ve observed:
—A grandiose sense of self-importance (exaggerating achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
—A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, etc.
—A belief that he or she is special and unique—even a genius.
—A need to be admired and gets very angry when he or she is not admired.
—A strong sense of entitlement (expects favorable treatment and rejects those who do not provide it).
—Extremely exploitative of others—takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
—Lacks empathy—unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
—Regularly shows arrogance, haughty behaviors and attitudes.
(In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the above symptoms).