The world is made up of narcissists. And you probably know a few in your life too. They are super challenging human beings to deal with. 6.2% population in America comprise of individuals suffering from NPD or narcissistic personality disorder.
Here are some common traits of a narcissist:
- They exaggerate their achievements, abilities and possess a high level of self-importance.
- They fantasize about unlimited power, beauty, success, love and brilliance.
- Narcissists believe they’re unique and extraordinary.
- They expect special treatments and have a strong sense of entitlement.
- They’re not empathic towards others.
- They exploit others.
- They’re attention seekers.
- They are haughty and arrogant, which is transferred via their behavior towards others.
- They are envious of others.
Here are a few pointers so you can learn how to handle them:
Psychologists don’t know what causes narcissism. Whether it’s a genetic trait or molded during a person’s childhood by their teachers or parents or whether the cause of narcissism is aligned with any sort of mental illness – psychologists continue to deal with its origin.
However, they believe in the biopsychosocial model, which suggests that the role of society and environment assist in the development of a person’s narcissistic traits.
Narcissists are undetected souls. Such individuals – unlike those having behavioral or personality issues – cannot be detected because their appearances do not look like they have a mental illness.
Narcissism is rising, as per a recent research. In the last 3 decades, narcissism has increased by 9.4%. Individuals between 20 – 28 years old have an extreme case of narcissism.
You can detect if a person is a narcissist or not by –
- Asking them questions. A narcissist is a talker.
- Increased level of social media presence.
- Try to find out whether they are manipulative or not.
- Find out whether they’re part of any Grandiose Schemes.
Love them from a distance – that’s the best way to deal with them.