Narcissistic personality disorder defined in manual

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, is the primary reference manual for diagnosis of mental conditions. This manual is also used by insurance companies to reimburse for treatment.

DSM-5 criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features: Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it.

Exaggerating your achievements and talents.

Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate.

Believing that you are superior and can only be understood by or associate with equally special people.

Requiring constant admiration.

Having a sense of entitlement.

Expecting special favors and unquestioning compliance with your expectations.

Taking advantage of others to get what you want.

Having an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.

Being envious of others and believing others envy you.

Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.

Does this sound like anyone we know?

Robert Diener

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