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The serial bully displays behaviour congruent with many of the diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Characterised by a pervasive pattern of grandiosity and self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy, people with narcissistic personality disorder overestimate their abilities and inflate their accomplishments, often appearing boastful and pretentious, whilst correspondingly underestimating and devaluing the achievements and accomplishments of others.
Often the narcissist will fraudulently claim to have qualifications or experience or affiliations or associations which they don't have or aren't entitled to. Belief in superiority, inflating their self-esteem to match that of senior or important people with whom they associate or identify, insisting on having the "top" professionals or being affiliated with the "best" institutions, but criticising the same people who disappoint them are also common features of narcissistic personality disorder.
Narcissists react angrily to criticism and when rejected, the narcissist will often denounce the profession which has rejected them (usually for lack of competence or misdeed) but simultaneously and paradoxically represent themselves as belonging to the profession they are vilifying.
Fragile self-esteem, a need for constant attention and admiration, fishing for compliments (often with great charm), an expectation of superior entitlement, expecting others to defer to them, and a lack of sensitivity especially when others do not react in the expected manner, are also hallmarks of the disorder. Greed, expecting to receive before and above the needs of others, overworking those around them, and forming romantic (sic) or sexual relationships for the purpose of advancing their purpose or career, abusing special privileges and squandering extra resources also feature.
People with narcissistic personality disorder also have difficulty recognizing the needs and feelings of others, and are dismissive, contemptuous and impatient when others share or discuss their concerns or problems. They are also oblivious to the hurtfulness of their behaviour or remarks, show an emotional coldness and a lack of reciprocal interest, exhibit envy (especially when others are accorded recognition), have an arrogant, disdainful and patronizing attitude, and are quick to blame and criticise others when their needs and expectations are not met.
The DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder are:
A. A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy, as indicated by at least five of:
1. a grandiose sense of self-importance
2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. believes that he or she is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. requires excessive admiration
5. has a sense of entitlement, ie unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6. is interpersonally exploitative, ie takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7. lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8. is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes
Personality disorders related to Narcissistic Personality Disorder
The serial bully, antisocial personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, attention seeking behaviour.
The page on bullying in the family may be of interest.
Links to sites on narcissism
Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited has a comprehensive web site devoted to narcissism at http://samvak.tripod.com
NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER is a learning, resource and support group
NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER links
Anthony M Benis ScD MD has a site devoted to narcissism at http://narcissism.homestead.com
George and Mae McAuley write about Working with the narcissistic personality in the telecomsanalyst.
Of Criminals And CEOs: the difference between bold, creative visionaries and deluded psychopaths is not as big as it used to be, Tara Pepper writes in Newsweek.
Tribal elders at http://tribalelders.tripod.com has links to narcissism and psychopathy
The Impact of Narcissism on Leadership and Sustainability
See the pages on narcissism at http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/personality_disorders/narcissism/index.html
Mental Health Net Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms at http://mentalhelp.net/disorders/sx36.htm
Mental Health Net Narcissistic Personality Disorder Treatment at http://mentalhelp.net/disorders/sx36t.htm
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) by Joanna Ashmun at http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnosis at http://www.mentalhealth.com/dx/fdx-pe07.html
A primer on narcissism at http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php/type/doc/id/419
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Webliography: http://www.suite101.com/files/topics/6514/files/NPDWebliography.zip
Links to Therapist Directories, Psychological Tests, Narcissistic Personality Disorders Resources, Support Groups, and Tutorials: http://www.suite101.com/links.cfm/npd
Toddlertime narcissism pages at http://www.toddlertime.com/narcissist_personality_disorder_.htm
Mental Health Sanctuary Narcissistic Personality Disorder at http://www.mhsanctuary.com/narcissistic/index.htm
Dual Diagnosis (Substance Abuse) and Narcissism at http://www.toad.net/~arcturus/dd/narc.htm
Mental Health Matters - Narcissistic Personality Disorder at http://www.mental-health-matters.com/articles/sv001.php?artID=75
Narcissistic Abuse Study List http://samvak.tripod.com/narclist.html and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/narcissisticabuse/
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Diagnosis http://www.mentalhealth.com/dx/fdx-pe07.html
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Discussion and Support Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Narcissistic_Personality_Disorder/
N-Courage Health Network http://www.n-courage.net/
Online Courses - Pathological Narcissism - Beginner, Intermediate and advanced Levels http://www.learn.com/education/samvak
Open Directory - Narcissistic Personality Disorder http://dmoz.org/Health/Mental_Health/Disorders/Personality/Narcissistic
PTypes Personality Disorders - Narcissistic http://www.geocities.com/ptypes/narcissisticpd.html
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Suite101 site http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/npd - discussions, journal entries and links regarding the Narcissistic Personality Disorder and relationships with abusive narcissists.
The full archives of the Narcissistic Abuse Study List http://groups.yahoo.com/group/narcissisticabuse/messages/
Pathological Narcissism FAQs http://samvak.tripod.com/faq1.html - dozens of frequently asked questions regarding Pathological Narcissism, relationships with abusive narcissists, and the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited http://samvak.tripod.com/msla.html - a book-length psychodynamic study of pathological narcissism, relationships with abusive narcissists, and the Narcissistic Personality Disorder, using a new vocabulary.
The Narcissism Revisited and the Narcissistic Abuse Study Lists http://samvak.tripod.com/narclist.html
The Narcissistic Abuse Discussion and Study List page http://samvak.tripod.com/archive01.html
HealthyPlace Narcissistic Personality Disorder Community http://www.healthyplace.com/communities/personality_disorders/narcissism/index.html
Narcisssistic PD and abuse by narcissists - FAQs, essays,links, and book excerpts: http://malignantselflove.tripod.com
Ask Sam Vaknin - Narcissistic Personality Disorder http://samvak.tripod.com/indexqa.htm - Q&A regarding the Narcissistic Personality Disorder and relationships with abusive narcissists
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