Narcissism can cause severe problems with personal development. Our therapists can help pull you away from destructive, narcissistic behaviour.

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a young man who fell in love with his own reflection in a lake, and this disorder is so named because those who suffer from it, like Narcissus, have an inordinate concern with their own attractions and abilities. Someone with the narcissistic disorder will fantasise about his or her intelligence, skill or appearance, believing unquestioningly in his or her uniqueness and special quality. Such people can be arrogant and demanding, looking down on others and always seeking attention and admiration. They cannot tolerate criticism, though they are always critical of others. The consequences of this are that such people find it very difficult to form relationships, treat others badly and are generally very difficult to live with.

Narcissists find any criticism painful, and feel shame and embarrassment which prevents them from responding positively. They happily exploit other people to reach their own objectives, and they will boast about their own abilities and achievements. They tend to live in a fantasy world where they see themselves as beautiful, successful, talented and high achievers, regardless of the reality of their situations. They demand attention from others and always seek praise and admiration, lacking empathy for others and easily becoming jealous. They put themselves and their own interests above those of others, but often suffer from unreasonable feelings of rejection when the world fails to match their curious notions, which means that they are almost certain to be frustrated and unhappy.

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The causes of such a condition are difficult to identify. Some would argue that such traits are inherited through families, while it has also been claimed that it can be the result of excessively lenient treatment in childhood – “spoiling” by foolishly indulgent parents. A quite different view is that it is caused by childhood mistreatment or abuse. Clearly it is identified as a psychological disorder which needs careful therapeutic treatment if it is not to ruin one’s personal life.

Psychotherapy cannot cure the condition but it can help the sufferer to manage his or her feelings and give guidance on how to avoid the worst aspects. It can help with forming relationships, both in the personal sphere and at work, and support the sufferer who may experience depression or feel drawn to drastic escapes such as substance abuse or alcoholism. It is possible that some types of medication can reduce symptoms.

The essential thing to recognise is that help can be offered for those who suffer from the condition and that this help has a proven record of success. The lonely sufferers need to be aware that there really are ways of making their distressing situation better.

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Author – Dr Aisha Ali – DPsych Couns Psych, ADOS 2 Certified B.Psych (Hons)

Dr Aisha Ali is a highly experienced BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Expert witness with over 15 years experience of working within the NHS in complex care and private practice. She has extensive experience of working with individuals, couples and families presenting with complex psychological and emotional issues. Aisha provides life and performance coaching.

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