This week, a study came out confirming that narcissists are largely bred, not born. The study, conducted by the University of Amsterdam and Ohio State University, found that “narcissism in children is cultivated by parental overvaluation: parents believing their child to be more special and more entitled than others.” (That’s scientific-speak for Special Snowflake Syndrome, and the researchers are talking about the other parents at your youth league soccer practice.)
This is great news, because it means there are steps we can take to prevent unleashing more little egotists on the world.
And this is bad news, because these steps are actually pretty common-sense; the study cited parental warmth, not praise, as a counterbalance to the trend. It’s also kind of depressing that we’ve even come to a point where narcissism — the increase of which contributes to societal problems such as aggression and violence, according to the research — has become so widespread that an entire study was conducted in the first place. (Then again, selfie sticks are now sold in drugstores for $24.95, so the mystery ends there.)
Not all narcissists are created equal. As convenient as it might be to paint them all with the same brush, this complex personality disorder can be described as more of a spectrum than a singular, fixed, inflexible type.
This poses the problem of how to identify and respond to narcissistic abuse that may otherwise be confused with your more typical (and therefore more socially acceptable) relationship dynamic.
This moderate form of narcissism is often subtle and less easily detected, and while the resulting psychological damage to the victim may be less severe, it is nonetheless present.
So how do you spot a moderate narcissist? How do they differ from other narcissists and your regular person who doesn’t suffer from this disorder?
Are you at the beginning of your recovery journey from narcissistic abuse? Are you learning all about Narcissistic Personality Disorder and coming to grips with the abuse you’ve suffered? If so, chances are you’re waking up to the ugly truth of it: what the pathological narcissist is, and what they are capable of. And the question ‘what happens when the narcissist knows you’ve figured them out’ is front of mind.
Understandably (and very necessarily…), with these realisations, the urge to free yourself is rising within you. Equally reasonably because of the nature of the disorder, you may be stressed, anxious and possibly also fearful about what will happen when they know you’re onto them.
Pathological narcissism exists on a spectrum, with a variety of differing profiles covering the continuum including overt, covert, malignant, and sociopathic narcissists.
Specifically how each one reacts when they know you’ve figured them out therefore varies. There are however commonalities.
In preparing to set yourself free, this article sets out for you likely responses from the narc.
April is Autism Awareness Month. The topic of autism among our youth and adults is something I’m quite passionate about. You might be surprised to know that 1 in 68 births in the United States receive an autism diagnosis with that number increasing every year.
Autism Speaks, a leading autism advocacy non-profit, defines autism as a group of complex disorders of brain development that is often referred to as autism, autism spectrum disorder or ASD. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Thirty-five percent young adults ages 19-23 diagnosed with autism are not employed or received post-secondary education according to a 2012 Pediatrics study. These adults are eager and excited to work but struggle to fit into a hiring and recruitment process that is fundamentally social.
Individuals diagnosed with autism struggle to communicate and interact socially depending on the severity of their autism diagnosis throughout their childhood as well as adults lives. Our hiring practices as well as workplaces for those with autism are not designed for those with this invisible disability. The traditional interviewing and candidate selection process is a social one. Recruiters and hiring managers like candidates to engage and respond to social cues, answer questions and make eye contact. These are not things individuals who are diagnosed with autism can always do. It’s also the reason why employers are establishing special hiring programs designed to engage and hire this workforce.
Is It Impossible to Get a Job with Aspergers or Autism?
I am a psychologist and my area of expertise is with individuals who identify as either Autistic or Asperger’s. My goal is to identify these individuals and help them become self-accepting, self-aware, and excited about who they are and who they will be.
Embedded within my private practice (Southeast Psych) is a media company which helps get psychology out to the world in a fun, free, and exciting way. We have cameras, a green screen, and high-end video editing software.
In addition to some of the major film editing work, we realized we were also in need of someone who could add graphics as well as animation to our projects.
Due to this need, we reached out to the local community college and other surrounding universities in an attempt to fulfill this need through a potential internship program. Animators can be had to find.
Various individuals sent us portfolios of their work, and based on those submissions, we conducted interviews. Note! We received the work product first with a resume rather than conducting the interview first.
During one interview, I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew. I immediately recognized Matthew was on the spectrum or “Aspie.” Matthew also knew he was on the spectrum and was able to concisely and eloquently describe his social and educational experiences.
He described himself as having a social fuse which sometimes burned too short, and he would sometimes need time alone to recharge the fuse. I was impressed with his self-awareness as well as his identification with and knowledge of the spectrum.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) is arguably one of the most misunderstood mental health diagnoses. The myths surrounding BPD are not just annoying for those who experience it, but can also be harmful.
Here are just five of the most prevalent myths surrounding BPD and those of us who live with the diagnosis.
People with Borderline Personality Disorder are often bombarded with false representations and accusations about our character, all of which destroy our self-esteem and hinder our recovery.
Here are five things that someone with BPD needs to hear from their loved ones.
Entering Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) treatment can be a positive, life-changing decision. Successful recovery from BPD can mean healthier relationships and increased emotional stability.
Few people with Borderline Personality Disorder recover without the benefit of professional treatment. In BPD treatment, patients acquire a whole new set of life skills that can help manage their borderline personality symptoms and reduce the amount of conflict and stress in their lives.
Before entering Borderline Personality Disorder treatment, it is a good idea to carefully consider your options. You will want to assess your situation and decide on the approach to BPD treatment that best suits your needs and lifestyle.
Here are five things to consider in your decision-making process:
With more than 200,000 cases of Parkinson’s Disease arising each year just within the United States alone, and with more than 10 million people estimated to be living with PD globally, it is safe to say that this medical condition is common and affects a large number of individuals worldwide. For those with Parkinson’s Disease, they are not alone. By itself, Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal, but does make quality of life uncomfortable without proper treatment. The real issue exists when complications due to Parkinson’s Disease arise, which can in turn become especially serious. Some patients of medical marijuana have described and reported real success with calming some of their Parkinson’s Disease symptoms.
Continue on to discover information regarding Parkinson’s Disease and how marijuana can help…