These all may seem like synonyms for someone who is a bit too into themselves. In other words, like characteristics of a narcissist. You know the type — checks themselves out in every reflective surface, takes hours upon hours to get ready and prefers that they’re the topic of conversation at all times.
However, the word narcissist can mean something more than someone who has an Instagram feed solely consisting of selfies.
What Exactly Is Narcissism?
There are varying degrees of narcissism. People can exhibit narcissistic traits and not have a personality disorder, which is clinically diagnosed. They may just have a narcissistic personality type.
The extent of one’s narcissism is usually determined by the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. There’s an interactive version of it online you can take here.
Most people will find that they’re not narcissists. In fact, narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is not exactly common. According to Psychology Today, narcissism affects about 1 percent of the population. So a true narcissist? It’s not just someone who’s vain.
How can you tell when you’ve encountered someone who is more than just a little too into themselves? Here are the telltale signs of narcissistic personality disorder.