What is a narcissistic addiction

What you need to know about narcissism

However, when these traits get out of hand, determine the whole of life and place a heavy burden on the person or those around them, psychiatrists speak of a narcissistic personality disorder. This pathological narcissism can be destructive: those affected have an enormous desire for admiration and attention.

They are always out for compliments and consider themselves so important that everyone has to submit to them. Due to their high expectations and the inability to recognize the needs of others, they sometimes shamelessly take advantage of their fellow human beings. They devalue strangers' achievements and successes: they have to make others small in order to feel great about themselves.

Narcissists are sociable but intolerant

The opposite is often hidden behind the megalomania of pathological narcissists. Those affected do not simply have excessive self-confidence. Rather, their self-worth is high, but fluctuates more and depends more than usual on the recognition of others. This makes them more vulnerable than other people. A derogatory remark or justified criticism can send pathological narcissists on a steep decline.

If that happens, they don't withdraw sadly, but see red. They are prone to outbursts of anger and as a rule see no reason to keep the peace. In psychology this trait is called “socially incompatible”. Typically, narcissists are also very extroverted - which can make for an explosive mix.