What Is Narcissistic
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a mental condition in which individuals have an inflated sense of self-importance, which exhibits itself in a need for higher levels of attention, a sense of entitlement, and a lack of empathy for others. Those who have NPD are controlling in relationships at home and at work, leading to emotional, mental, and physical abuse.
How do I know if I’m living with / working with someone who has NPD?
Do people with NPD have other issues in addition to this diagnosis?
What is the best way to communicate with someone who has NPD?
What are the red flags of abuse?
1. Love bombing: Over-showering you with attention and acceptance.
2. Mirroring: Pretending to have the same interests and desires.
3. Mask wearing: Taking on a personality befitting the situation, to benefit their needs, disguising their true self.
4. Isolation: Pitting you against your friends and family, forcing you to abandon them.
5. Devalue: Criticism, making you feel that you can’t do anything right.
6. Gaslightng: Reinventing history to fit their narrative or agenda, and denying how events really happened. Making statements such as “I never said that” or “You’re crazy, that never happened” are hallmarks.
7. Discredit: Turning things around to put the blame on you, dismissing your claims as untrue. They will do this to you, as well as family, friends, and your counselor.
8. Discard: Once they have gotten what they need, or feel that you have realized what they are doing, they will drop you like a hot rock.
9. Hoover: They will try to win you back, with promises of change making statements like “I’ll change, it will be better this time”, “I didn’t really mean it”.
10. Rinse and repeat: The cycle will start over again from the beginning.
About MeAs a survivor of an abusive relationship personally, I was very much inspired to help others see the signs and escape the abuse. I share my story openly and transparently in an effort to bring an often taboo topic into the light. My passion is to educate and enlighten others, providing the tools needed to move forward on their own and not be dependent on others.
What you will always get with me, in my videocasts, books, from the stage, and in personal counseling, is honesty and a no-nonsense communication style. I call out people on their stories and help them see a new way of being that allows them to step into their personal power.