What Does Narcissistic Abuse Look Like?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

An individual diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) has a significantly inflated ego. This ultra ego needs constant affirmation from others and serves as a defense mechanism to protect an extremely delicate self-esteem. Individuals with NPD lack empathy for others and are perceived as self-obsessed and manipulative. These individuals believe that they are superior and try to surround themselves with other men and women whom they believe are special or gifted as well. They handle criticism very poorly and demand constant attention and affirmation from others.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Like individuals with NPD, men and women who are diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) feel little or no empathy at all towards others. APD is defined by a disregard for morals and other’s rights and feelings. APD individuals lack the ability or will to differentiate between right and wrong. They are impulsive and occasionally violent; like individuals diagnosed with NPD, men and women with NPD believe that they are above the law and other rules/regulation. This often leads to criminal behavior and drug and alcohol abuse.

So What Is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissists and those with APD emotionally manipulate their partner through language intended to create a sense of control over him or her. NPD and APD individuals who engage in narcissistic abuse often make their partner feel worthless and abandoned by other people in order to create a sense of dependency. Narcissists want to be idealized, and use language to make their partner obsess over their own imperfections, doubt their own ability to make decisions, go above and beyond to gain approval from the narcissist, and give in to whatever needs or wants the narcissist may have.

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