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narcissistic personality disorder


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A personality disorder characterized by grandiose ideas or actions, beginning by early adulthood, indicated by such signs and symptoms as self-importance and boastfulness; preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, beauty, or other desirable attributes; self-image as someone who should associate only with high-status people or institutions; excessive need for admiration; unreasonable expectations of favourable treatment; interpersonal exploitativeness; lack of empathy; envy; and patronizing arrogance. The term was introduced by the Austrian-born US psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut (1913–81). See also grandiose self, narcissism. NPD abbrev.

Subjects: Psychology.


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