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Are There “Nice Narcissists?”

What's a Narcissist? Does a nice narcissist exist? If you've read enough of my articles or listened to my podcast, you know that I am a stickler for definitions. Narcissism has become a generic term for any type of abusive relationship, so let me start with definitions so that we can be on the same page. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a cluster B personality disorder that involved a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. "Cluster B" symptoms include behaviors that are dramatic and exaggerated, emotional and intense, erratic and unpredictable. (Cluster A behaviors are eccentric, distrustful, and detached. Cluster C behaviors are anxious and fearful). While few people actually meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder (only 1 in 200 people have NPD), lots of...

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