I recently read an article a friend posted on Facebook about 10 signs you’re dating a narcissist. This made me stop and think about the litany of behavioral tests and psychological tests that have been conducted on me over the years, particularly after my injury in Iraq. Thank god none of them categorized me as being a Narcissist.
The Mayo clinic research group defines Narcissistic Personality Disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration.” I know of one such individual who cries in his sleep and doesn’t know it. Pretty sad……but I digress (Charlie Mike)
There are a plethora of tests one can take online to determine if you’re a narcissist. Did you know that narcissists comprise about 6.2% of the population and that the majority of them are men; go figure right.
They are generally a very, very miserable bunch of people that mask their narcissism because of, but not limited to, child conduct problems (if your mom was a hooker and your dad was a Hells Angel, you’re probably a narcissist) and they strive to over achieve, usually failing miserably over and over again.
Just look at points three, four and five in the article 10 Ways to Spot a Narcissist. They inflate themselves and devalue others, they want to be idolized, but don’t care if you like them and they need the best of everything.
So this Thanksgiving, give thanks for not being a narcissist, well some of us anyway, have fun with family, don’t post things in private groups on Facebook (especially when 95% of the group despises you) that could come back to getchya and the rest will fall into place.