Category: DSM

Narcissistic Injury and the attacks which follow

The DSM 5 manual defines Narcissistic Injury as: “vulnerability in self-esteem which makes narcissistic people very sensitive to ‘injury’ from criticism or defeat. Although they may not show it outwardly, criticism may haunt these individuals and may leave them feeling humiliated, degraded, hollow and empty. They react with disdain, rage, or defiant counterattack.”.

Click on this link to visit the Psychology Today website to read their article titled: “The Destructive Force of Narcissistic Injury“.

Video is courtesy of the DD Morris YouTube channel

Narcissistic Injury was first used by Sigmund Freud back in the 1920’s. A Narcissistic Injury occurs when the Narcissist’s importance is brought into question.

Click on this link to visit the WikiPedia page to read their post titled: “Narcissistic Rage and Narcissistic Injury“.

A Narcissistic Injury can also occur when a person does not accommodate a Narcissist’s insatiable need for constant Admiration and Praise.

Click on this link to visit the PsychCentral website to read their article titled: “Narcissistic Injuries: What They Are and How to Protect Yourself from Them“.

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To find out if someone is a Narcissist, just ask them if they are a Narcissist

To find out if someone is a Narcissist, just ask them if they are a Narcissist. It sounds tongue and cheek, but the answer could be surprisingly accurate.

You could click on this line to visit an interactive version of the 40 question Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Then have the subject go thru all 40 interactive screens.

Or you could simply ask him or her : Are you a Narcissist?

Their answer apparently could correspond well to the DSM test for Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Prior studies have shown that such is the case. In 2012 as study titled “Honestly Arrogant or Simply Misunderstood? Narcissists’ Awareness of their Narcissism” was published. Click on this line to visit the Study publication site.

A newer study titled: “Measuring narcissism with a single question? A replication and extension of the Single-Item Narcissism Scale (SINS)” confirmed the results of the prior study. Click on this line to visit the Science Direct page which features this new study.

To me it sounds strange that a Narcissist would have no problem answering someone who has asked if they are a Narcissist. This all came from a recent post on Psychology Today which is titled: “How to Profile a Narcissist With One Simple Question.The one question a true narcissist cannot resist.“. Click on this line to visit the Psychology Today page featuring that article. Really interesting and unique read.