Psychiatric Times

  • Published 2012


Surprisingly, to the eyes of many experts, the draft of DSM‐5 better captures the essence of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) than previous versions did. Many clinicians (myself included) were dissatisfied with the descriptions of NPD in earlier versions of DSM. Persons with NPD are aggressive and boastful, overrate their performance, and blame others for their setbacks; current editions of DSM portray them as arrogant, entitled, exploitative, embedded in fantasies of grandeur, self‐centered, and charming but emotionally unavailable. This portrayal of persons with NPD conveys only a minimal sense of their self‐experience and misses their complexity.

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