People with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) often come across to others as being self-absorbed and only thinking of themselves, but NPD may have many characteristics, including:
- A sense of entitlement or special treatment
- An over-the-top sense of importance
- A need for abundant admiration
- A lack of empathy for others
- Highly reactive to criticism
- A need to always be right which can then lead to being overly defensive
- Opposing viewpoints can ignite anger or rage
Another surprising characteristic of people with NPD is that they often suffer from low self-esteem. They continually try to “prove themselves” to others but more importantly, to their not-so-confident inner child.
The cause of NPD is unknown, but some believe it may be due to genetics, biological factors as well as environment and experiences during their childhood.
Treatment and Help for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
It can be difficult for someone with NPD to get treatment because it can be hard for them to admit they even have a problem, but therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) have therapists that specialize in narcissistic personality disorder.
CBT for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
CBT is based on the idea that how you think and act will affect how you feel. CBT focuses on repairing the narcissistic mindset or “schema.” CBT encourages patients to confront narcissistic thought distortions such as black-and-white thinking. CBT helps identify negative behavior patterns and replace them with more productive ones.
NLP for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
NLP can provide help for narcissistic personality disorder because it is based on the idea that you control your mind and for the narcissist, this is almost an invitation to engage. NLP helps by showing how to take that control and use it to change thoughts and feelings about past events that may have contributed to becoming narcissistic.
Both CBT and NLP are breakthrough therapies in treating narcissistic personality disorder in adults as well as adolescents.
At Miami Hypnosis & Therapy, we offer help for narcissistic personality disorder as well as counseling for added support to help transform lives for the better. Contact us and take that first step to free your mind and live a healthier and happier life today!