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When narcissism becomes pathological | Financial Times

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a form of pathological narcissism, first diagnosed by the psychoanalyst Heinz Kohut, in 1968. A rigid pattern of behaviour that drives a lifelong quest for self-gratification, NPD is characterised by a grandiose sense of self-importance, an insatiable need for attention and a chronic lack of empathy. (See the box on page 30 for a full list of symptoms.)

NPD is classified as a cluster B (or “dramatic”) disorder, alongside antisocial and histrionic disorders. (Cluster As, or “odd” disorders, include paranoid and schizoid disorders; cluster Cs, or “anxious”, include dependent and obsessive-compulsive disorders.) Today, experts believe disproportionate numbers of pathological narcissists are at work in the most influential reaches of society. As Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self-Love, a bestselling study of narcissism, says: “Narcissists gravitate towards professions where they can control people and elicit adulation. They are more likely to work in politics, finance or medicine than in shoemaking.”

https://www.ft.com/content/5ff67be2-b636-11df-a784-00144feabdc0

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