It isn’t recognized as a formal diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). But many psychologists and mental health experts have used this term to describe a specific set of personality traits.
According to Campbell’s Psychiatric Dictionary, malignant narcissism combines characteristics of:
- narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)
- antisocial personality disorder (APD)
- aggression and sadism, either toward others, self, or both
Read on to learn more about malignant narcissism, including common characteristics, how it compares to sociopathy, and whether it’s treatable.