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Narcissists, Medication, and Chemical Imbalances

Question:

Can pathological narcissism be induced by substance abuse or biochemical imbalances in the brain?

Answer:

The narcissist’s moods change abruptly in the wake of a narcissistic injury. One can easily manipulate the moods of a narcissist by making a disparaging remark, by disagreeing with him, by criticising him, by doubting his grandiosity or fantastic claims, etc.

Such REACTIVE mood shifts are not provoked by the fluctuations in the narcissist’s body chemistry (for instance, his blood sugar levels), or with the presence or absence of any substance or chemical in his brain. It is possible to reduce the narcissist to a state of rage and depression AT ANY MOMENT, simply by employing the above “technique”. He can be elated, even manic – and in a split second, following a narcissistic injury, depressed, sulking or raging.

The opposite is also true. The narcissist can be catapulted from the bleakest despair to utter mania (or at least to an increased and marked feeling of well-being) by being provided with the flimsiest Narcissistic Supply (attention, adulation, etc.).

These swings are totally correlated to external events (narcissistic injury or Narcissistic Supply) and not to cycles of hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, sugar, or other substances in the body. Continue reading “Narcissists, Medication, and Chemical Imbalances”

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Pathological narcissism associated with reduced frontal cortex thickness in the brain

Pathological narcissism is associated with reduced cortical thickness and cortical volume in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, according to a study published online this July in Neuroscience, which may explain impairments in the regulation of emotion.

Pathological narcissism, which differs from the normal form of narcissism (a normally distributed personality feature), can be defined as a personality characteristic involving arrogant behavior, feelings of entitlement, lack of empathy, and willingness to exploit other individuals. It is also often associated with aggression and dominance.

Pathological narcissism has been shown to predict psychological health, with individuals high in narcissism more likely to suffer mental disorders. For example, researchers have found that pathological narcissism is correlated with: anxiety, depression, loneliness, empathy, and neuroticism. Furthermore, individuals with a narcissistic personality exhibit avoidant attachment styles, maintain distance in relationships, claim not to need others, and are more sensitive to social rejection. Continue reading “Pathological narcissism associated with reduced frontal cortex thickness in the brain”

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At a Neurological Level, Narcissists Are Needy

We all know a narcissist or two — the often-annoying colleagues, friends, and family members who seem to be constantly talking about themselves and touting their own achievements. In some ways, these characters are a paradox. They seem to be in love with themselves — and when they’re asked in questionnaires, they claim to have very high self-esteem — but their behavior poses an obvious question: If you were genuinely happy with yourself, why would you feel the need to constantly boast and seek admiration from others?

A new study in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience potentially solves the mystery: Narcissists may talk and act confident, but their brains don’t lie. At a neural level, narcissists are needy. Continue reading “At a Neurological Level, Narcissists Are Needy”

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Narcissists’ Lack of Empathy Detected in Brain Scans

Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder suffer from low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority, while also projecting displays of arrogance and vanity, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

One of the key traits of pathological narcissists is their clear lack of empathy, said Stefan Röpke, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin in Germany. Generally, these patients are able to recognize what others feel and think, but outwardly exhibit little compassion. [The 10 Most Controversial Psychiatric Disorders]

The left anterior insula region of the brain, which is thought to be involved with cognitive functioning and the regulation of emotion, has also been tied to the generation of compassion and empathy.

“This was already a region of interest for empathy, but for the first time, we were able to show that it is structurally correlated in the brain,” Röpke told LiveScience. Continue reading “Narcissists’ Lack of Empathy Detected in Brain Scans”

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Narcissism and risky decisions: a neurophysiological approach

Narcissists are prone to risky decision-making, but why? This study tested—via behavioral and event-related potential (ERP) measures—two accounts: deficiencies in error monitoring and deficiencies in action updating. High and low narcissists were engaged in a monetary gambling task by choosing between a high-risk and a low-risk option while the electroencephalogram (EEG) was being recorded. Two ERP components relevant to outcome evaluation—feedback-related negativity (FRN) and P3—were analyzed, with the FRN serving as an index of error monitoring and the P3 as an index of action updating. Generally, high and low narcissists differed in the high-risk condition but not in the low-risk condition. At the behavioral level, high (vs low) narcissists made riskier decisions following high-risk decision outcomes, which was in line with past findings; at the neurophysiological level, while no FRN difference emerged between high and low narcissists, the outcome valence effect (positive vs negative) on the P3 was stronger among low narcissists than high narcissists following high-risk decision outcomes. One possible interpretation of the results is that narcissism is associated with reduced action updating. The findings contribute to the understanding of narcissistic decision-making and self-regulation. Continue reading “Narcissism and risky decisions: a neurophysiological approach”

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SEEING NARCISSISM IN THE BRAIN

We can now see narcissism in the brain. Brain scans of people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) showed they have less brain matter in areas associated with emotional empathy. This is the first time anyone has seen the evidence of narcissism in brain structures.

The inability to feel empathy is one of the hallmarks of NPD. Researchers have found that people with this disorder can take the perspective of another person in a purely intellectual way. However, when it comes to actually feeling what another person is going through, narcissists have difficulty.

A group of German researchers recently studied the source of this lack of emotional empathy in people with NPD. In their research, they collected MRI brain scans of 17 people with NPD along with 17 people from the community for comparison. The researchers first looked at brain volume overall and found that the people with NPD were similar to the healthy individuals. That is, both groups’ brains’ were similar overall. Continue reading “SEEING NARCISSISM IN THE BRAIN”

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Brain structure in narcissistic personality disorder: A VBM and DTI pilot study

The activity of the mPfc has been negatively related to self-serving attributions in experimental procedures. in particular, an eeg study found that non self-serving attributions required increased activity in the mPfc -interpreted as a sign of heightened self-control – when compared to self-serving attributions in healthy participants ( Krusemark et al. 2008). Abnormalities in the mPFC found in narcissists ( Nenadic et al. 2015) may therefore be the source of their self-enhancing tendencies. Striking support to this hypothesis comes from the investigation of the connections between mPfc and basal ganglia. … Continue reading “Brain structure in narcissistic personality disorder: A VBM and DTI pilot study”

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Christmas Planning – Day 4

Parental Alienators like to go beyond mental cruelty especially at Christmas time!!!

After reading Viktor Emil Frankl – Mans Search for meaning many years ago, I began to understand how it is possible, to overcome the shock and trauma of not being allowed to speak, see or give Xmas presents to your children for many years at Christmas time.

Frankl identifies three psychological reactions experienced by all inmates to one degree or another:

(1) shock during the initial admission phase to the camp, (2) apathy after becoming accustomed to camp existence, in which the inmate values only that which helps himself and his friends survive, and (3) reactions of depersonalization, moral deformity, bitterness, and disillusionment if he survives and is liberated.[5]

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
What is to give light must endure burning.”

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor, surviving Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering and Türkheim.



Offer up your night to the Hackney Winter Night Shelter

Open from November to March each year, Hackney Winter Night Shelter offers a bed for the night and a hot meal for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough. Without its team of volunteers, it simply would be unable to run.

https://www.homeless.org.uk/search-homelessness-services



Volunteer for Shelter

Volunteers are integral to our fight against bad housing and homelessness.

Discover the many ways you can volunteer with Shelter and make a real difference whilst developing your own skills.

https://england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/volunteer


London Winter Shelters list 2019/20 published

Friday, 1 November 2019 – 3:30pm

Winter will soon officially be upon us, which means winter night shelters will be opening their doors. It is also time for Homeless Link to publish our list of London emergency shelters available this winter.

https://www.homeless.org.uk/connect/blogs/2019/nov/01/london-winter-shelters-list-201920-published


Shelter from the storm

Read SFTS Privacy Notice and Consent – Volunteers here

Volunteer Signup Form

If you experience any problems just email us at : ivolunteer@sfts.org.uk
Once we receive the completed form someone will be in touch to arrange for a trial shift

We operate 7 days a week and need volunteers for the following shifts

  • Evening: Arrive at 5pm to 9pm. Help with cooking, laundry, cleaning, clothing store and talking with the guests.
  • Overnight: Arrive at 8.30pm and stay overnight to keep guests safe, leaving at 6.30am when the breakfast team arrive.
  • Breakfast: Arrive 6.30am to 8.30am. Prepare and serve breakfast

https://sfts.org.uk/volunteer/


Volunteering at the Marylebone Project

Volunteers play an important role in the work we do at the Marylebone Project and mean that we can offer a variety of activities and increased support to the women we work with. Volunteering is a great chance to make use of your skills and gain experience whilst giving something back to the community.

How to Apply

To apply for any of the below volunteer roles please complete a Volunteer Application Form and e-mail it to volunteer@maryleboneproject.org.uk. You are welcome to send a completed application form as a general application and suggest ways in which you might be able to help, but please note that we may not be able to respond to all applications – we will be in touch if we have a role suitable for you!

To enquire about group or corporate volunteering opportunities contact Angela Owen at marylebone@churcharmy.org.


Snowflake Night Shelter

Volunteers are welcome from all Communities in the area.

They are an integral part of the Snowflake Night Shelter’s success. They are the ones that create real change for those most in need. This is your chance to meet new people, gain new skills and experience and have fun whilst being part of a great cause. We need Night Shelter Volunteers to help tackle the issue of homelessness this winter and provide support to those who are most vulnerable.

What does a Volunteer Do?

Main tasks include:

  • Setting up at Venue (unloading van, putting up beds, arranging chairs and tables – putting kettle on!)
  • Basic food preparation
  • Serving evening meal
  • Serving hot drinks and food
  • Engaging with and chatting to Guests
  • Supporting with housekeeping and ensuring the facilities remain clean

The Volunteers` Handbook sets out the routines which are followed when engaging with the Guests in the Night Shelter, please  click on link to view or email info@snowflake-nightshelter.org.uk to request a paper copy.

Skills needed:

  • Energy and enthusiasm

  • Being non judgemental

  • Commitment and dependability

  • Willing to learn and listen


Robes

OUR NIGHT SHELTERS ARE DELIVERED BY VENUES THROUGHOUT SOUTHWARK & LAMBETH.

EACH VENUE RECRUIT THEIR OWN VOLUNTEERS TO RUN THE PROJECT.

If you would like to volunteer in our shelters this season, please contact your local venues directly using the links below

https://robes.org.uk/volunteering-in-our-night-shelters


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Christmas Planning – Day 3

Become a house/pet sitter

Sadly some of you will find yourself without a home this Christmas, probably through no fault of your own. Maybe the alienator has taken over the family home, maybe you have been duped financially by the alienator. Many alienators use the children as a weapon for financial gain which normally includes your home.

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in this situation like I did many years ago, you could always spend Christmas house or pet sitting!

You know that Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet Christmas film, The Holiday? Where the two women can’t stand the thought of being lonely at home during the holidays and decide to swap houses (and lives) for two weeks?

PAYING HOUSE SITTERS: Many house sitters will take on your house sitting assignment free of charge, in return for the opportunity to travel without having to pay for lodging. Those who charge a fee are free to determine their own daily rate based on the unique requirements of your assignment.

There are 1421 house and pet sitting opportunities in the uk

https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/

https://www.nomador.com/find-house-sitting-and-pet-sitting-assignments?

https://www.mindmyhouse.com

House Sitter Needed for Cat and Cottage Near Cambridge England…

We are planning an extended trip home to the US to visit family and friends. Since we are unable to take our cat, Mickey, with us, we are looking for a house sitter from the 12th to the 23rd of December.& More

Animal Lover South West France…

Looking for annimal lovers

SW of the Dordogne between Bergerac and Bordeaux. Set in 7 hectares, with forest walks on the doorstep and lovely views. Centrally heated, plus l More

House sitter needed for my affectionate cat…

Singles or couples/partners. Dependable people of any nationality, with a genuine love of animals, willing to give their care and attention to our cat and our home.

They would be required to feed and ta More

Sitter wanted for friendly cat in 2.5 room flat with lake view near Lausanne…

I am looking for a housesitter who loves cats, and will spend some time each day playing and cuddling with my cat Nike. You would need to feed and play with her each day, cleaning her litter 2-3x per week. More…

Petsitter required for 2 dogs and 4 cats over christmas and new year in Budapest…

Hi All,

We are looking for a house sitter to take care of our two dogs, Tess and Scarlet, over the Christmas and New Year period, here in Budapest. In addition we have 4 cats, who dont take much l More

Yogi in nice apartment in Berlin…

I am looking for someone to spend 10 days here with lovely cat Yogi, feed him and play with him.

He lives in a small but nice apartment in East Berlin, next to scene district Friedrichs More..

Pet sitter needed for my dog over Christmas holidays…

We are looking for a house sitter over the Christmas holidays to take care of our dog, walk her twice a day and keep our home secure and tidy. We live just outside Oxford, near the lovely village of Cumnor. More

Housesitter needed for Christmas…

We are returning to the states for Christmas this year and need a housesitter for our animals. We have two dogs, Baxter and Roxie, two cats and a handful of chickens. Baxter is a 4 year old Labrador cross and Rox More

Gardeners and handy couple welcomed in Poitou for 3 months…

WE ARE OFFERING THE ONE BEDROOM GATE COTTAGE WITH TINY GARDEN TO A COUPLE OF ENGLISH OR SPANISH SPEAKING HOUSE-SITTERS. Set at the entrance of the property and very private, it is very well equippe More

Pet sitter needed for energetic and affectionate 3 year old Australian Shepard…

Hello, im a Canadian Masters student studying Diplomacy and Foreign Policy here in london, at the University of London. Im looking for a house sitter to look after my dog. I have modern flat in upper shoreditch, More

Spend Christmas and New Year in the Cairngorms National Park…

Looking for a couple or two friends to look after our house and pets while we visit our son in Australia.

We have one easy Labrador who needs a daily walk, A friendly cat who needs let in or out as requ More

House and dog sitter needed for a few days over Christmas…

Hi, we are looking for someone to look after our house and two dogs for a few days over Christmas. Our dogs are very low maintenance, they require feeding twice a day (one has a tablet twice a day which More

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Christmas Planning – Day 2

Book a Christmas shift

High street shops often offer higher wages or ‘double pay’ during the festive period to recruit more members of staff to meet shopping demands.

Christmas Temporary Workers-Twilight Shift
K2 Recruitment
Bicester, United Kingdom (+1 other)
Christmas Bar & Waiting shifts @ £8.21-£10.55 per hour paid after…
Brightsparks Recruitment
London, UK
Christmas Night Shift Warehouse Loaders
All Temps Recruitment
South Shields, United Kingdom (+1 other)
Christmas Temporary Workers-Twilight Shift
K2 Recruitment
Bicester, United Kingdom (+1 other)
Christmas contract NIGHT PARCEL SORTERS needed- Fareham
Simple Recruitment Services Ltd
Fareham, UK
Royal Mail Christmas Mail Sorters – Various Shifts Available!
WB Employment
Plymouth, UK (+1 other)
via reed.co.uk
Retail Assistant – Night shift 10 – 40 hours Christmas Temp
Primark
United Kingdom
Christmas Night Crew
The Entertainer
London, UK
via Glassdoor
    • Retail Assistant – Night Shift – Christmas temp, 32 hours
      Primark
      Kingston upon Thames, UK
      via Glassdoor
      14 hours ago
    • Day Shift Picker /Packer temp to Christmas
      Cluett Reeve Ltd
      London, UK
      via LinkedIn
      12 hours ago
    • Christmas Stock Replenisher
      C2 Recruitment.
      Colchester, UK
      via Neuvoo
      8 hours agoFull-time
    • Christmas Stock Replenisher
      C2 Recruitment.
      Port Glasgow, UK
      via Neuvoo
      20 hours agoFull-time
    • Youth Support Worker (Christmas Temp)
      TalentSpa
      Roxwell, Chelmsford, UK
      via LinkedIn
      19 hours ago
    • Christmas Temp
      C2 Recruitment.
      Pontardawe, Swansea, UK
      via Neuvoo
      17 hours ago
    • Youth Support Worker (Christmas Temp)
      TalentSpa
      Bracknell, UK
      via Recruit.net
      14 hours ago
  • Night Warehouse Operative
    Abacus Employment Services
    Thatcham, UK
    via Recruit.net
    14 hours agoPart-time
  • Xmas Temp Night Warehouse Operative
    CV-Library
    Worcester, UK
    via LinkedIn
    12 hours ago
  • Christmas temporary cover required – Luxury Day/Night Temporary…
    Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados
    London, UK (+1 other)
    via LinkedIn
    8 hours ago
  • Nightshift Food Production Operative
    Search Consultancy
    Glenrothes, UK
    via Search Consultancy
    4 hours ago
  • Christmas Temp Van Driver
    Anonymous
    London, UK
    via Work Mums – Jobboard.com
    22 hours ago
  • Night Shift Picker
    Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd
    Cheshunt, UK
    via LinkedIn
    11 hours agoFull-time
  • X-mas contract NIGHT PARCEL SORTERS needed- Aldershot
    CV-Library
    Portsmouth, UK
    via LinkedIn
    12 hours agoFull-time
  • Temp Christmas Money
    Nouvo Recruitment
    Borehamwood, United Kingdom (+1 other)
    via Work Mums – Jobboard.com
    22 hours ago£10.00–£10.50 an hour
  • Waking Night Support Worker
    Search Consultancy
    Crewe, UK
    via Search Consultancy
    4 hours agoFull-time
  • Temp Christmas Money
    Nouvo Recruitment
    Borehamwood, United Kingdom (+1 other)
    via TopOxfordshireCareers
    22 hours ago£10.00–£10.50 an hour
  • TEMPORARY CONCIERGE
    Abbatt Property Recruitment
    London, UK (+1 other)
    via LinkedIn
    11 hours ago
  • Warehouse staff needed for Christmas
    Anonymous
    Mansfield, UK
    via TopLeicestershireCareers
    22 hours agoFull-time
  • Christmas Parcel Sorters – Exeter – 1am till 8:30am
    WB Employment
    Exeter, UK (+1 other)
    via The Top UK Jobs
    6 hours ago£8.50–£9.00 an hourFull-time
  • Day Shift Jobs in Lancashire,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Lancashire, UK
    via Freelance Job Openings
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Communications Manager Jobs in Ely,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Ely, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • HGV 1 – Parcel Trunking
    MAINSTAY RECRUITMENT SOLUTIONS LTD
    West Midlands, UK (+1 other)
    via Recruit.net
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Knowledge Management Jobs in Edinburgh,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Edinburgh, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • 7.5 Tonne Driver – Cambridge – WEEKLY PAY
    JobLookup
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    via JobLookup
    14 hours ago£600–£650 a weekFull-time
  • Technical Support Advisor
    Search Consultancy
    Sheffield, UK
    via Recruit.net
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Product Sales Jobs in Edinburgh,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Edinburgh, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours ago
  • Safety Jobs in Derbyshire,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Derbyshire, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours ago
  • Retail Assistant Jobs in Berkshire,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    United Kingdom
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours ago
  • Warehouse
    Brook Street
    Chelmsford, UK
    via TopCountyCareers
    21 hours ago£9.00–£10.54 an hour
  • Retail Jobs in Ely,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Ely, UK
    via Freelance Job Openings
    14 hours ago
  • N0388359 – Stockroom Assistant – Temporary – LONDON STRATFORD
    Keystone Jobs
    London, UK
    via Neuvoo
    10 hours ago
  • Sales Jobs in Peterborough,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Peterborough, UK
    via Freelance Job Openings
    14 hours ago
  • Class 1 HGV Night Driver
    Enterprise Driver Recruitment
    Oldham, United Kingdom (+1 other)
    via Totaljobs
    22 hours ago£12–£14 an hour
  • Part Time Jobs in Brighton And Hove,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Brighton and Hove, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours agoPart-time
  • N0388316 – Stockroom Assistant – Temporary – LONDON BRENT CROSS
    Keystone Jobs
    London, UK
    via Neuvoo
    10 hours ago
  • Warehouse Operative
    Blue Arrow
    Preston, UK
    via Recruit.net
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Warehouse Operative
    24-7 Recruitment Services Ltd
    Slough, UK
    via Neuvoo
    22 hours agoFull-time
  • Packing Operatives
    Meridian Business Support
    Shepton Mallet, UK
    via Neuvoo
    9 hours agoFull-time
  • Childrens Residential Support Worker
    Brook Street
    Wakefield, UK
    via Neuvoo
    17 hours agoFull-time
  • Packing Operatives
    Meridian Business Support
    Shepton Mallet, UK
    via Neuvoo
    9 hours agoFull-time
  • Childrens Residential Support Worker
    Brook Street
    Wakefield, UK
    via Neuvoo
    17 hours agoFull-time
  • Picker & Packer / Warehouse Operative
    Brook Street
    London Borough of Enfield, UK
    via Neuvoo
    17 hours agoFull-time
  • Warehouse Operative
    24 7 Recruitment Services
    Kettering, UK
    via Jobs
    12 hours agoFull-time
  • Clothing Jobs in Berkshire,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    United Kingdom
    via Freelance Job Openings
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Reach Drivers required for immediate start
    Proman
    Merseyside, UK
    via Recruit.net
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Cleaning Operative Jobs in UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    United Kingdom
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours ago
  • Customer Service Admin – Temp
    Macildowie Associates
    Alfreton, UK
    via TopLeicestershireCareers
    6 hours ago£8.70 an hour
  • Stock Counter Assistant
    C2 Recruitment.
    Wembley, UK
    via Neuvoo
    17 hours agoFull-time
  • Parts Manager Jobs in Ely,UK
    freelancejobopenings.com
    Ely, UK
    via Freelancejobopenings
    14 hours agoFull-time
  • Production Operative
    Staffline
    Boston, UK
    via JobLookup
    14 hours ago£8.21 an hourFull-time
  • HGV Class 1 Driver Needed TEMP TO PERM
    Venatu Consulting Ltd
    Castleford, UK
    via TopYorkshireCareers
    9 hours ago£10.25–£12.00 an hour