Thursday, January 12, 2017

Daily Thought For January 12, 2017

NPD

I am making my way through a book someone recommended by Elanor D. Payson, M.S.W. called The Wizard of Oz And Other Narcisissists. 

I think a lot of politicians, musicians, and artists suffer from this disorder, although it is certainly not limited to those professions. 

The book provides excellent advise on how to deal with these types of people and how to establish clear boundaries in your relationships so they can't manipulate you and drive you crazy.

The essence of conversion in Christianity is precisely dying to all of these self-centered behaviors and to learn to live for God and others. 

Have a blessed day and don't follow the yellow-brick road when it comes to this! 😇

in Christ,
Fr. Jim 

Characteristics of Narcissitic Personality Disorder
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
  • Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
from The Wizard of Oz & Other Narcissists by Eleanor D. Payson, M.S.W.  p.21