Narcissism Personality Disorder

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Narcissism is a personality disorder, that for a while many clinicians were not satisfied with the way narcissism was depicted in earlier versions of the DSM, emphasizing how there has been some unclear aspects of the personality disorder (Dimaggio, 2012). Narcissism is typically diagnosed by a medical professional, but it has been reported that most people with the disorder do not seek treatment (Luchner and Tantleff-Dunn, 2016). According to the author, Marit Svindseth (2008), narcissistic personality disorder does not contain the typical list of mental health symptoms. In fact, when she evaluated narcissism in terms of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, she found that people with narcissism personality disorder have significant positive …show more content…
She concluded from her findings, that in the sample observed, severe violence and high self-esteem were strongly correlated to high levels of narcissism. She also found that anxiety, depression, and suicidality were parallel to patients low levels of narcissism. Svindseth’s conclusions support the notion that Frank Gallagher is a high level narcissist. Frank has an extremely high self-esteem, he never believes that anything he does it wrong, even when the show makes it satirically obvious. He also has never shown any signs of depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Frank has been an alcoholic for the vast majority of his life, and his liver finally starts to catch up with him. When his liver starts to fail, Frank becomes extremely ill, his body goes to shambles, and he’s on the brink of death. None of his family members, except his eldest daughter, Sammy, from a previous relationship, have any desire to help him, because of the way he has treated them all. His eldest daughter only helps him because he manipulates her into doing so, telling her that he will buy her a new mobile home once he is better, this ends up being a big lie, Frank never gives Sammy anything in return. Sammy goes to many lengths, most of which are extremely sketchy, to find Frank a liver. When she is unable to do so, Frank’s doctor tells her that she needs to get Frank’s affairs in order and …show more content…
The research that I read definitely made me more aware of the personality disorder, seeing how narcissism is not a widely talked about personality disorder, and I know through my life I’ve witnessed people use the term incorrectly. I learned that if someone is diagnosed with narcissism, that doesn’t just mean they feel arrogant or self-entitled. I learned that it is far more extreme and genuine, people with this personality disorder physically and mentally cannot see any other perspective other than their own and often have extreme external locus of control. I also understand now that narcissism can lead to alcoholism and extreme violence, which are uncommon symptoms amongst personality

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