In 2021, it seems as though everyone’s ex has narcissistic personality disorder. In fact, with the way NPD is discussed, you may infer that a person doesn’t develop NPD, or display symptoms, until the divorce process begins. According to the DSM-5, a person can be diagnosed with NPD when they have “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following” :

  • Grandiose sense of self-importance
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  • 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) 
  • Requires excessive admiration.
  • Has a sense of entitlement
  • Is interpersonally exploitative
  • Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

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