Narcissistic Victim Syndrome

It’s more than a myth.

 

The noun narcissism[1] comes from the Greek myth about the beautiful youth, Narcissus,[2] who gazed admiringly at his own reflection in a pool of water until he wasted away, died, and turned into a flower—the narcissus flower (a daffodil). A narcissist is one who is completely absorbed in his- or herself.

Narcissus (Greek mythology)
Echo and Narcissus – John William Waterhouse (1903)

It is said that one or more of our current presidential candidates are narcissists, and I’ll neither confirm nor deny it. But according to psychologists and counseling therapists, closer to where many of us everyday folk live are individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) who make life difficult for those who live, work, or otherwise regularly interact with them.

In this post, I’m sharing (below) a fascinating PowerPoint slideshow by Jeni Mawter I discovered online. It seems important to me, and it might be helpful to you or someone  you know. After you view the presentation you’ll find that other related slideshows are available from the same author.

(Source: http://www.slideshare.net/jenimawter/narcissistic-victim-syndrome-a-powerpoint-by-jeni-mawter)

[1] Pronounced ′nar-sə-si-zəm.

[2] Pronounced nar-′si-səs.

 

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Author: Dean Christensen

Educator, copyeditor, writer, voiceover guy, baseball bug, logophile, classical music afficionado, classic rock 'n' roll lover, classic-movie buff, bibliophile, former this, used to be that, and future who knows what. Every day is an adventure in learning.

5 thoughts on “Narcissistic Victim Syndrome”

    1. Dean, it really is a joy reconnecting with you and so many of the old SJBC guys and gals. I truly regret not getting to know many of my brothers and sisters. I am being given a second chance. I am thankful for this. Corky

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      1. Very true. I don’t spend much time crying in my root beer anymore. My favorite psychiatrist said all we can do is change ourselves if we can’t change our situation. Always thought that was the idea why God allowed people and events to come into our lives. We can always try hard to let God change who and how we are. Your a good brother Dean. Corky

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  1. I enjoy your work. If I could throw my two cents in I would say that both Obama and Trump are narcissist but in order to make an accurate diagnosis I would need to see the client in person. Making a diagnosis without seeing the client is malpractice. I hate these TV Therapist who refer to every criminal they discuss as having a mental heath problem and normally they tell the public it is a bi polar disorder. Normally people who are criminals are not mentally ill. As a Psychotherapist I have treated a number of narcissist and knowing I am breaking the rules the Whitehouse is full of them and there are narcissist waiting to get in. Corky Riley

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