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Narcissism is a term that people like to throw around about others who they generally dislike. Down every high-school hallway, there is one teenager calling another a narcissist. Most people only know the basics of the term, however, and fail to realize that this is a real mental health disorder that people struggle with every single day.

What Is Narcissism?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a disorder typically characterized by selfish, self-centered behaviors. Individuals tend to be manipulative, condescending, and deliberately mean. Many individuals who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder are wildly insecure at their core. An individual suffering tends to try to compensate for their insecurity with a desire to be the best, be in control, and dominate other people. People with narcissistic personality disorder tend to be very focused on themselves and how they can get what or where they want. For that reason, it can be hard for someone with narcissistic personality disorder to trust other people or to seek treatment.

Looking to the Past

Getting help from a professional can be a good way to help work through struggles. Many individuals with narcissistic personality disorder do not know they actually have it. Most of the time it is another person in the narcissist’s life that points out there may be a larger problem and a real disorder to be worked through. Working with a knowledgeable professional can make all of the difference. For some people with this disorder, it tends to be associated with early life trauma. Exploring childhood, past trauma, and family dynamics can be helpful in better understanding your struggles. By understanding your past, acknowledging your true feelings, and working through trauma, individuals can begin their recovery journeys. 

Narcissistic personality disorder can have a large impact on an individual’s life. It can affect their employment, relationships, and general well-being. Once a person understands they have this disorder, they can begin the journey of understanding their emotions, needs, and trauma. Working with a professional can help. A therapist can help the person with the disorder know where to start and how to focus on where the emotions may be stemming from. Sometimes when there is childhood or early life trauma, we may not understand how it is connecting to our current issues in adulthood. By understanding how our minds are making connections, we can understand how to work through our issues. Here at The Guest House, we have great professionals ready to help you along your journey of discovery and healing. Call us today to learn more at (855) 483-7800.