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23 Apr 2006

I believe there is a difference beteen Narcistic Personality Disorderr and having narscistic behaviour - is that correct. Can you please give me a few pointers on narcistic behaviour, because much is written on NPD, but not directly on only narcistic behaviour. Can one have only narsistic behaviour without NPD?
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01 Jan 0001

It can be helpful to view disorders of all sorts as exaggerations of normal components of our personalities and behaviours. We all have a blood sugar level, and it ises and falls in relation to our diet ; but if we have Diabetes, we have a skewed range of blood sugar levels, poorly controlled, and causing problems. Similarly, we are all narcissist at times, irresponsible sometimes, moody or sad at times --- and where such tendencies are rather characteristic of us, our style, you might speak of a Narcissistic personality, or a Depressive personality.
But where these tendencies predominate, are exaggerated in extent or severity, and consistently cause problems, this may instead be considered a Narcissistic Personality Disorder, a Sociopathic Personality Disorder, or a Depressive Disorder.
Where there is a recurring patern of behaviour, as in your example, which at least causes concern, CPD stye counselling would focus on the errant behaviours, the situations in which they arise, and help us to avoid unhelpful responses, and develop a wider range of better behaviours to replace these
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