“I think the narcissist is someone who feels that they’re superior and they want to be a dominant person, which is not a real, healthy trait,” said Dr. Jonathan Paskin, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.
“I believe the narcissists are people who are highly vulnerable to manipulation and manipulation and the narcissism is an adaptive response.”
A narcissist’s primary goal, he added, is to feel like he is superior and that his worth is so high that he can do whatever he wants without consequence.
When a narcissism isn’t recognized as such, it can lead to an even deeper level of self-loathing, he said.
“It is the same kind of self hatred that is seen in psychopaths, the narcissistically depressed,” Paskins said.
“It’s not just a case of a narcissistic individual getting angry and aggressive.
It’s a self-perpetuating cycle.
That’s a problem for anyone.”
But the more serious form of narcissism, Paskinson said, is one that is associated with violent behavior and extreme narcissism.
“Narcissists don’t just want to feel superior, they’re going to use any means necessary to achieve that,” he said, noting that the same behavior is often used against those who suffer from mental health problems.
“When a person is not receiving treatment for the same symptoms, the result is the self-destruction of those who need it most,” Pankinson said.
He also noted that there are also narcissists who are capable of great empathy.
“The narcissist may have empathy for the suffering of others, but they’re also able to be manipulative and deceitful and dishonest and they have very limited understanding of how their actions affect others,” he added.
“In a narcissistic relationship, a person feels like he or she is the only one who matters,” Pasksin added.
“If someone is really needy, it may be that the narcissistic partner wants to get back at them.”
The narcissist also has the ability to deceive and lie, Pankins said, so he can make the relationship work.
He may say the narcissisn’t worthy of love because he or he doesn’t feel worthy of the relationship, for example, and then they’ll do whatever they can to make sure they feel that way.
“That kind of manipulation is very destructive to a relationship, and a narcissists capacity to lie is also very destructive,” he explained.
“They can get away with anything.”
As for whether or not to recognize narcissists as a mental health disorder, Pasksinson said it’s a judgment call, not a medical diagnosis.
“We don’t have any data to say if a narcissian is going to show signs of a mental disorder, but if they are a significant factor in your life and are presenting with signs of anxiety and depression, that might be a sign of a diagnosis,” he concluded.
“But you need to look at the totality of the situation.”
It’s important to note, though, that it’s not always clear whether a narcissisor has a diagnosis, and he or they are not a perfect fit for the diagnosis.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a narcissistically diagnosed person may exhibit symptoms of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
But they may also have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder or conduct disorder.
Other factors can cause the condition, including: A history of domestic violence or abuse A history or physical history of mental illness A history and physical history or history of substance abuse or dependence A history with a history of alcohol abuse or a history with substance abuse disorder, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
The DSM-IV states that there is a wide range of diagnosis.
But according to Dr. David J. Green, a psychologist and clinical professor of clinical psychology at the Emory University School of Medicine, there is no one right way to diagnose narcissists.
“There are many ways to identify narcissists,” he told NBC News.
“One way is to look for any history of abuse, and if they have a history, that’s something to be concerned about.”
Another way to look is to consider whether the person is a victim of domestic abuse.
“Domestic violence is a serious and pervasive issue that affects a lot of people, but it’s often not recognized as a problem until it’s too late,” Green said.
If the narciss is a child, there’s also a risk that he or the child will become violent.
“So if you think about how we treat children, we have very strong standards and we do a lot to help children get through those traumatic experiences,” he continued.
“In some cases, that may be a reason why the child doesn’t come out and tell us.”
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a neuropsychologist at the Johns Hopkins University School, agrees that it can be challenging to identify a narciss who might have a mental illness.