There are so many opinions about narcissistic personality disorder out there. Some may seem silly, but some are incredibly common. Below, we’ll debunk the common myths of NPD.
MYTH: Social media turns people into narcissists. In fact, social media is not responsible for turning people into narcissists, but it does give them an easy platform from which to gain more attention.
MYTH: All narcissists are outgoing. We expect a narcissist to be jovial and outgoing, but this is not always true. Just because someone has a quiet demeanor, doesn’t mean they can’t be a narcissist. When someone drains your energy, it’s time to look at why. When they make you feel like your brain is in a fog, or like you’re “going crazy,” pay attention. Your intuition is telling you something that your brain is ignoring.
MYTH: All narcissists have low self-esteem. This is a little controversial. Some will say this is true, but others say it’s false. I believe the confusion lies in the presentation. Considering that there is not a healthy path to personality disordered traits, this is inherently true to some degree.
MYTH: People with narcissistic personality disorder can have healthy relationships. Given that one of the hallmarks of NPD is lack of empathy, this is not true. You must care about others to have healthy relationships. Period.
MYTH: You can change a narcissist. This false hope is why so many of us stay loyal to our narcissists for so long. We hope they will change. We hope that our mothers will finally apologize for the hurt they have caused us and then we will feel whole. They don’t change.
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