Narcissistic personality disorder is characterised by the individual exhibiting a grandiose sense of self-importance, a constant need for admiration and praise of their accomplishments, and a lack of empathy for others. These behaviours typically begin to manifest in early adulthood. Individuals with this disorder typically feel that they are superior to others in their capabilities and accomplishments, and expect to be recognised and praised for their perceived superiority. They may view themselves as being “unique” or “special” in comparison with other people, and expect to be treated as such. Individuals with this disorder have a strong sense of entitlement, and may feel that they are entitled to praise, recognition or other rewards even when their behaviour or accomplishments do not in fact warrant this.
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