Fulfillment at Any Age

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The Paradoxical Needs of the Narcissist

As glamorous and captivating as narcissists might appear to be, we know from extensive psychological research that many suffer deep-seated insecurities. In the worst case scenarios, their desire to be loved and adored comes in direct conflict with their tendencies to put off the people who care about them the most. Read More

I have heard of this

I have heard of this but it was called overt and covert narcissism. From what I have researched it is my understanding that when placed along a narcissism spectrum. Grandiose/Overt narcissism is at one end of the spectrum. Venerable/Covert narcissism would be placed somewhere in the middle and the Borderline disorders at the other end of the spectrum.

My understanding of these cluster b disorders is that they are all manifestations of a deeply rooted sense of shame and are defenses against that shame.

The ego strength of the grandiose end of the spectrum is extremely strong and tends to weaken as it goes towards the other end of the spectrum where the ego can change like a chameleon.

Not to sure if you believe that the borderline personality should be included in the narcissism spectrum. Although I am not a professional in this field I do believe that it should be.

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Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment.


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