The Dark Triad
The triad links cruelty to animals, obsession with fire setting, and persistent bedwetting past a certain age, to violent behaviors, particularly homicidal behavior and sexually predatory behavior.
Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity, pride, egotism, and a lack of empathy.
Machiavellianism is characterized by manipulation and exploitation of others, a cynical disregard for morality, and a focus on self-interest and deception.
Psychopathy is characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, impulsivity, selfishness, and remorselessness.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder involves arrogant behavior, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration-all of which must be consistently evident at work and in relationships. People who are narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. Narcissists may concentrate on unlikely personal outcomes (e.g., fame) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment.
Related Personality Disorders:
Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic.
Narcissism is a less extreme version of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Narcissism involves cockiness, manipulativeness, selfishness, power motives, and vanity-a love of mirrors.
Related personality traits include: Psychopathy, Machiavellianism.
Such people often have grandiose fantastical and idealized versions of themselves inside their own heads.
Narcissists tend to have high self-esteem. However, narcissism is not the same thing as self-esteem; people who have high self-esteem are often humble, whereas narcissists rarely are. It was once thought that narcissists have high self-esteem on the surface, but deep down they are insecure. However, the latest evidence indicates that narcissists are actually secure or grandiose at both levels. Onlookers may infer that insecurity is there because narcissists tend to be defensive when their self-esteem is threatened (e.g., being ridiculed); narcissists can be aggressive. The sometimes dangerous lifestyle may more generally reflect sensation-seeking or impulsivity (e.g., risky sex, bold financial decisions).
The brittle sense of self: Whatever the path has been, the sad truth is that a narcissist’s sense of self, although grandiose, is really brittle. People who are narcissistic to a pathological degree are more fragile than they look, and in order to compensate they vigorously assure themselves and others that they’re extremely confident, talented, good looking, smart, or accomplished. They can exploit others easily when it helps their cause. Someone with a true personality problem does this compulsively in order to maintain homeostasis.