narcissism

Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder


When we hear the word narcissism, we tend to get an eerie feeling, and for a good reason. Narcissists are some of the most emotionally and mentally damaging people you can come across in your life. 

Narcissistic people have many unflattering traits that we’re unable to pick up on the first go. These people are so charismatic and charming that they could potentially get away with murder. 

Their magnetism tends to draw many people close to them, and this is precisely what they want.

Narcissists expect adoration and favors from whomever they please. These people don’t care who they hurt and will do anything to get what they want. Narcissists are exploitative, manipulative, and self-absorbed.

Medical professionals have said that selfish people are sometimes the toughest to treat for one reason only. 

They never believe they’re in the wrong. The most important part of treatment is acknowledging that something is indeed wrong with you.

There are no drugs to treat narcissistic personality disorder like there are with many other mental conditions. 

Treating Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Treatment forms for a narcissistic personality disorder are:

Psychotherapy

This is the main focus of treatment for those suffering from NPD. This is typically called talk therapy. Psychotherapy can help narcissists:

  • Relate to others much better, which in turn will improve their overall relationships in such a way it becomes enjoyable, intimate, and rewarding.
  • Understand the basic concept around why they feel the way they do. What drives their emotions and actions every day.
  • Recognize your actual level of competency
  • Accept relationships and even collaboration in the workplace
  • Understand the real issue with their self-esteem.

Psychotherapy could also teach them other things like:

  • Identifying and creating new coping mechanisms – Understand why they have specific patterns and identify the possible cause. Once this is done, they’re given possible suggestions on behaving differently in scenarios where they usually practice control and aggression.
  • Updating their inner voice – By doing this, narcissists need to learn to empathize with themselves first before doing so with others. One way to do this is by having them verbalize what their inner voice sounds like. 

Does it sound loving, scary, sweet, or harsh?

– Does this inner voice sound angry, or does it sound self-assuring?

– Does this inner voice criticize you, or does it praise you?

– Does this voice continuously shower you with compliments, or does it shame you for not being good enough

-Do you need to have such harshness thrown at you?

Once these are determined, they’ll be taught how to explore ways to manipulate themselves and their inner voice into sounding and being better.

  • Being empathetic – This is probably one of the most challenging things for a narcissist to do. However, once they’re able to treat themselves with respect and empathy, they will do so with others

Medication

Depending on whether or not you have a secondary mental illness, you’ll be required to take drugs. These will most likely diminish most of the negative emotions associated with that disorder. 

Secondary conditions like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Require stabilization before focusing on the real problem at hand.

The first step to recovery is accepting that the fault is yours, that you are wrong, and others deserve what you believe they do not. Once you’re able to do this, you’re well on your way.

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