DSM IV Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
requires excessive admiration
has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Childhood developmental factors and parenting behaviors that may contribute to the disorder include:
An oversensitive temperament at birth
Overindulgence and overvaluation by parents
Valued by parents as a means to regulate their own self-esteem
Excessive admiration that is never balanced with realistic feedback
Unpredictable or unreliable caregiving from parents
Severe emotional abuse in childhood
Being praised for perceived exceptional looks or talents by adults
Who would name their blog with such a name as this????
Well, we would. There are a bunch of us. See all our names on the side? See that they are pseudo-names? Yeah, we don't want you to know who we really are in real life. But trust me.
We are moms. We are wives. We are friends. We are in numerous relationships.
We needed a safe place to vent, to say those things that we can't say to the faces of those we love or those we dislike.
We have strong opinions. And we want to share them. We don't want a lot of flack from those we KNOW who think their opinions are more important than OURS! We've been told to "be nice" on Facebook. We "hold back" on our own blogs for fear of hurting feelings. We don't want our parents to read what we really feel and think.
We wanna talk about sex, or the lack thereof. We need to talk about PoOp and puke. There are other feminine manners we would love to spout off about but can't in the "public" world of the internet. So here, where no one knows who we are, we can say WHATEVER WE WANT! An open slate. Whatever floats our boats.
Will we use language? Probably a little - see the title of the blog???