The term narcissist has become somewhat diluted. We call people narcissists who are rude or pushy, and those who blather on about themselves without asking about anyone else. Sure, they might ultimately be “narcissists” but true narcissistic personality disorder is rare. What’s not rare, however, is the manifestation of narcissistic traits.
A critical mass of these narcissistic traits adds up to full-blown narcissistic personality disorder. However, these narcissistic traits, when taken individually, can (and do) wreak havoc. What’s more, a little of these traits goes a long way in causing pain and suffering to people unlucky enough to be at the receiving end of the narcissist’s wrath.I recently found this website in which the author, the late Joanna Ashmun, beautifully parses the meaning (and the corresponding) behaviors of the term narcissist. So helpful and so well done.
Read the post here: http://www.halcyon.com/jmashmun/npd/dsm-iv.html