Narcissism 5 Plus Signs You Are Dealing with a Dangerous Narcissistic Person

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Narcissism comes in many forms, including what’s often termed malignant narcissism.


Signs of pathological or “malignant” narcissism include a mix of severe pathological egocentrism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism. It’s worth noting that malignant narcissism doesn’t have its own entry in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which makes it a hypothetical and experimental diagnostic category.

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If you want to see it in action, though, the Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychology described the 2000 movie American Psycho as a depiction of malignant narcissism. This isn’t to say that all narcissists are Patrick Bateman, of course — but there’s a reason the word “malignant” is in there.


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A malignant narcissist is a person that has a mixture of mental problems and psychopathic leanings. Typically, psychopaths have very few emotions, and cannot feel sadness, remorse or guilt. They might know what they are doing is wrong, they just don’t care.


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1. Over-exaggerated sense of entitlement

2. No conscience or remorse

3. Are cruel and sadistic

4. Sense of grandiosity

5. Paranoia

6. Manipulative

7. Fake crying

8. Uses and abuses people


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Meanwhile, Carrie Barron, M.D. described malignant narcissists on Psychology Today as, “Intelligent, high functioning, soft-spoken, charming, tearful/seemingly emotional, gracious, well mannered, kind and have the ability to form relationships.”




  1. shankjoejoe says:

    Excellent, and definitely worth saving! Thank You, Joseph


    1. Thank you and you’re welcome, Joseph.


  2. MuppetAlex1 says:

    Umm. That list looks like most of Parliament. No wonder the UK Govt is in trouble.

    Seriously though, I work in a Cat C prison and have to deal with these sorts of personalities quite a bit. As such I have developed a sort of yardstick for criminal behavior. It is about being selfish. Narcissism, or being self absorbed are all valid descriptions. If you think about a criminal, these are people who will put their own needs or wants above anybody else. A thief or con man who view their immediate needs or wants above those of their victims. A car thief who thinks nothing of other people as they speed past a school with the police on their tail. A sex offender who puts their immediate needs above those of the victim.

    However, a judge does not have to find you guilty to display criminal behavior. I see criminals every day on the roads, usually driving BMWs. They drive in an aggressive manner, intimidating those around them and, if they hit anybody, will try to justify their actions, or even leave the scene, regardless of the carnage they inflict.

    A good example happened recently. My eldest daughter lost it on a wet road and ended up trapped under her motorbike. She had pulled something in her leg, so could not get the bike off of her. The driver behind her slowed and then drove around her so that they could carry on their journey. People stopped their cars to help, including an off duty nurse. A car driver some cars back walked over to remonstrate with people for stopping because he was late for work.

    There are narcissists and criminals all around us and, getting back to the quip about Parliament, perhaps we have the politicians that we deserve.



    1. How is your daughter, Alex? I sincerely hope she is okay, recovering. Ay, those people who just disregard other people’s suffering and pain… late for work, oh gosh.
      Thank goodness there are many other people who still care and did help your daughter.
      About the politicians, let me tell ya, we have them in the Americas too, they are the same all over the world, I think.


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