So, Naomi, what about narcissistic personality disorder?

Having laid out the signs for paranoid personality disorder, I found myself wandering into the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association) -IV and V definition of narcissistic personality disorder. I can’t imagine why.

Here it is:

© 2012 American Psychiatric Association.

DSM-IV and DSM-5 Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder -Revised June 2011

A.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:

1.Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

2.Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

3.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).

4.Requires excessive admiration.

5.Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

6.Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

7.Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

8.Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

9.Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Now, children, if you’re really good and have spotted someone, a/k/a SOMEONE, who fits this description, I’ll next give you the signs of sociopathic personality disorder.


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A Chinese menu of paranoia characteristics: do you recognize anybody?

Part I of my work in progress, How I Learned the Facts of Life, is subtitled “The Facts of Life.” So, logically, Part II is subtitled “The Fakes of Life.”

In my intro to Part II, I found myself using the word “paranoia” several times, I can’t imagine why. Having done so, though, I thought it’d be useful for readers to have the facts about paranoia — a working applicable definition.

My psychiatric dictionary wasn’t lively. I found on Wikipedia a more engaging and understandable definition of paranoid personality disorder (subsequently, annoyingly, referred to as “PPD” — one more of these three letter things and I’m going to do something radical, I don’t know what. I mean, I’m still puzzling over bunches of letters people use on Twitter…but this isn’t what I was going to write so…)

Wikipedia published the following from the World Health Organization definition.

Like any good fun menu, you get a choice of at least three of these items before you can officially label yourself as paranoid. Give it a try, why not?

1. excessive sensitivity to setbacks and rebuffs;
2. tendency to bear grudges persistently (i.e. refusal to forgive insults and injuries or slights);
3. suspiciousness and a pervasive tendency to distort experience by misconstruing the neutral or friendly actions of others as hostile or contemptuous;
4. a combative and tenacious sense of self-righteousness out of keeping with the actual situation;
5. recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding sexual fidelity of spouse or sexual partner;
6. tendency to experience excessive self-aggrandizing, manifest in a persistent self-referential attitude;
7. preoccupation with unsubstantiated “conspiratorial” explanations of events both immediate to the patient and in the world at large.

Includes: expansive paranoid, fanatic, querulant and sensitive paranoid personality disorder.

Hm. Do you recognize any or all of these characteristics in someone you know?

P.S. If you don’t spot any of the above qualities in yourself and feel like giving paranoia a try, here is my own personally tested method: don’t sleep for at least one night and during that time don’t consume anything but water. Then go out onto a street where people are strolling and listen to their conversations.

In such a weird state, I heard two guys cheerfully chat about a murder they’d witnessed, in which the body was dismembered in a bathtub. Good lord — what dark conspiracies were going on out there?

It took me an hour or so before I realized they were talking about a scene in The Sopranos. (Probably.)

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If you have some painting to do at home…

get the Army in to do it. For free. Only cost to you is the materials.

From 538 Significant Digits:

30 days

Members of the military deployed near the U.S.-Mexico border have been assigned to paint a mile stretch of border barriers in Calexico, California, in order to improve their “aesthetic appearance.” The painting will last about 30 days, and the paint and equipment are estimated to cost $150,000. In the past, some barriers have been painted white, which officials say makes it easier to spot migrants, while President Trump has urged for them to be painted black so that they absorb heat and become too hot for migrants to climb. [CBS News]

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