Documentary: Narcissists

This is a really good documentary about Narcissists. As you will see it also includes Sociopaths and Psychopaths. In this film, there is a description of the definition, and how there needs to be over 5 traits to be diagnosed. Those who appear most Narcissistic might not have a diagnosis as they do not have more than 5 traits, although they are very strong in others. It is also a surprising film, as it shows that for someone to be very dangerous they need to have all 9 traits, and someone who does have all 9 traits is the author Sam Vaknin (I wonder if he knew that he would be displayed this way in the film prior to agreeing to take part? I thought perhaps not?). From this film, you can see how there are varying degree’s, how some can be more dangerous than others.

These are the 9 traits

  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 inter-personally 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.