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