Narcissism, Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder In Perspective
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is part of a wider continuum of narcissism not the sum total of it all. NPD is not the sole domain of narcissism. It is important to understand there are many faces to narcissism and that it manifests in different ways for different reasons outside of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder does not house all narcissism. Narcissism is common to all personality disorders to some degree. Those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) also wrestle with it as I outline in my Ebook The Shadows and Echoes of Self – The False Self Born Out of the Core Wound of Abandonment in BPD © A.J. Mahari- March 2007. We also live in an increasingly narcissistic world with proliferating cultural narcissism that also forms the landscape of considerable heartache and frustration in human interaction, individually and collectively.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is part of a wider continuum of narcissism – not the sum total of it all. Everything that has to do with narcissism is not indicative of NPD or mean that someone necessarily has NPD. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is part of a wider continuum of narcissism. It is not the only home of narcissism in human life or experience and is not merely limited to various defined abnormal personality structures found within humanity.
It is important for those with any personality disorder, and those who relate to them, care about them, or have been hurt by them, to understand that NPD is just one personality disorder with narcissistic features.
© A.J. Mahari 2007