To tell you the truth didn’t know Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) was a real thing. Once I have found out, I notice there is a bit of a confusion between Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. So let’s get to the nitty gritty of the differences. I have already broken down what Borderline Personality Disorder is on, Let’s Talk About BPD. So let’s skip that and go straight to Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
NPD is closely associated with egocentrism, a personality characteristic in which people see themselves and their interests and opinions as the only ones that really matter. People with NPD have limited interest in the feelings of others. They lack empathy and are unable to feel or appreciate feelings that are not their own. It’s an unusual love of self, an excessive sense of importance and superiority. Here are some signs to indicate if someone has NPD.
- Lack of empathy for others
- Bragging about their superior traits and accomplishments
- Insulting others or otherwise making themselves look better at the expense of others
- Flattering or criticizing—depending on whether others flatter or criticize in return
- Sensitivity in the face of criticism or even potential criticism
- Dominating interactions and relationships
- Aloof and distant in relationships
- Needing attention and flattery
- Fantasizing about power, fame, and wealth
- Envy, resentment, and revenge
- Difficulty adapting to change
Now, I know what you might think? “Why is there a confusion between the the personality disorders?” Well, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder both lack of concern for how their behavior impacts others. Both have the tendency to believe the world revolves around them and needs constant attention. Both have fear of abandonment. BPD and NPD people has a constant struggle with work, family, and social relationships. Also, they display overly emotional, erratic, or self-dramatizing behaviors. Now you see what there might be a mix up between the two?
**Wind passes through my super hero cape as I stand there like Wonder Woman** Never fear! Only Michy is here! I will break this down for ya. People with NPD think they are “special” and that they can only be understood by other special or high-status people, while people with BPD feel misunderstood and mistreated. People with NPD expect others’ lives to revolve around them, while those with BPD will devote their lives to another person. People with BPD will frantically try to avoid what they consider to be abandonment, while narcissists are more likely to do the abandoning.
I know my previous entry gives insight on BPD and some of you may think you have it. Some of you that are reading this entry may think, “Well maybe I have NPD instead of BPD” I get it. I have been diagnose with BPD, but I will admit, as I was typing this I think I may have NPD. However, knowing the differences between the two make me confirm that I do have BPD. Maybe that method will help you out. If that still doesn’t help, it’s plan and simple. Go see a specialist about it. If you don’t know how, read my entry Therapy Rookie. Not only you can get a proper diagnosis, but also ways to treat it.
Hope this article helped out. I left a video below to clarify it more so. I know it’s tough having a personality disorder, but remember you are not alone and there are people out here that cares about you. Always reach out and remember to take it one day at a time.