Narcissism vs. Self-Confidence

Narcissism vs. Self-Confidence

Many people throw around the term “narcissist” very casually, using it to describe an individual with high self-esteem rather than one who actually has narcissistic personality disorder. Below, we explain what narcissism is and how it differs from self-confidence.

What Is Narcissism?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by an excessive need to feel important and impress other people. Narcissistic individuals often:

  • Have an inflated sense of self-worth
  • Believe that they’re superior to others
  • Feel that they’re entitled to be treated in a special way
  • Fantasize about having success, power, beauty, and intelligence
  • Envy other people’s success
  • Exploit their friends and family members
  • Lack empathy
  • Act like snobs, treating others in a condescending manner

Interestingly, many people with narcissism internally doubt and criticize themselves, which can cause them to become preoccupied with being admired and knowing what others think about them.

How Narcissism Differs From Self-Confidence

It’s important to have a healthy sense of self-confidence, but when does that cross over into narcissism? Self-confident individuals reasonably believe in their own capabilities but also recognize that others have value, too. Narcissists, on the other hand, tend to excessively admire themselves and look at others with disdain.

Learn More About Narcissistic Personality Disorder

If you think you might be a narcissist—or if you have a loved one with narcissistic personality disorder—contact us today. We specialize in treating patients with narcissism, and we’d love the opportunity to help you overcome any struggles you might currently be experiencing.

Dr. Stefanie Mazer

My name is Dr. Mazer, a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern and Post Doctoral Psychology Resident. I help people through psychotherapy and psychoeducation recognize their strengths and identify growth edges where new insight and skills can be acquired. Whether you are struggling with your relationship with yourself or with those who matter the most to you, we will navigate the complexities of these dynamics to help you reach your therapy goals and the therapeutic outcomes you desire.

I am Gottman level 2 trained and use an integrative approach to couples therapy that is heavily influenced by Gottman research and methods. The Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach that helps couples improve their relationship by strengthening communication skills, learning practical skills to resolve conflicts in a mutually respectful way, and by increasing emotional intimacy and connection so that shared dreams, values, and goals can be realized and pursued.

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