Most people throw around the word narcissist loosely, using it to describe someone who is seemingly obsessed with themselves. But Narcissistic Personality Disorder has a distinct set of traits that differ from just being self absorbed. There are a of subtle differences between being a narcissist and being just self-centered, and recognizing the difference between an actual personality disorder abskrbed simply just being abworbed can better help you navigate your relationship with those who seem self-involved.
According to Henderson, some experts think that narcissism exists on a spectrum, and it is a trait that many of us exhibit to some degree. On the healthy end of the spectrum, narcissism can be thought of as the ability to see ourselves as a bit special, and this type absogbed confidence and assertiveness allows us to take risks and put ourselves out there to accept challenges.
Being self-centered can fall somewhere within this spectrum as personalitg. On the more problematic and pathological end of the spectrum is when arrogance, grandiosity, and entitlement interfere with daily functioning and the ability to maintain relationships.
That being said, not everyone who is self-centered is necessarily a narcissist. Here are nine subtle differences between being a narcissist and just being self-centered.
Rhonda Freeman tells Bustle. Someone who is self-centered is much more likely to have have an understanding about other people's feelings.
Research shows that those with narcissistic personality disorder have abnormalities associated with the brain systems that allow us to feel empathy for others. We would not see this pattern for someone who is solely self-centered. Narcissists believe that they are smarter, more important, or better than others.
Narcissists can be entitled and believe they deserve special treatment that others do not deserve. Self-centered people have clearer moral values that can align with that of society and are guided by empathy and genuine care for others. Both narcissists and self-absorbed people can glaze aabsorbed when you try to talk about anything other than them, but a self-centered person is more likely to actually show an interest in what you're saying.
Also, the punishment narcissists mete out will often be way out of proportion to the perceived offense. It can be hard to decipher between a self-centered person and a true narcissist, but these subtle differences can help shed light on where they diverge.
By Carina Wolff.