Are people born or made narcissistic? Is it generic? How can it be overcome?


Are people born or made narcissistic? Is it generic? How can it be overcome?

In: Biology

So in order: Both, yes, but not always, and it depends.

Narcissistic personality disorder is believed to have some combination of genetic and environmental factors. It is a chronic condition with no real cure.

Straight ass narcissists on the other hand, if it’s not actually NPD and just someone super stuck up, that can often be an environmental thing. The nurture part of Nature Vs. Nurture. A lot of that stuff is often learned behavior from parents or other role models, whether from being spoiled or something, or direct observation and such.

As far as that goes there can really be any number of causes and fixes as well. You can find tons of stories of people who because huge pains on the ass after coming into some major money or something. You can also find a number of stories of people like that who change after some kind of traumatic event for instance. It doesn’t ALWAYS or even frequently happen, but it can.

Licensed counselor. Personality disorders tend to be a little more made (nurture) than born (nurture). I specialize in personality disorders and have experience with treating narcissism (clinical, diagnosable). One of the shortcuts to getting some healing and movement for this disorder is to scrap your idea of why you want that person to change. They’re not going to be motivated in the same way you are… that doesn’t mean they cannot be motivated to be pro social or adapt to a relationship or be kind. It functions more as a maintenance issue than a cure, also. It is workable and likely will remain something to monitor and work on throughout their lives, like a chronic biomedical condition.