What do I look for so I can avoid becoming personally involved with someone who has NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)?
According to the DSM-5 Manual, a Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by overtly emotional and unpredictable behavior, a pattern of grandiosity, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Those with a diagnosis of NPD typically exhibit many of the following symptoms:
Exaggerate their achievements
Expectations to be recognized as superior
Need continual admiration from others
Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from others
Fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
A self-perception of being unique, superior, and associated with high-status people and institutions
Sense of entitlement to special treatment
Expect other to acquiesce to them or be obedient to their wishes
Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain
Unwilling to empathize with feelings, wishes, and needs of others
Intensely envious of others
Tend to believe that others equally envious of them