Narcissistic malignancy is largely about empathy deficiency and grandiosity. Folks who don’t care and feel superior will wantonly use and abuse.
Narcissistic characters run the gamut, from relatively benign “amorous,” “charming,” types to heartless and predatory types.
It’s harder than ever to adequately define personality and character-related pathology because the spectrum of dysfuntion has become so broad, varied, and normalized.
Personality disorders are harder to define these days because behaviors once considered outside the norm are the new norm.
Character integrity is the degree to which we commit ourselves to important principles and upright conduct.
Sadistic aggressors are archetypal bullies who can’t love and revel in the lording of power and control over others.
Most aggressive personalities are also narcissistic. But not all narcissists are aggressor types. One example is the “amorous” type of narcissist.
Narcissism comes in many forms. And aggressive narcissists create the biggest relationship problems.
Words have power. So it behooves us to be mindful of them.
Narcissism, in its varied and often subtle forms, is so prevalent, it can go unnoticed. And we can even give it a pass or enable it. That is, of course, until the worst manifestations of it drag us to unbearable depths.