Understanding the Nuances of Narcissism Subtypes

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Apart from the traditional definition of narcissism, there also exists several subtypes of narcissism which you may or may not be familiar with. Narcissism is a fairly generic term for a concept originally formed by Freud. It’s important to look closer at the disorder in order to better understand the nuances of each subtype. Below we outline a brief introduction to some of the more common subtypes.

Different Types of Narcissism

Aggressive narcissism, is defined by the exhibition of delusions of grandeur, inflated sense of self-worth, and lack of remorse and empathy. Often times relying on an artificially created charm, they have no qualms about manipulating others.

Group narcissism is highlighted by an individuals larger than normal appreciation or love of his or her own social group. When found throughout individuals of a particular group, the group as a whole can exhibit aspects of narcissism normally attributed to individuals. This can happen at cultural, ethnic, or social levels.

Conversational narcissism, is the hallmark of an individual who is often lead to talk about themselves in conversations and finds pleasure in doing so. Originally identified by Charles Derber.

Malignant narcissism is a hybrid of classical narcissistic personality disorder and classic antisocial disorder. They often seek to assert control over others, have a disdain for authority, and find pleasure in gaining the fear and admiration of others.

The individual who is relentless seeking social advantage and busies himself with status seeking behavior can be described as having phallic narcissism, first outlined by Wilhelm Reich. Identified by recklessness, self-assured and vanity, they are often overcompensating.

Sexual narcissism is classified as individuals who have specifically generous account of their own sexual abilities and prowess. They regularly seek sexual exploits which display a dysfunctional sense of intimacy without the regard for the feelings of others. This type of narcissism can often lead to cases of domestic abuse.