Here's a new video walk-through all about the criteria for NPD. Follow along and see how you do. Stick around for a quick bonus question at the end of the video.

For more DSM-focused practice, try our DSM Booster, available here. Happy studying and good luck on the exam!

Wikipedia will walk you through the whole NPD package in the old-fashioned, text-based way here.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) describes NPD as possessing at least five of the following nine criteria.[2]

A grandiose sense of self-importance

Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

Believing that they are "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

Requiring excessive admiration

A sense of entitlement (unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with their expectations)

Being interpersonally exploitative (taking advantage of others to achieve their own ends)

Lacking empathy (unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others)

Often being envious of others or believing that others are envious of them

Showing arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Just about every movie bad guy--and every real-life bad guy (a least the public figure-types)--meet NPD criteria. Which has horrible consequences, but makes the disorder easier to identify when it comes to the exam!

Happy studying and good luck!

June 4, 2019
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