In many cases, people with narcissistic personality disorder:
- Are self-centered and boastful.
- Seek constant attention and admiration.
- Consider themselves better than others.
- Exaggerate their talents and achievements.
- Believe that they are entitled to special treatment.
- Are easily hurt but may not show it.
- Set unrealistic goals.
- May take advantage of others to achieve their goals.
Other common traits of narcissistic personality disorder include the following:
- Preoccupation with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power, intelligence, beauty, or love.
- Belief that he or she is "special" and unique, and can only be understood by other special people.
- Expectation that others will automatically go along with what he or she wants.
- Inability to recognize or identify with the feelings, needs, and viewpoints of others.
- Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her.
- Hypersensitivity to insults (real or imagined), criticism, or defeat, possibly reacting with rage, shame and humiliation.
- Arrogant behavior and/or attitude.