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Support Groups for Victims of Narcissism

Support groups for victims of Narcissism.

Many people have traits of narcissism, but there are some who have full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder and victims of the abuse these types of people inflict can have long-term devastating effects. Before jumping to the support groups in this article, it would be helpful to read through and see if the person you are describing as a Narcissist actually fits the psychiatric criteria for a diagnosis. This is because it is easy to call someone a Narcissist when they actually may just have one or two traits of the disorder.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those with this mental disorder have an inflated sense of their own importance and an obsession with having people admire them. They believe that they are better than everyone else and have no empathy for others. They are extremely vulnerable to the slightest criticism. If you believe that you have been a victim of Narcissistic abuse, then browse through the following symptoms to see if they match up:

Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder include:

  • The belief that they are better than others
  • Fantasies about power, money, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating talents or achievements
  • Demanding constant praise and admiration
  • The belief that they are special
  • Lack of empathy
  • Expectations of everyone going along with their ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Showing extreme disgust for those they feel are inferior
  • Extreme jealousy
  • The belief that others are jealous of them
  • Lack of healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals for themselves and others
  • Feelings of rejection and hurt over slight occurrences
  • Fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing to be unemotional

For those that are or have been victims of Narcissism, there are online support groups that can help you understand, heal and move on:

The Path Back to Self: Recovery from Narcissistic Abuse

Narcissism Abuse Recovery: Narcissism Support Group and Healing Forum

Psychopath and Narcissistic Survivors Support Group

Runboard: Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

If you have been a victim of Narcissism, there are others who have been where you are. Reach out to the above support groups and begin the healing process. Connecting with others who have been in similar relationships can be a tremendous help to you.

Sources:

Mayo Clinic: Narcissistic Personality Disorder, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder/DS00652/DSECTION=symptoms

The Path Back to Self: Recovery from Narcissistic Abuse, www.narcissismfree.com/narcissistic-abuse-support.php

Narcissism Abuse Recovery: Narcissism Support Group and Healing Forum, www.narcissism-abuse-recovery.com/narcissism-support-group.html

Psychopath and Narcissistic Survivors Support Group, thepsychopath.freeforums.org/

Runboard: Narcissistic Abuse Recover, http://bnarcissisticabuserecovery.runboard.com/

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Comments (6)

Well done, Taylor.

excellent contribution. I guess these types of people are rare in my environment. no votes but will tweet

Thanks Lyz and Sandy!

Excellent work.

An important article, and very interesting to read through the list of narcissistic traits. These types of people need help, but unfortunately are the most unlikely to seek it. My life was once profoundly affected by a true narcissist, and I was too young and naive to avoid the collateral damage.

Thanks, Sharla - I also dealt with a true narcissist and I didn't realize it until many years later when I started researching the topic - wish I knew then what I know now!

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