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The Psychology Query: Inagural Edition – Can a Narcissist Have Low Self Esteem

Natalie Open is a Ph.D. ter clinical psychology & author of 47 academic publications te the field. She specializes ter pediatric psychology.

I routinely receive a number of questions on other sites that I write for, some of which are unique and many which are repeated. I thought to perhaps take a pagina (or a letterteken) from Bill Nederland aka BillyBuc’s book (or letterteken from his mailbag and response them through a Hub or two. I can’t promise to be almost spil prolific spil BillyBuc, but let’s begin with one article and see just how far wij get. Please join mij for answers to questions about psychology te all its various forms and topics on Psychology Query, a fresh series that will emerge every so often spil questions and time dictates. (Hey Bill, would that be dictate for questions or dictates for time?) I also intend to include private reflections, presente case presentations of patients I have seen and book reviews to provide extra reading for those searching for more information or resources.

Hopefully, thesis answers to random questions will reaction something about a topic you have bot wanting to learn about. If not and you have other questions, feel free to list them te the comments section or message mij through HubPages and I will do my best to reaction you spil quickly spil possible te a future article. While originally I will not include any names (even very first names) or other identifying information, te future I may determine to address my reaction to you specifically using just a very first name. (Please indicate if you would choose I don’t use even your very first name when answering online). I will do my best to include relevant research to back my answers and when I am responding based on my opinion I will tell you so.

Albeit I don’t intend to create articles based on a central theme there may be times I determine to do so if something seems to be on a lotsbestemming of reader’s minds. Depending on the length of what I have to say te my response I may reaction a single question ter a postbode or I may include several shorter answers to be able to voorkant more topics when possible. For some strange reason, narcissism seems to be the topic of many questions I have bot asked recently. My initial posts will response several questions about Narcissism and Narcissist Personality Disorder. The very first of thesis will reaction a single questions so spil to have the space to include some significant background information. So let’s start there, shall wij?

Welcome to the Psychology Query. Come and sit a spell, won’t you?

A Word About My Vewpoint on Mental Health and Coping

Just a quick caveat before wij get embarked. Each of us has a way of explaining and viewing the world. This includes how wij view those with what are considered mental health disorders. I often see the world through a stress and coping objectief or a stress diathesis objectief spil well spil a Biopsychosocial objectief.

The last two are mouthfuls but to simplify them basically mean I look at the world of mental health ter terms of there being certain predispositions to what may be developed and what the person comes into voeling with ter their lifetime will determine what actually does develop. Ter other words, wij each are born with certain physiological predispositions to develop certain types of disorders. Think of thesis spil risk factors.

Some of thesis risk factors are genetic, temperamental and/or neurological te nature. For example, those who are born with the temperamental quality of having a high activity level may be predisposed to developing anxiety, a disorder that is characterized by a state of high arousal. Those born with a low activity level may be predisposed to developing depression a disorder characterized by a low arousal level. That doesn’t mean that either of thesis children will go on to develop either. (There is also an almost limitless number of extra factors that go into the development of either of thesis disorders but for explanation’s sake I am attempting to keep it ordinary).

A child raised without much stress who learns to cope with life’s difficulties adaptively, and who develops healthy thought patterns, may go through life without developing a serious problem with either of thesis disorders. A child however, who is never instructed to cope with life stress either directly or through modeling by significant adults ter the child’s life, is more likely to develop a disorder to which they are predisposed. Spil previously stated there are uncountable numbers of factors which go into whether an individual will actually develop a mental disorder or not.

I mention coping because learning to cope with both negative and positive life events is significant for establishing resiliency to the effects thesis events may have on the individual’s mental health. At the same time, coping is often, it seems to mij, the reason many disorders including many of the personality disorders develop ter the very first place. Narcissism is one of thesis.

Spil I explain te depth below, narcissism often develops spil a means of coping with low self-esteem spil the individual, for one reason or another, cannot cope with how they see themselves. Narcissism is one way a person can downright repress the awareness of their negative self-perceptions and make themselves feel like they are utterly worthy of admiration and attention due to their superiority. My perspective usually concentrates, at least ter part, ter how mental disorders may serve a coping function for the individual.

Disorders develop for a reason. While the reason or purpose may not be functional at present, it wasgoed functional at one time, permitting the person to somehow overeenkomst with something ter their life. When it comes to be viewed spil a disorder it is no longer adaptive and needs to be substituted with something that is adaptive. But for those of you who are budding therapist or already established spil mental health providers, it is significant to reminisce not to simply concentrate on getting rid of the disorder without very first having something else to waterput into place. If you can see the disorder spil it functions from a coping perspective, you don’t want to take away the persons primary coping mechanism before substituting it with something else the person can rely on.

I am explaining all this, ter an effort to help you understand what type of point of view I am likely to take, and see why I present a case, disorder or response the way that I do. I hope this helps you better comprehend the answers I provide. All of thesis questions could be answered differently. I reaction them based on my skill spil well spil a stress and coping perspective.

I now terugwedstrijd you to your regularly scheduled answers. On with the demonstrate.

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