Remember that time your mom would not stop talking about her (brief) career as a dancer in front of your high school boyfriend? Or when your dad pressured you into joining the debate team and you absolutely hated it? Yeah, parents don’t always get it right. But what’s the difference between the usual embarrassing/annoying stuff that parents do and being raised by someone who is an actual narcissist?
According to the ICD-10, the diagnostic manual put out by the World Health Organization, a person must have at least five of the following symptoms in order to qualify as having Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD):
- A grandiose sense of self-importance
- A sense of entitlement
- Requires excessive admiration
- A lack of empathy
- Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of them
- Shows arrogance, haughty behaviors or attitudes
- Is interpersonally exploitative
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love
- Believes that they are “special” and unique
But what does all that mean when it comes to child rearing? Read on for 12 signs that you may have grown up with a narcissistic parent.