By Zion Loo
Narcissists are typically believed to be people who are insufferably full of themselves, but there’s more to the story than just that. The entire life of someone truly diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and everything they do is a desperate attempt to fill the emptiness within themselves, seeking attention in an attempt to do so. NPD effects between 0.5 and 1 percent of the population. What sets a proud person apart from a narcissist is that narcissists lack empathy for others, and have a hard time understanding other people’s emotions. Most of the way they act is a facade to cover up their complete lack of a sense of self. That said, there are several different types of narcissists.
The two types of narcissists that are the easiest to spot are the Grandiose Narcissist: the classic obviously egotistical type, with a clear sense of entitlement, and the Malignant Narcissist, who is everything the former is, but with an additional criminal mindset, often found doing bad things such as thievery or cheating on their partner without feeling much remorse.
On the other hand, the other types of narcissists may be harder to identify. The Covert Narcissist may not seem like a narcissist at all on the surface, in fact they may appear to be the exact opposite because they are always sulking, but in reality, they do in fact have complete confidence in themselves, no doubt about it. They are gloomy that their greatness cannot be truly recognized or appreciated in their time or surroundings. The last type is the Communal Narcissist, always doing great, kind things like donating to charity and feeding the homeless, never ceasing to update every single social media platform with infinite posts about these great deeds, constantly seeking validation.
At first, narcissists may easily come across as charming and alluring, but a relationship with one can be very toxic as their true colors, or lack of colors rather, will show, with a complete lack of empathy or compassion.