PTypes Personality Types
PTypes A Correspondence of Psychiatric, Keirsey, and Enneagram Typologies Compensatory Narcissistic

Speculative diagnostic criteria for Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of self-inflation, pseudo-confidence, exhibitionism, and strivings for prestige, that compensates for feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem, as indicated by the following:

  1. pseudo-confidence compensating for an underlying condition of insecurity and feelings of helplessness
  2. pretentiousness; self-inflation
  3. exhibitionism in the pursuit of attention, recognition, and glory
  4. strivings for prestige to enhance self-esteem
  5. deceitfulness and manipulativeness in the service of maintaining feelings of superiority
  6. idealization in relationships
  7. fragmentation of the self: feelings of emptiness and deadness
  8. a proud, hubristic disposition
  9. hypochondriasis
  10. Substance abuse
  11. self-destructiveness

Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder corresponds to Annie Reich's "compensatory narcissism" and Theodore Millon's "Compensatory Narcissist".

Millon, Theodore, and Roger D. Davis. Disorders of Personality: DSM-IV and Beyond. 2nd ed. New York: Wiley, 1996. 411-12.

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