The Important Difference Between Normal Arrogance and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Lee LeFever of Common Craft offers an insightfully succinct animated explanation about the difference between normal arrogance and the more troubling Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which along with along with Psychopathy and Machiavellianism, comprises the Dark Triad of personality disorders.

First, we are all a little narcissistic, just like we are all a little selfish or vain. This form is normal and usually harmless. But there is a second, more extreme form that’s dangerous. In this case, narcissism is a personality disorder and individuals who are diagnosed with it are likely to behave in distressing ways that impact their relationships, work, school or financial affairs. …What is known about personality disorders is discouraging. The disorders are deeply ingrained in the individual and don’t often change over time or across situations. The causes are unknown. There is no known cure or proven medications for treatment. However, therapy may help some manage the disorder.