(American Pyschiatric Association, 1994, PG. 661) Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy beginning early in adulthood and present in a variety of contexts. Indicated by 5 (or more) of the following:
"I am, as I said, my own worst nightmare. True, the world is replete with my contributions, and I am lots of fun to be around. And true, most contributions like mine are not the result of troubled souls. But many more than you might want to believe are. And if by chance you get caught in my web, I can make your life a living hell. But remember this. I am in that web too. The difference between you and me is that you can get out."
Ken Heilbrunn, M.D.