The 5 types of self aware narcissists.


1. Those who enjoy the benefits of their narcissism and would never darken the door of a therapist’s office. (These would almost always be the grandiose, overt, or psychopathic type).

2. Those who are ambivalent about their disorder and don’t think the benefits of healing would outweigh the emotional pain or think it would probably fail anyway.

3. Those who hate their disorder but think they can’t be healed.

4. Those who hate their disorder and are willing to do the hard emotional work necessary for healing.

5. Those who hate their disorder and don’t believe they can be healed but instead have learned to filter their words and deeds using practical or behavioral means such as CBT.

Sadly, the vast majority of people with NPD never become self aware (blindness to their condition being part of this disorder). They’re much quicker to gaslight and project their own narcissism onto others than admit they have a problem.

ETA: Someone at Psychforums suggested a 6th type: narcissists who know but just don’t care one way or the other. It just is; they’re neither proud of it or disturbed by it.


3 thoughts on “The 5 types of self aware narcissists.

  1. Good stuff but scary. I guess the I-dont-need-fixing kind are probably a thousand times more abundant than the few who can admit they are broken (types 3,4,and 5). What do you think?

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    1. I’m not sure. Over at Psychforums., you have a bunch of self aware narcissists who don’t like their disorder. Out in the world, it’s hard to say, since so many people you’d never suspect are Ns.
      I know the ones in my family sure as heck aren’t self aware and probably never will be.
      I think the higher you are on the spectrum, the less likely you are to become self aware (we are talking about malignant narcissists here), and even if you are self aware, you’re more likely to have no problems with your narcissism. I think some high spectrum narcs know exactly what they do, and just don’t care.

      There’s actually a 6th type–those who know they are narcissists and simply don’t care one way or the other.

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