Toxic Personalities In The Real World (Part 1)

Updated: Nov 23



Are you living with a Narcissist? Find out all about Narcissistic Personality Disorder on Dr. Phil’s new mental health podcast series, “Phil in the Blanks: Toxic Personalities in the Real World.” Listeners will learn about Narcissistic Personality Disorder; how to recognize it, establish boundaries, and how to co-exist with those in your life who may have it with tools and guidelines that can help minimize damage to oneself and loved ones. Then, stay tuned for additional episodes when Dr. Phil addresses other types of Cluster B personalities, like Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Personality Disorder, and more!


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Dr. Phil Defines Narcissistic Personality Disorder


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Types of Personality Disorders Source: DSM-5

Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

  • Grandiose sense of self-importance

  • Preoccupied with fantasies

  • Belief of being “special” and unique

  • Requires excessive admiration

  • Sense of entitlement

  • Interpersonally exploitative

  • Lacks empathy

  • Envious of others or believes others are envious

  • Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes


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Treatment

  • Certain types of psychotherapy are effective for treating personality disorders.

  • Will depend on the specific personality disorder, how severe it is, and the individual’s circumstances.

Commonly used types of psychotherapy include:

  • Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapy

  • Dialectical behavior therapy

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Psychoeducation (teaching the individual and family members about the illness, treatment and ways of coping)

  • No medications specifically to treat personality disorders

  • Medication, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication or mood stabilizing medication

Self-care and coping strategies:

  • Learn about the condition. Knowledge and understanding can help empower and motivate

  • Get active

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol

  • Get routine medical care

  • Join a support group

  • Write in a journal to express your emotions

  • Try relaxation and stress management techniques

  • Stay connected with family and friends

  • Having a family member with a personality disorder can also be distressing and stressful.

  • Family members may benefit from talking with a mental health provider who can provide help coping with difficulties.











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