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Toxic Personalities In The Real World (Part 1)

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

Keep your power. Set up your fence lines. Recognize that there comes a time when you have to recognize that not everybody you lose is a loss. Know that it's not your job to fix them. - Dr. Phil McGraw

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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  • 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.


What type of narcissist influences your friends family that you are crazy when you try to break from them. Hardest decision I ever made was to divorce and leave this relationship and he successfully convinced 95% of who I believed was my support group that I was crazy and how he was so hurt by me and my actions…He was the victim…..still 20 years later and he continues to portray himself as the victim. Guess I still carry some guilt for my decision to leave and how it affected my children.l. Never fought to change those perspectives that he swayed… just not worth the energy and didn’t feel the need to defend myself to people who so easily backed away…


I've always wondered how Dr Phil convinces toxic people to go onto his show. It amazes me that the person would agree to be challenged on a massive media forum. I have a family member who clearly has mental health issues - being in a fierce rage 90% of her life. She explodes if anyone dares hold a mirror to her or even stands up to her. As a result she has absolutely no insight into how she hurts others. There's absolutely no way she'd admit she has a rage problem let alone discuss it with ANYONE... I recognise her in so many of Dr Phil's guests but they can't be all that bad if they acknowledge they're behaviour's problematic.


Henrietta Dudás
Henrietta Dudás
Jan 06, 2022

As I was listening thru this podcast I kept wondering why do I attract these people? I know that Dr. Phil mentioned something about being too healthy is what makes you so ungarded against narcs, but I am someone with BPD, I was raised by 2 narc parent so I'm anything but too healthy, yet I am unable to spot the signs in time. I had a fiance who was narcissistic, many love interests and a lot of friends. It always ends the same, but somehow never seams to change the fact that I end up with them. Is it that I'm looking for some kind of pattern or what?


This podcast of Dr. Phil's regarding the typical behavioural pattern of the narcissistic personality confirmed for me the people I encountered in my life who more likely than not suffer from this disorder. Sooner or later, they do indeed gaslight. What I wonder about is why when they are either confronted about their inappropriate behaviour or when they realize that another is onto them, they do this, but also, why if there are other people within their group, the others will tend to side with the narcissist over the one that was gaslighted. I suppose they percieve the narcissist as their leader, or, they do this to avoid also being gaslighted by the narcissist. In other words, the submit themselves.…


This Podcast of Dr. Phil's where he describes the narcissistic personality type's typical behavioral pattern affirms for me who are the people I encountered in my life that most likelly are narcissists. I am reminded of one incident with a coworker. When Dr. Phil mentions that they will gaslight, they do. Yet, what I don't understand is why so many people will tend to side with them. I will continue to listen to Dr. Phil's podcasts in the hope that at some point he will mention regarding this phenomenon. It appears to me to be like the narcissist will gaslight the one who either confronts them or who is onto their game, while the rest of a group's members will…

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