When does the self-centered, self-absorbed person qualify as a clinically defined narcissistic personality? Can a narcissist be “cured”? How do you live with one? Can psychotherapy actually change a narcissist into a caring and compassionate person?
Dick’s guests, Dr. Jim McGloin and Lesa Fischer, have 50 years combined experience in working with personality disordered patients, including narcissists. Dr. McGloin says that although only one percent of the population has narcissistic personality disorder, “there are many features of narcissism that many people have.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Fischer cites the nine criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used to assess whether one has the disorder. Examples include grandiose sense of self and difficulty demonstrating a sense of empathy.