Many referrals to narcissism define it as the inability to love, lack of empathy. This may describe some people you know, but what about when you place the word pathological in front of it and this now becomes a personality disorder. Imagine a life where you can’t feel love and your whole being is based on admiration of others, never being satisfied, and envious of all. This articles delves into some examples and cases from research done by two different psychologist and their experience with pathological narcissism.
- Kernberg and Kohut are known as the “fathers” of narcissism.
- Pathological is usually another word for personality disorder.
- The clinical definition is a DSM Axis II personality disorder whereas pathological narcissism is more an observation.
“The bottom line is that a narcissist is completely incapable of love and void of empathy.”