27 - Narcissistic Personality Disorder - His Majesty, The Baby

This week we take a look at Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and answer our own burning questions: What is it like interacting with someone with NPD? How can you tell the difference between traits and diagnosable NPD? What are the theories about how it develops? And of course, which politicians meet criteria and what are the ethics of labelling them as such?

As always, we wrap up with Things We Came Across – Amy chats about why healthy food tastes better if you've prepared it yourself and Hunter chuckles about scanning salmon. Join us next time for an interview with a psychologist using schema therapy with clients with NPD!

NPD background reading - Diagnosis, theories on development and interpersonal experiences:

Personality Disorders in Modern Life, 2nd Edn. Millon & colleagues
Clinician's Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders. Fox 

Alliance and the therapeutic relationship thanks to the work of Elsa Ronningstam and colleagues:

Alliance Building & NPD: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jclp.21898
Empathy & NPD: http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2014-04665-001
Recent research in NPD: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40473-016-0060-y
Self-esteem & emotion regulation in NPD: https://bpded.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40479-017-0054-8


Trump & NPD: https://www.statnews.com/2017/09/06/donald-trump-mental-illness-diagnosis/
Trump's bills: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/dec/29/donald-trump/has-donald-trump-signed-more-bills-anyone-no/ 
Kevin Rudd: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/grandiose-narcissist-the-secret-diagnosis-that-helped-bring-down-kevin-rudd-20130909-2tfum.html


Does self-prepared food taste better? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26690640
Scanning Salmon: https://www.wired.com/2009/09/fmrisalmon/
The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) is dead, but like Elvis, there will still be citings: https://www.jpsychores.com/article/S0022-3999(12)00093-1/abstract