Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the DSM V
The DSM V re-defines personality disorders thus:
According to the June 2011 text of the DSM V, the following criteria must be metto diagnose Narcissistic Personality Disorder (in parentheses my comments):
Significant impairments in
in either identity, or self-direction (should be: in both.)
The narcissist keeps referring to others excessively in order to regulate his self-esteem (really, sense of self-worth) and for "self-definition" (to define his identity.)His self-appraisal is exaggerated, whether it is inflated, deflated, or fluctuatingbetween these two poles and his emotional regulation reflects these vacillations.
(Finally, the DSM V accepted what I have been saying for decades: that narcissistscan have an "inferiority complex" and feel worthless and bad; that they go throughcycles of ups and downs in their self-evaluation; and that this cycling influences
incommensurate with his real-life performance.)