Affectivity

Narcissistic individuals feel bored when the external glitter wears off and there are no new sources to feed their self-esteem, which is extremely fragile. Lacking emotional depth, they do not have genuine feelings of sadness or longing. Anger and resentment laden with vengeful wishes are frequent as a reaction to injured self-esteem. Chronic intense envy is present, as are defences against such envy, particularly devaluation, omnipotent control, and narcissistic withdrawal. They have frequent mood swings, and hypomanic exaltation is often part of the clinical picture.

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