I created my own little assessment tool to help me discern, beyond the DSM-5 criteria, if what I'm dealing with is truly NPD or something that just looks like it. Now I'm sharing my secret assessment tool with you! Understanding the difference between True and False NPD will clear up several questions about narcissism, including:
Toxic people are the worst! We want to avoid them as much as possible, but more importantly, we want to avoid *becoming* them. We are all Poisonous People: every single one of us. Recognizing our own flaws is the only way we can grow as individuals.