Dr Chetna Kang, a consultant psychiatrist at Nightingale Hospital, was recently featured on The Wellbeing Lab, a podcast produced by Will Young. 

The Wellbeing Lab is a mental health and well-being-focused podcast. Experts are invited into the show to explore topics that often do not get much publicity. Precious episodes have explored everything from shopping addiction, body dysmorphia, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma, obsessive compulsive disorders, and more.

Its aim is “to create a safe, fun, curious, and understanding space, with the ultimate goal of helping listeners”.

Dr Kang was invited onto the podcast to discuss the broad topic of narcissism. During the episode, Dr Kang expanded on the spectrum of narcissistic traits, what to expect if you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, and how the disorder can be treated. 

“What you think of yourself almost equals what the world thinks of you. You could only have a pen in your pocket, but as long as the world thinks you’re a millionaire, you’re a millionaire,” said Dr Kang.

You can listen to the full episode below.

What is narcissism?

Narcissism is one of several types of personality disorders. People with narcissistic personality disorder usually have an inflated sense of their own importance. They usually experience a constant need for attention an admiration.

Due to this self-preoccupation, they will often have a lack of empathy or regard for others. This often results in troubled relationships, and usually facing problems in many aspects of their lives, including financial problems and issues with colleagues. 

Behind this behaviour is usually a very fragile sense of self-esteem, that takes criticism harshly.  

How is narcissistic personality disorder treated?

Treatment is available for those struggling with the condition, and can be effective. Narcissistic personality disorder is usually treated with talking therapies (psychotherapy and counselling).

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