Knowledge is Power: 4 Important NPD Statistics Survivors Need to Know

Written by Angela Atkinson

Did you know that understanding the nature of (not to mention the statistics about) narcissistic personality disorder can be really useful for you if you’re a survivor of narcissistic abuse in a relationship?

It’s true!

But why does knowing about NPD, narcissism and narcissistic abuse help in recovery?

Oh, you mean besides the fact that it can help to create better outcomes for you as a survivor?

Yes, I mean that literally – and that is, according to one study I read, “in addition to creating improved outcomes for those who are suffering with this mental health condition.”

How about that? So, in the spirit of creating added understanding, the following are important statistics about narcissistic personality disorder that may be helpful for you if you’re struggling with narcissistic abuse and gaslighting – and they will help you by teaching you to understand and identify the issue – that is, like I always say, the very first step to recovery.

  1. NPD is estimated to have affected 1% in the general population and 2-16% in clinical populations.
  2. A study was published in 2009 that suggests the incidence of NPD had more than doubled in the US in the prior 10 years, and that 1 in 16 of the population have experienced NPD.
  3. Anecdotal evidence suggests that narcissists may be common within the financial sector as they are “able to make quick, bold decisions without any thought for the consequences these might have on other people.” (Donald Trump, anyone?)
  4. Narcissistic personality disorder can be co-morbid with DSM Axis 1 major depressive disorders.

What new things have you learned about narcissists lately?

Share your knowledge and experiences in the comments below – or tell me what you need to learn about so I can cover it in an upcoming post!


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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