Toxic Relationship Recovery FAQ: What Causes Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Written by Angela Atkinson

“Narcissus weeps to find that his Image does not return his love.” ~ Mason Cooley

What causes narcissistic personality disorder?

Though there is no single known cause for narcissistic personality disorder, there are several factors that may be associated with the development of the recognized disorder, according to my research.

It’s all about loss, in some way or another – sort of – whether it’s a loss of a “normal” experience or a loss of the ability to become self-sufficient in one way or another. For example, researchers say the following circumstances could increase the chances of narcissistic personality disorder developing during a person’s lifetime.

  1.  Severe emotional abuse in childhood
  2. Unpredictable or negligible neglect by caregivers in childhood
  3. Excessive pampering or praise in childhood
  4. Excessive criticism for poor behaviors in childhood
  5. An oversensitive temperament at birth.
  6. Genetic abnormalities impacting psychobiology (the connection between brain and behavior)

Do you think you know someone with narcissistic personality disorder? Check out the top 10 warning signs that you’re being gaslighted, or learn more about NPD.

You might also want to check out my Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Resource Center, packed with free options for self-treatment and coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse in relationships.

Know or love a narcissist? Share your experiences in the comments section, and if you haven’t already, please fill out my narcissism in relationships survey, right here.

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