The term “narcissist” is used commonly in society to describe someone who is self-centered or self-absorbed. However, the DSM-5 requires much more extreme behaviors for someone to be diagnosed as having narcissistic personality disorder. See the list of criteria for this diagnosis (p. 669) and also review the “Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders” (pp. 761 to 781). Personality disorders develop throughout the lifespan. Most social networking sites are based on individuals sharing information about themselves with very few limitations. Consider if these individuals are just participating in a cultural way of relating, or are they presenting behaviors of a narcissistic personality disorder?
For this Discussion, read the Buffardi and Campbell (2008) article (attached). Then review the DSM-5 on the traditional Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders to compare the models.
Post an analysis of your view on this topic using both types of DSM-5 personality criteria. Are individuals who use social networking sites displaying traits of narcissism? Is this a developmental stage in the lifespan?
Remember, this is not a place for personal opinion; this is a forum for professional, clinical discussion. Support your argument with evidence-based information (DSM-5, research) and other professional articles that you may find. Include examples of social networking websites. Remember you are to articulate your thoughts as a professional clinician.
Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.
References (use 3 or more)
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
“Personality Disorders” (pp. 645–684)
“Alternative DSM-5 Model for Personality Disorders” (pp. 761–782)
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Buffardi, L. E., & Campbell, W. K. (2008). Narcissism and social networking web sites. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1303–1314.