Statement: Narcissism can result in lack of social contact because of a person’s inability to value anything around them apart from themselves.
Narcissism can be described as a personality disorder in which a person feels an extremely high sense of self-importance. A narcissistic person believes that he is unique and special in every way possible and therefore thinks that he is better than everyone. He may also demand that is he is eligible for grabbing opportunities to get more fame and appreciation. This way of thinking allows the narcissist to believe that no one deserves the spotlight as much as him. He is convinced that he is special and assumes that everyone must give attention to him once in a while. He is under the impression that he must be treated in an extraordinary manner by everyone around him.
Since these egoistic individuals apparently stand out in the limelight, people usually get fascinated by them. People wish to enjoy their company and shine with them. Sadly, narcissists seem like the perfect companions in the short run but, their true personality begins to reveal as the time unfolds. These people can’t love or empathize therefore rarely have any friends. As a result, narcissists become socially isolated because of their inability to value anything around them apart from themselves. Social isolation can lead to depression, leaving narcissists vulnerable to developing suicidal thoughts in the longer run.
Narcissism is a mental disorder that slowly develops in due course through the involvement of environmental and biological factors. Research reveals that narcissism is genetic in nature. It is believed that children who have egotistic parents will probably develop Narcissism, making it a heritable and inherent character trait. Life scientists have also established a correlation between personality disorders and certain differences in genes. A study revealed that a particular gene called as tryptophan hydroxylase-2 could be linked to the development of certain mental disorders such as narcissistic personality disorder. This gene is responsible for regulating the levels of serotonin that is a vital brain substance connected with mood changes.
The society we live in today is gradually turning into narcissistic society. Media has contributed to spreading narcissism to a great extent. The social networks that we use at home have a bigger role in this rather than the online social media. Narcissism may be stimulated during preschool years and can develop as the time progresses. Parent-child associations including diverse parenting styles are the core of the advancement of Narcissism. Apparently, narcissism can develop due to parental rejection. In addition, narcissism can be attributed to the lack of compassion of parents and inconsistencies with their child. Because of this the child starts seeking attention from others that he is presumably not getting from his parents. This behavior may go to the extent that the child starts promoting himself through his self-assumed ability to gain positive remarks from others which he couldn’t get from his parents. Meaningless appreciation makes the child feel entitled even though he lacks the capability required to feel confident about them. This makes the child believe that he can trust no one but himself. Conversely, vanity may develop from parental leniency. A child could develop baseless self-appreciation if his parents laud him with inappropriate positive comments and start viewing himself as a powerful person. Research has shown that children feel emptier and more insecure when they are appreciated for talents they haven’t acquired. In the meantime, appreciating children for genuine achievements help develop real self-esteem.
Narcissists assume that they have a natural flair for influencing people and everyone is interested in listening to their stories. Most narcissists need excessive admiration and feel as if everything and everyone lives to serve them. They never feel happy until they achieve what they believe they deserve. The narcissist identifies himself as a human being and other people as 3D creatures in the background. Narcissists value themselves more than others. They like to be surrounded by friends where they overestimate them, use them, and then eventually underestimate them. Transparency and intimacy are integral elements of genuine friendship that narcissists are absolutely incapable of. Narcissists look forward to special attention from others and get angry if they don’t get what they want.
Since narcissists are charismatic and have high self-worth, non-narcissistic people easily get drawn to them and want to become a part of their social circle. An egotistical person may have many friends in the beginning but in the long run, they would get bored with his countless self-centered conversations. People realize that narcissists only bother about themselves and cannot genuinely care for other people and ultimately, they want to run away from their overpowering personalities. Even though people are infatuated with narcissists at the first sight but once they get familiar with them, they understand that they are, in fact, quite intolerable. Their self-confidence turns into arrogance; charisma becomes absurdity; smartness turns to egocentricity. They will talk continuously about themselves, and ignore others. These individuals have trouble teaming up others as they can’t accept negative feedback and criticism.
Narcissists are likely to end up with a very few friends in the long run since narcissism makes them believe that they are superior, making it difficult for them to care for others genuinely. A narcissist thinks that he is “special” and there is no one like him. He experiences an extremely high sense of self-importance. He is pompous, egocentric, and vain all at once. With these characteristics, narcissists cannot love or empathize with others. A narcissist has no interest in other people at all, he only wants their attention. He just thinks about his personal benefit, not caring for the feelings and problems of people around him. Since an egoistic person can’t value the things around him, he will constantly face rejections and similar circumstances in the future. A few incidents of rejection can result in depression and social isolation and they might even develop suicidal thoughts as a result of this.