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Mania - Egomania
Part 1 of 3
Friday, 24th October 2008 (originally broadcast on Channel 4 on the 5th February, 2007)
23:40 to 00:45 (50 mins)
Everyone thinks they know an egomaniac, don't they? You might pin the label on an unbelievably arrogant friend or a tyrannical boss. But to be a true egomaniac – that is, to be diagnosed with what psychiatrists call Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) – one must show at least five of a number of different characteristics including: a grandiose sense of self-importance; preoccupation with success and power; arrogance; Need for excessive admiration; a sense of entitlement; exploitative; lack of empathy; a belief of being unique and feeling of envy towards others.
Where might you find an egomaniac? Well it won't be doing charity work... They have no regard for other people and resent any weakness or vulnerability in others. They feel no need to take responsibility for their actions and won't accept being challenged or criticised. The ultimate egomaniac is the cult leader. They get to be at the centre of a group of adoring followers, giving them the god-like status they think they deserve.
It's thought there are around six million people across the world with NPD. There could be many more, but it's difficult to diagnose. Most people affected won't present their symptoms to the doctor; they simply don't believe there's anything wrong with them, rather that other people are the cause of any problems.
Someone's personality is part of their psychological make up and impossible to change, making personality disorders like NPD difficult to treat. What therapists can do is help to control the traits of NPD and concentrate on changing behaviour. It can take years of therapy to make a difference.
Health Warning: This was picked up on spec as a late night repeat on More4. To be honest I'm not absolutely convinced that the other two epsiodes in the series - Pyromania and Erotomania - are going to be repeated on the channel in the sense of it being proper series. Nonetheless I shall keep my eye on the schedules just in case.
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