Narcissistic Abuse victims tend to unilaterally report when they first got involved with their abusers, they had no earthly idea what they were actually in for over the relationship’s course. People who are just waking up to the reality they are being abused currently or were abused by toxic friends, toxic family members, or abusive lovers in the past can jump-start their healing process by doing a little “armchair diagnosis” of their Abuser with regard to a forensic psychology of the past.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is an academic and professional themed work. Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the world-renowned “diagnostic criteria” manual listing symptoms and comprehensive lists of hallmark affectations offers a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. The manual was first published by psychology researchers back in 1952.
In an effort to help doctors and mental health care providers have a way to understand their patient’s symptoms as well as personality types in such a way that they (as a healthcare field) could learn to more readily assess, treat, and help everybody, psychiatrists and behavioral specialists have continued to add to and revise the manual year after year. The DSM5 (also known as the DSM, the DSM-5, and the DSM V) is, as of the time of this publication, the most current cross-culturally accepted mental health guidebook used by global mental healthcare practitioners.
Here’s a brief and factually accurate rundown of Cluster B personality types. The classification created in the DSM5 psychology manual used by mental health care workers and health practitioners globally groups roughly 12 percent of humans under the heading which includes Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD), and Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD).
The Mayo Clinic writes:
Cluster B personality disorders
Cluster B personality disorders are characterized by dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior. They include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. It’s not necessary to exhibit all the signs and symptoms listed for a disorder to be diagnosed.
Antisocial personality disorder
- Disregard for others’ needs or feelings
- Persistent lying, stealing, using aliases, conning others
- Recurring problems with the law
- Repeated violation of the rights of others
- Aggressive, often violent behavior
- Disregard for the safety of self or others
- Impulsive behavior
- Consistently irresponsible
- Lack of remorse for behavior
Borderline personality disorder
- Impulsive and risky behavior, such as having unsafe sex, gambling or binge eating
- Unstable or fragile self-image
- Unstable and intense relationships
- Up and down moods, often as a reaction to interpersonal stress
- Suicidal behavior or threats of self-injury
- Intense fear of being alone or abandoned
- Ongoing feelings of emptiness
- Frequent, intense displays of anger
- Stress-related paranoia that comes and goes
Histrionic personality disorder
- Constantly seeking attention
- Excessively emotional, dramatic or sexually provocative to gain attention
- Speaks dramatically with strong opinions, but few facts or details to back them up
- Easily influenced by others
- Shallow, rapidly changing emotions
- Excessive concern with physical appearance
- Thinks relationships with others are closer than they really are
Narcissistic personality disorder
- Belief that you’re special and more important than others
- Fantasies about power, success and attractiveness
- Failure to recognize others’ needs and feelings
- Exaggeration of achievements or talents
- Expectation of constant praise and admiration
- Unreasonable expectations of favors and advantages, often taking advantage of others
- Envy of others or belief that others envy you
People who have Cluster B personality types are the most likely to pathologically lie to and abuse others. They lie to police, court officials, judges, their boss, authority figures in general, their wives, husbands, best friends, closest family relatives, extended family, co-workers, perfect strangers, and even their own children.
But pathological lying is not their biggest crime. People with Cluster B personality types are known for dishing out a lifetime of abuse to their offspring including babies, toddlers, young children, middle school aged kids, high school-aged teenagers, young adults, and their own adult children.
As romantic partners, most will do or say whatever it takes to win the interest and affection of their targeted love interests. The more they have a secret loathing of a person they wish to conquer with regard to matters of the heart, the more like they are to engage in love bombing tactics from the start.
Look for microexpressions that fail to match either what they are saying after they’ve said it or a lack of appropriately timed emotional response to situational stimuli to root out even the most covert of Cluster B personalities. Common signs there is more going on beneath the carefully crafted facade of their exterior include looks of contempt, sneering, and the ASPD patented “sociopathic stare” on their faces.
Pay careful attention to how they respond when and if they should be supportive of another human being or showing signs of empathy for another. The more overtly narcissistic a person is, the more likely they are to aggressively smear campaign against people or groups they perceive to be something called “Narcissistic Rivals” — people they target for abuse for no other reason than spite or envy in an attempt to make themselves look and feel socially dominant, more powerful, or (in their own grandiose estimation of themselves) desirable.
Victims of Narcissistic Abuse after a single run in with a Cluster B stranger tend to develop PTSD as a result of the interaction, with flashbacks to abuse being reported commonly. However, those born to families with toxic parents or relatives who show Cluster B personality traits tend to fall prey to abusive personality types long after they have left their nuclear family or childhood home.
People who have been routinely abused or forced to witness ongoing trauma (such as children who are raised being forced to live with parents who actively abuse one another then alternate between violent arguments and sex-fueled periods of honeymoon) tend to develop a serious medical condition called C-PTSD over time. Conditioned Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a common condition in soldiers who are not Cluster B personality types by nature, hostages, people who have Stockholm Syndrome, and those who have been involved in long-term relationships with Cluster B romantic partners, toxic peer groups, or family members.