There is a difference between a narcissistic personality disorder and a plain self-centered person. Let's check the facts.
Let's get one thing straight before we go any further: there is absolutely nothing wrong with being ok with who you are, with feeling comfortable with your own skin and recognizing it. But where's the line?
What is a narcissist?
Some people use the term quite loosely either to refer to a self-centered person or to someone who suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). And there are a lot of differences between the two. NPD means that a person has an inflated sense of self at the same time they show zero empathy towards others. A self-centered person is, well, someone who can recognize the good things about them, but that is not necessarily mean to others — and this is exactly what we are going to discuss here.
What does science say?
Dr. Papageorgiou of the School of Psychology at Queens, NY, explains that there are two extremes to narcissistic personalities: vulnerable and grandiose. Those on the grandiose end tend to elevate themselves, while the ones that are on the vulnerable side appear to be more affected by the behavior of others.
Several studies have concluded that there is a close relation between grandiose narcissism and mental toughness. These personalities tend to be confident and goal-oriented.
This discovery, while really controversial, it helps us move forward and understand that things are rarely all "good" or "bad." Dr. Papageorgiou believes that this kind of research will help us understand mental and behavioral patterns that will ultimately help treatment development, as it makes it easier to identify the positive aspects of a disorder.