I Think My Friend Has Narcissistic Personality Disorder
I think one of my friends has a narcissistic personality. I have known him for over a year and he has often struck me with his "peculiar" reactions to events and to my own behavior, to the point that I began wondering if I was normal. Fortunately, my other friends confirmed that they would feel the same as me, if they were in my shoes. I tried telling him how much I was feeling let down by him but all I got was "calm down for your own sake". So I decided to end our friendship.
I then came across an article on narcissistic personality disorder and now most of his reactions make sense. He was hypersensitive to criticism, a perfectionist (which he showed with unconcealed pride) and always constantly telling me about his achievements. The thing is, I now feel a bit sorry for him and wonder whether I should try helping him. I am aware I will get nothing out of it (my other friends say I am playing the good nun!); but no longer being his friend will teach him nothing and only add to his problems. What I would like to know is, how can I best help and support him. Thank you for your help.