There is no one single cause of narcissistic personality disorder, and it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic, environmental, and social factors. Some researchers believe that narcissistic personality disorder may be more likely to develop in people who have a high need for attention, who are excessively praised for their accomplishments, or who have parents who are overly involved in their lives and overvalue their achievements.
Other factors that may contribute to the development of narcissistic personality disorder include a history of childhood abuse or neglect, difficulty forming healthy relationships, and a lack of empathy. However, it is important to note that these are just some of the factors that may contribute to the development of narcissistic personality disorder, and that more research is needed to fully understand the cause of this condition.
You might be asking yourself, what creates a narcissist in the first place?
The 3 Biggest Traits That Develop A Narcissist
There is some evidence to suggest that narcissistic personality disorder may be more likely to develop in people who have experienced abuse or neglect during childhood. According to some theories, individuals who have experienced abuse or neglect may be more likely to develop narcissistic personality disorder as a way of coping with the feelings of low self-worth and vulnerability that can result from such experiences.
For example, a person who has been abused may develop a narcissistic persona as a way of protecting themselves from further harm and as a means of gaining a sense of power and control in their lives. It is important to note, however, that not all individuals who have experienced abuse or neglect will develop narcissistic personality disorder, and that there are many other factors that can contribute to the development of this condition.
A Narcissistic Parent Or Influence:
It is possible that children of narcissistic parents may be more likely to develop narcissistic personality traits. Narcissistic parents may be overbearing and controlling, and may be more focused on their own needs and desires than on the needs and feelings of their children. They may also be more likely to praise their children excessively or to be overly involved in their lives, which can create an unhealthy sense of entitlement and a belief that they are more special or deserving than others.
However, it is important to note that not all children of narcissistic parents will necessarily develop narcissistic personality disorder, and that there are many other factors that can contribute to the development of this condition. It is also worth noting that children of narcissistic parents may be at an increased risk of other mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
Conditional Love is ‘Normal’ To Them:
Conditional love is love that is based on certain conditions or behaviors being met. For example, a parent may express love for their child only if the child does well in school, behaves a certain way, or meets certain expectations. Similarly, a partner may express love for their partner only if they meet certain expectations or behave in a certain way.
In some cases, experiencing conditional love during childhood may contribute to the development of narcissistic personality traits. When love is conditional, it can create a sense of insecurity and a belief that one’s worth is tied to meeting certain expectations or conditions. This can lead individuals to become preoccupied with their own appearance, achievements, and status, in an effort to gain the approval and acceptance of others. Over time, this preoccupation with self and a need for attention and validation from others may become more pronounced, leading to the development of narcissistic personality traits.
It is important to note, however, that there are many other factors that can contribute to the development of narcissistic personality disorder, and that not all individuals who experience conditional love will necessarily develop this condition.
Many of these traits will develop in childhood and lead into adulthood. If a child is raised in an abusive home, only dishing out conditional love sparingly and the parent themselves are a narcissist, the likelihood of that child developing into a narcissist or narcissist personality disorder are very high. This is because their sense of normal does not know truth or true love. It is convoluted by the parameters or narcissistic behavior, which then shapes their perspectives on life, beliefs and ultimately their connection to love itself.
You may enjoy reading 5 Signs You Were Raised By A Narcissistic Parent And How To Stop it From Affecting You Today or This One Covert Parenting Trait Produces The Most Narcissistic Children. These articles will give you insight into the dynamic between a narcissistic parent and their child. You may relate and find that you were in fact raised by a narcissist. Which may make it difficult for you in your adult life to be in normal, healthy, adult relationships. If you find that this is the case there is always hope and always opportunities for healing. Don’t give up on yourself. There are many other humans just like you who didn’t let their past story become their ultimate destiny.
You may notice that these three traits above have one thing in common. They are all more likely to happen in childhood. This is why it is important to heal from childhood trauma as it can put us into a state or condition that can lead to further adult trauma if these child-like wounds still reside in us.