Describe a Character That Has a Personality Disorder

Brittaney Staton 
September 13, 2013
Personality Disorder Paper
Narcissistic personality disorder is one of the ten personality disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Those identified as having this disordered personality, meet at least five of nine criteria listed in the DSM. These nine criteria are a grandiose sense of self importance, preoccupation with unlimited success, strong beliefs in their own uniqueness, a need of excessive admiration, a strong sense of entitlement, they are interpersonally exploitative, lack empathy for others; are envious of others or believe that others are envious of them; and they may display arrogant attitudes and behaviors. In “Personality Disorders in Modern Life,” Millon lists four variants of the narcissistic personality disorder: each having unique characteristics. The unprincipled narcissist is characterized as having a deficient conscience. They tend to be unscrupulous, amoral, disloyal, fraudulent, deceptive, and vindictive. The elitist narcissist feels privileged and empowered because of a special childhood status or pseudo achievements. They seek a favored and good life; are upwardly mobile; and cultivate special status and advantages by association. The compensatory narcissist seeks to eradicate deep feelings of inferiority and low of self-esteem; offsets deficits by creating illusions of superiority and their self-worth results from self-enhancement. Lastly, the amorous narcissist is sexually seductive; disinclines real intimacy; indulges hedonistic desires; bewitches and inveigles the needy and naïve; and tends to be a pathological liar.
Magnolia is a drama film that was written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson in 1999. It is a complex story of the intertwined lives of several tragic characters that have disordered personalities. One of these characters is Frank T. J. Mackey, who is a narcissist that finds himself victim to egosyntonic and...