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What are the different types of narcissism? My dad fits many

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What are the different types of narcissism? My dad fits many of the descriptions, but yet does not really fit others. He definitely cannot and will not feel empathy. He talks highly of himself (and even me) when he talks to others, but has never EVER asked me how I am or what I have been doing. He has never asked about anything in my life. Only seems to note the obvious things he knows. Just yesterday, I brought him a Valentine. He did not say Happy Valentines Day to me, nor did he thank me. He sat and did his crossword puzzle as I tried to visit with him. He loves to tell me about himself, but is not at all interested in me. Can you recommend a good book that would help me cope with his behaviors?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. I am very sorry that you believe that your father may have traits of a Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), I can understand how distressing this can be for you. It is actually a common misconception that there are different types of NPD, but in fact there is only one diagnostic category of NPD. NPD can have different criteria, but there is still only one diagnosis for this disorder and there are no established diagnostic subtypes. May I ask, is your chief complaint of your father the lack of interaction with you and apathy for you? Or can he be aggressive in attacking you (usually verbally), manipulative, controlling, etc...?