10 Unbelievable Behaviors Of The Narcissist

10 Unbelievable Behaviors Of The Narcissist

Do you know what narcissistic personality disorder is? Would you be able to spot it if you had to? For most people, their belief is that narcissism is “easy” to spot because laymen and pop psychology characterize narcissism as selfish ambition, arrogance, cockiness, inconsiderate of others, and a strong desire to be at the “top of the game.”

But narcissism is truly difficult to spot in everyday life because some of the kindest and nicest people could be a narcissist hiding under a facade. Narcissism doesn’t always shine through the moment you meet someone. In fact, narcissism may not fully bloom until you’ve married the person, accepted a job from a company led by a narcissist, or after many years of knowing the person. In reality, narcissistic personality traits are often hidden by the person’s ability to “act” ways they know other people like.

Although you are probably familiar with the millions of articles already written on this topic, this article will highlight the most dangerous narcissistic traits you should avoid in your life.

Did you know that narcissistic personality disorder could co-occur with other disorders?

For example, someone diagnosed with a personality disorder (narcissistic personality disorder) could also be diagnosed with depression and anxiety (because of incorrect perceptions of self, lack of confidence, incompetence, or a fear of being found out). In other words, the narcissistic person could very well become depressed and anxious in the event their competence or knowledge (or social charm and astuteness) is challenged by someone else. Many narcissists set out to harass, compete, or defeat others when they believe others may show them up, do better than them, or receive more attention than them.

The narcissist is often an adult with an inability to maturely share their ideas, talents, or strengths with other people. Their main goal is to be the center of attention, to be better, to compete, and to achieve, even if that means the truly talented or competent person is destroyed. Sadly, because of this incorrect perception of self and life in general, the narcissist will go to any length to ensure they are not overshadowed or forgotten which can result in trouble for an innocent person on the other end. A loss of employment, stolen ideas, stolen property or funds, belittlement, destruction, etc. are the consequences of being in the life of a narcissist.

As a result of the narcissist’s weak ego, incompetence, and skewed perception of self, you’ll want to know how to spot them and cope with them. Below I have listed a few traits of the narcissist. I have seen my fair share of narcissists so my best advice to you (if you come across a narcissist), is to avoid them at all costs because they:

  1. Will try to compete with you in any form: Narcissists are well known for their fragile egos, self-centered worldview, and lack of perspective. The moment you try to be yourself, improve yourself, or advance in some form the narcissist will try to belittle you, reduce you, or minimize you. Why? Because the best defense for the fragile person is to make others appear smaller than them, less than them, or unintelligent. My experience with narcissists is that they lack the ability to show empathy (i.e., the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes) which creates a variety of challenges in multiple relationships. If you have a supervisor like this, they will likely belittle you, use you, or manipulate you. If this is your parent, you will likely be treated poorly and possibly worse than your siblings. If it is your spouse, you may find your significant other trying to control you.
  2. Will see their interactions with you as a game: Narcissists are weak. They have no real substance and because of this, they are more likely to play the social game much more than other people or people who are genuine and confident. You most likely have seen this type of narcissist. They appear so very friendly to everyone and may use their unfortunate circumstances to gain social prestige, attention, or compassion. Once they receive this and have everyone fooled, they turn on those who truly know them and would rather stay miles away from them. What has always disturbed me about a narcissist who plays the social game is that they are skilled at tricking people and deceiving them. They may even go so far as to target your positive reputation to cause others to look to them in some fashion.
  3. Will be passive-aggressive or aggressive in communication: Narcissists are immature and often behave as if they have the mental age of a teenager. In some cases, you may meet some narcissists who truly seem empathetic, compassionate, friendly, and honest only to later find out that they were “playing the social game.” It is very likely that a narcissist will engage in passive-aggressive behavior which often includes: pouting or having an attitude over something minor, taking stabs at you or picking a fight, ignoring you and acting like a “mean girl” from high-school, creating tension when there doesn’t need to be tension, and attempting to control your emotions by switching up on you in their behaviors.
  4. Will never give you peace: Some narcissists are so vulnerable and weak psychologically and emotionally that they will keep a disagreement or argument going for days, months, and maybe even years. They are incapable of interacting with others in a mature fashion. Their age, job title, degree or certification, family-life, etc. doesn’t mean a thing to them and doesn’t have the slightest bit of influence on their behaviors once they are triggered. The narcissist, once they are angered, is very difficult to apologize to or ask for forgiveness from. They hold grudges, create tension and anxiety, and struggle to let things go.
  5. Will express their 5-year-old ego when they are challenged: Again, the narcissist is emotionally and psychologically immature. Your best line of defense with a narcissist who presents to everyone as a 5-year-old child is to ignore it as much as you can. Try your best to placate their ego by complimenting them or staying out of the way.
  6. Will cause unnecessary drama: The narcissist almost thrives on drama. Drama gets attention off of them and allows them to express their “immature social skills.” For example, a narcissist may get involved in gossip or a situation that doesn’t involve them at all and will seem to make things worse. Narcissists are rarely peacemakers.
  7. Will form cliques all around you: Narcissists need to feel powerful and empowered. The best way for them to feel empowered or powerful is to create a group of people who believe in them, are afraid of them, or look up to them in some way. Their cliques allow them to maintain some kind of positive reputation and when things go wrong in the narcissist’s life, those in the clique will run to the rescue. These people should not be called “cliques” but rather “blind servants.”
  8. Will use their social and emotional intelligence to gain notoriety: Although we all use social media to reach out to those we want to help, support, or learn from, the narcissist will find some way of making themselves look better than anymore else. This narcissist may embellish their accomplishments, brag, or seem very unauthentic.
  9. Will behave immaturely: Narcissistic individuals struggle to be mature, especially when maturity is necessary. For example, the narcissistic personality will struggle, in the workplace or in public, to let things “slide” or leave things alone. Most narcissistic personalities go the extra mile to make trouble, get revenge, or be vindictive. It is almost as if the narcissist feels empowered by the effort they put into making life miserable, unbearable, or uncomfortable for everyone else. Don’t be deceived. If you go wrong with the narcissist, you will be next.
  10. Will pull in other people who are vulnerable to them to conquer and divide: Have you ever seen cliques where if one person is angry with someone, everyone else involved in the clique will be angry with the person too? You will likely see this kind of behavior in office settings, very small neighborhoods or rural areas, and in certain professions.
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What is your experience with someone who fits the description of narcissistic personality disorder?

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Can Eating Crickets Boost Your Health?

By Serena Gordon

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Jiminy Cricket! New research suggests that saving room on your plate for some crunchy, chirpy protein might be good for your health.

Specifically, eating crickets may help improve the natural bacteria in your gut (microbiome) and reduce inflammation in your body.

In a small pilot trial, the study team gave 20 volunteers a bugs-for-breakfast diet for two weeks. But, they gave them a more palatable form of crickets — a powder made from the large insects was turned into muffins or shakes.

«Insects are novel to the American diet, but they should be considered a potentially helpful food that contains important nutrients and fibers that could have benefits to our overall health, including our gut microbiome,» said the study’s lead author, Valerie Stull. She is a researcher at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

«This is a small study, however, so more research is needed to better understand these effects,» she added.

And for those totally grossed out by the thought of eating bugs, what does Stull suggest?

«Even the most open-minded Americans struggle with the idea of eating insects — at least at first. It just isn’t part of our food culture,» she said. But, if you’re willing to try a diet with bugs, Stull said that «edible insects are nutritious and often delicious.»

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And, she noted, «What’s the real difference between a cricket and a lobster? One arthropod is on land, the other in the ocean.»

Stull said about 2 billion people worldwide consume bugs as part of their diets. She said that she initially became interested in using insects for food as part of her interest in environmental sustainability.

«There is so much untapped potential when it comes to utilizing edible insects. They are abundant, and when farmed, can generate a high-quality protein with a substantially lower environmental impact than traditional livestock. They need less feed, land and water to grow — and they generate fewer greenhouse gases,» she explained.

However, she doesn’t see insects as a panacea. «I don’t believe that edible insects are the silver bullet for solving all of our current agriculture, health, and environmental challenges. But they certainly have potential,» she said.

Continued

Still, she wondered, what’s the impact of eating bugs in the human body. Is it safe? Is it healthy?

That’s where the current study comes in.

The 20 volunteers ate either a regular breakfast or one containing muffins or shakes made with cricket powder for two weeks. Then all of the participants ate normally for two weeks. For the two weeks after that, the volunteers switched which breakfast they had — those who initially had a regular breakfast now had two weeks of bugs-for-breakfast, and vice versa.

Crickets and other insects have fibers, such as chitin. These are different from the dietary fiber found in fruits and vegetables. Some types of fiber help the body’s beneficial bacteria population grow. These are known as probiotics.

And, the current study showed that eating a diet of crickets in the morning helped one probiotic in particular, Bifidobacterium animalis, to flourish. This probiotic strain has been linked to better gut function, the researchers said.

Using blood and stool samples, they also saw evidence of reduced inflammation in the body. Inflammation has been linked to many disorders, such as depression and cancer, the study team noted.

Registered dietician Samantha Heller reviewed the study’s findings.

«The study was really small and only lasted for two weeks so we don’t know if these changes would last even if people kept eating the cricket breakfast,» she said.

If you’re interested in changing your body’s microbiome for the better, Heller said «eating a healthy, plant-based diet, getting regular exercise and managing stress all seem to support a healthy gut.»

Stull said that the microbiome’s make-up changes rapidly. So, it’s clear that to get the benefits from insects in your diet, you would need to regularly consume the crunchy protein.

And, if this study has left you «chirping at the bit» to give insects a try, Stull says that edible insects are commercially available. And, if you’re a tad less adventurous, but might be willing to sprinkle some bug powder into your breakfast muffin mix, she says powders made from insects are also commercially available, and can even be found online.

Continued

Stull noted one caveat for potential cricket connoisseurs — if you’re allergic to shellfish, it’s possible you’ll be allergic to crickets, too.

The study was published online recently in Scientific Reports.

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History and Impact of the Pesticide DDT

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DDT is one of the most controversial chemical compounds in recent history. It has proven effective as an insecticide, but its potent toxicity isn’t limited to insects. Banned by many countries including the United States, DDT is nonetheless still used—legally or illegally—in some places.

What Is DDT?

DDT, also known as dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, belongs to a class of pesticides known as organochlorides. A synthetic chemical compound that must be made in a laboratory (it doesn’t occur in nature), DDT is a colorless, crystalline solid.

DDT can’t be dissolved in water; it is, however, easily dissolved in organic solvents, fats, or oils. As a result of its tendency to dissolve in fats, DDT can build up in the fatty tissues of animals that are exposed to it. This accumulated build-up is known as bioaccumulation, and DDT is described by the EPA as a persistent, bio-accumulative toxin.

Because of this bioaccumulation, DDT remains in the food chain, moving from crayfish, frogs, and fish into the bodies of animals that eat them. Therefore, DDT levels are often highest in the bodies of animals near the top of the food chain, notably in predatory birds like eagles, hawks, pelicans, condors, and other meat-eating birds.

Warning

DDT also has serious health effects on humans. According to the EPA, DDT can cause liver damage including liver cancer, nervous system damage, congenital disabilities, and other reproductive harm.

A Brief History of DDT

DDT was first synthesized in 1874, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Swiss biochemist Paul Hermann Müller discovered its potency as an all-purpose insecticide. For that discovery, Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1948.

Before the introduction of DDT, insect-borne diseases like malaria, typhus, yellow fever, bubonic plague, and others killed untold millions of people worldwide. During World War II, the use of DDT became common among American troops who needed it to control these illnesses, especially in Italy and in tropical regions like the South Pacific.

After World War II, the use of DDT expanded as farmers discovered its effectiveness at controlling agricultural pests, and DDT became the weapon of choice in anti-malaria efforts. However, some insect populations evolved with a resistance to the insecticide.

Rachel Carson and «Silent Spring»

As the use of DDT spread, a handful of scientists noticed that its reckless use was causing considerable harm to wildlife populations. These scattered reports culminated in the now-famous book Silent Spring by scientist and author Rachel Carson, which describes the dangers of widespread pesticide use. The book’s title comes from the effect DDT and other chemicals were having on songbirds, which were disappearing in some regions.

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Silent Spring became a best-selling book, and its publication is often credited with the rise of the modern environmental movement. In the years that followed, scientists worldwide were reporting that birds with high levels of DDT in their bodies were laying eggs that had shells so thin they broke before hatching, causing bird populations to plunge. And the more DDT the birds had in their bodies, the thinner their eggshells.

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How to Stop Feeling Anxious Right Now

While it’s normal to get nervous about an important event or life change, about 40 million Americans live with an anxiety disorder, which is more than the occasional worry or fear. Anxiety disorders can range from a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is intense worrying that you can’t control, to panic disorder — sudden episodes of fear, along with heart palpitations, trembling, shaking, or sweating.

For those with an anxiety disorder, it’s important to look into strategies that can help manage or reduce anxiety in the long term, like talk therapy or medication. But everyone can benefit from other ways to reduce stress and anxiety with lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced diet, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and taking time for yourself.

Plus, there are steps you can take the moment when anxiety starts to take hold. Try these 10 expert-backed suggestions to relax your mind and help you regain control of your thoughts.

1. Stay in your time zone.

Anxiety is a future-oriented state of mind. So instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, “reel yourself back to the present,” says Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety. Ask yourself: What’s happening right now? Am I safe? Is there something I need to do right now? If not, make an “appointment” to check in with yourself later in the day to revisit your worries so those distant scenarios don’t throw you off track, she says.

2. Relabel what’s happening.

Panic attacks can often make you feel like you’re dying or having a heart attack. Remind yourself: “I’m having a panic attack, but it’s harmless, it’s temporary, and there’s nothing I need to do,” Chansky says. Plus, keep in mind it really is the opposite of a sign of impending death — your body is activating its fight-or-flight response, the system that’s going to keep you alive, she says.В

3. Fact-check your thoughts.

People with anxiety often fixate on worst-case scenarios, Chansky says. To combat these worries, think about how realistic they are. Say you’re nervous about a big presentation at work. Rather than think, “I’m going to bomb,” for example, say, “I’m nervous, but I’m prepared. Some things will go well, and some may not,” she suggests. Getting into a pattern of rethinking your fears helps train your brain to come up with a rational way to deal with your anxious thoughts.

4. Breathe in and out.

Deep breathing helps you calm down. While you may have heard about specific breathing exercises, you don’t need to worry about counting out a certain number of breaths, Chansky says. Instead just focus on evenly inhaling and exhaling. This will help slow down and re-center your mind, she says.

5. Follow the 3-3-3 rule.

Look around you and name three things you see. Then, name three sounds you hear. Finally, move three parts of your body — your ankle, fingers, or arm. Whenever you feel your brain going 100 miles per hour, this mental trick can help center your mind, bringing you back to the present moment, Chansky says.

6. Just do something.

Stand up, take a walk, throw away a piece of trash from your desk — any action that interrupts your train of thought helps you regain a sense of control, Chansky suggests.В

7. Stand up straight.

“When we are anxious, we protect our upper body — where our heart and lungs are located — by hunching over,” Chansky says. For an immediate physical antidote to this natural reaction, pull your shoulders back, stand or sit with your feet apart, and open your chest. This helps your body start to sense that it’s back in control, she says.В

8. Stay away from sugar.

It may be tempting to reach for something sweet when you’re stressed, but that chocolate bar can do more harm than good, as research shows that eating too much sugar can worsen anxious feelings. Instead of reaching into the candy bowl, drink a glass of water or eat protein, Chansky says, which will provide a slow energy your body can use to recover.В

9. Ask for a second opinion.

Call or text a friend or family member and run through your worries with them, Chansky says. “Saying them aloud to someone else can help you see them clearly for what they are.” It can also help to write your fears on paper.В

10. Watch a funny video.

This final tactic may be the easiest one yet: Cue up clips of your favorite comedian or funny TV show. Laughing is a good prescription for an anxious mind, Chansky says. Research shows that laughter has lots of benefits for our mental health and well-being; one study found that humor could help lower anxiety as much as (or even more than) exercise can.В

Sources

Tamar Chansky, PhD.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

www.webmd.com

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