Emotional Intelligence: Narcissism
The definition of narcissism is pretty basic and simple. Its symptoms include an excessive need for admiration and attention, disregard for other people’s feelings, an inability to handle any criticism, and a sense of entitlement and exaggerated self-importance.
I have my own thoughts on this matter and would define narcissism further and in greater detail. Thus, I believe there are levels of narcissism, and they include:
Level 1: Typical narcissist. This person meets the true definition of a narcissist.
Level 2: This narcissist actually knows he or she is a narcissist and they embrace it for its self-perceived positive attributes. They usually reach a high level of success and always require someone to acknowledge their success.
Level 3: This narcissist will recruit non-narcissists and coach them to become narcissistic! This narcissist is emboldened to influence others to join their culture. And also embrace natural narcissism and typically become very successful.
Level 4: These distinct few individuals possess superpowers and believe that they are put on this earth to shine on others! The closest parking spot to any location is always empty for whenever they “will” it to be available. They believe everything they touch will become better and turn to gold. They are so smart they must medicate or drink to dumb themselves down just so they can feel human every once in a while. They will unequivocally achieve great success; and typically work for themselves due to no one wanting to work with them. They “will” everything to happen!
Level 5: This one is the unicorn of narcissism and I dare not describe them in detail to protect the innocent. For I must find it in good conscience not to try to offend my wife due to her potentially wanting to “will” harm to me. Okay, try not to laugh!
In all seriousness, my leadership advice to you or anyone who struggles with narcissism is to consider your emotional intelligence when going into any situation. Always try to assume the best outcome, be positive in all that you do, treat others with compassion and defend people when they are not at their very best while understanding that things are not always as they appear.