One of the most common things we hear at the Marriage Recovery Center on the subject of narcissism goes something like this: “Everything thing I read and watch says that narcissism is incurable and that I should run. You are the only ones who say there is hope!”
While it’s true that an internet search on narcissism will yield a wide variety of opinions on the subject, much of it has not kept up with current research.
“If you recognize aspects of your personality that are common to narcissistic personality disorder or you’re feeling overwhelmed by sadness, consider reaching out to a trusted doctor or mental health provider. Getting the right treatment can help make your life more rewarding and enjoyable.”
– The Mayo Clinic
“Despite the divergences of their approaches, many psychologists agree that while treating personality disorders is not easy, it isn’t impossible.”
– The American Psychological Association
It’s also important to note that most individuals with narcissistic traits do not have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but rather are on the spectrum. In either case, current research indicates that one of the most effective treatments for narcissism or narcissistic tendencies is called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
This Treatment method consists of 4 critical areas which are skills that can be learned. Research has shown these four skills to be very effective in helping overcome behaviors that might ordinarily be thought of as impossible to change.
Taking the First Step
These are just the beginning skills needed to help overcome maladaptive personal tendencies or personality disorders. It will take work and lots of emotional effort. Ongoing therapy is necessary to fully take charge and become the person you want to be.