What is the role of cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: Sheenie Ambardar, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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CBT also has the potential to benefit narcissistic patients. [23] There is a specific form of CBT, known as schema-focused therapy, that centers on repairing narcissistic schemas and the defective moods and coping styles associated with them. [24] This highly active and work-intensive form of treatment encourages patients to confront narcissistic cognitive distortions (eg, black-and-white thinking and perfectionism) and has yielded some promising results in the treatment of NPD. [14]


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