A narcissistic personality is characterized by having a grandiose sense of importance or feeling superior to others. Narcissists feel that they have special or unique qualities that ordinary people cannot discern. They exaggerate their capabilities or achievements.
Most live in a fantasy world full of distortions and imaginary success, brilliance, and power. The fantasies protect them from the reality of emptiness and powerlessness.
Narcissists need to be admired and praised all the time. The praise helps keep their inflated ego growing larger all the time like a balloon. The need to feed their ego makes them surround themselves with people who admire and praise them.
Most narcissists are exploitative persons without a sense of shame or guilt. Their lack of empathy makes them take advantage of others without remorse.
Narcissists often demean, bully, or intimidate others who they feel have challenged their status. They may show disdain or outright contempt towards challengers as a way of massaging their hurting ego.