reckless impulsive behavior

Narcissists engage in all manners of impulsive actions: bingeing, shopping, gambling, drinking, reckless driving, unprotected sex.

Narcissists tend to only take themselves into consideration. However, because they also tend to think they are above the law and above the consequences that result from their behavior, they often unintentionally put themselves (and others) in danger. If they are upset, they may drive incredibly recklessly or take some other sort of aggressive action. They often have unprotected sex. They seem to live on the edge.


For the narcissist, the compulsive acts constitute a part of a larger “grandiose” picture. If a narcissist shops—it is in order to build up a unique collection. If he gambles—it is to prove right a method that he has developed or to demonstrate his amazing mental or psychic powers. If he climbs mountains or races cars—it is to establish new records.

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source: “Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited” Dr Sam Vaknin.