What is Malignant Narcissism?

Malignant Narcissism

Kernberg (1984) introduced the concept of MN to psychoanalytic literature in 1984. Very little has been written about MN since his contribution. Kernberg outlined four features of this syndrome: 1) a typical core narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), 2) antisocial behaviour (ASB), 3) ego-syntonic sadism and 4) a deeply paranoid orientation toward life (Kernberg 1984).