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draganog October 1st, 2006 04:31 PM

Self Absorbed
I have a friend who seems to always turn any situation into a conversation of how he is better at this or that. His faith is stronger, his toys are better, he has done it all. I see this person spend very little time with his family unless it is an activity HE wishes to do. I have strarted to see similar patterns in his 10 year old son. Others in our small group of friends also see this behaivor. He is a very outgoing person who can be very funny and it aboviusly intelligent. What is this type of behaouivr called and what can you tell me about it.

alexandra_k October 28th, 2006 05:51 AM

Re: Self Absorbed
Well... This is just my unprofessional guess so take it or leave it as you see fit...

Typically... I find that people who are keen to talk themselves up do that because they feel inferior or insecure in themselves. What they seem to be looking for is some validation / support from the environment. Something along the lines of 'wow yes, your faith is pretty strong' and 'yes, i see, that is a very cool toy!'.

Narcissism. That might be the term you are looking for...

idomind October 31st, 2006 04:33 AM

Re: Self Absorbed
You could take the time to listen to this person. Ask him straigt away why he does this. Ask him if he feels insecure.

sk8rgrl23 March 4th, 2008 10:54 AM

Re: Self Absorbed
I thought this was a website for professionals but I see every other thread is from lay people who are seeking advice on personal problems.

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