Personality Disorders

Personality Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia. Do you or a loved one struggle with: Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Histrionic Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, or Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder? If so, help is available. You can read our online articles or you can call 267-324-9564 and speak with a therapist in Philadelphia at the Center for Growth.

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Have you ever wondered why some people have such a difficult time sustaining close, personal relationships while others seem to do so with relative ease?  How we manage the balance between closeness and distance with the important people in our lives correlates to our foundational sense of security and attachment.  

How To Disarm A Narcissist

The first step to disarm a narcissist is to identify your own “hot buttons.”  These are areas that are particularly sensitive for you that automatically send you into “defense mode.”  If we slip into this “defense mode,” we are unable to empathize with the other person or think through possible solutions to the current situation.  To disarm a narcissist, you must begin by identifying your own “hot buttons.”  In so doing, you are diminishing the power a narcissist may have had in the past and gaining more control over your own emotional responses.  Once you have adjusted your own frame of mind, you are then more able to communicate clearly and assertively.  Below are several ideas of helpful phrases to use when interacting with a narcissist.

Narcissism and Shame Treatment and Tips

Facing one’s shame is necessary in creating meaningful and intimate relationships. Narcissist’s issues with shame is a major reason narcissists struggle to maintain friendships, experience true intimacy, and struggle with self-esteem.

Narcissism: The concerns and pitfalls

 However, there is a difference between healthy narcissism and unhealthy narcissism. Narcissism begins to take the dark to unhealthy when reality and empathy are no longer there for the individual. What separates unhealthy from healthy is that, a healthy narcissist is aware and respectful of limits. With unhealthy narcissism, there are no limits. 

What is a narcissist?

Encountering difficult people is an inevitable part of life.  How can you determine whether the difficult person in your life is truly a narcissist?  This article offers an explanation of what narcissism is, as well as where it stems from.