A friend who’s known me since childhood says: “You want everyone to love you. You want to be special to everyone. I so understand you. You have to have been unloved to understand this need.”
“As to NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) you seem to have the background for it. I do not know if you treat people as things or manipulate them. You are unique if you are trying to overcome your lack of empathy and care. Most NPDs don’t recognize they have a problem.”
“Confusing sex and love is typical behavior for NPD.”
Attention is our substitute for connection, intensity for intimacy.
When I was bedridden with CFS between ages 22-27, I once complained to my stepmom that she wasn’t listening to me.
Her friend later explained to her, “Luke needs 500 people listening to him, and if he was well and at UCLA, he’d have that.”