I saw this photo on Instagram the other day and it made me think.
We all know someone who displays some of those tendencies and it would make for a really interesting if not truly horrible character. I like the imagery of a ’emotional vampire’ as I could see exactly where they were coming from. There is plenty of scope for how far you could take the character and how much damage they could cause.
Wikipedia lists it as:
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder in which a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process.
It fits with sociopathic tendencies too as the urban dictionary defines it:
So a narcissistic sociopath is forming in my writer’s mind and I don’t want them to stay for long so I need to write, only what to do with them. I’ve never written a nasty character before or an unhappy ending as I prefer to give my characters the happy endings we struggle for in real life.
It might be fun to create this horrible monster and find them get their comeuppance at the end. Or the idea might just burn out like so many others have. Sometimes writing is about challenging your normal comfort zone to avoid the rehashing of the same stories and this developing monster is certainly that.