NPD is mental illness. Mental illness is not funny. This is not funny.
I'm going to say the following with a qualifier: I don't think mental illness is funny.
While defined in both the DSM-IV and the ICD-10, NPD is barely
(hardly or "shouldn't be" are also acceptable in this case) a "mental illness." It is a Personality Disorder, one which is largely un-treatable by medication and therapy specifically because it is not a classic mental illness caused by chemical imbalance or trauma, but is rather the magnification of a specific personality trait (narcissism) through the inadequate rearing of the child. It is a painful personality disorder to have, for it usually is accompanied by a tremendous inner feeling of lowliness and loneliness; and most frequently, it is also painful for those closest to the affected.
It should be noted that the ICD-10 has a difficult time categorizing NPD; meanwhile, the DSM categorizes it in the B cluster along with other Personality Disorders that involve the excessive sense of self-importance.
While most disorders and mental illnesses are no laughing matter, it is actually a rather interesting observation that a great number of the people who post in the blogosphere could actually be close to a NPD diagnosis according to the DSM (Note: One must show 5 or more of the following traits in order to be diagnosed with NPD
- IOW, you only need 5, but I've seen plenty of bloggers that show at least 7):
(instead of remembering what the characteristics are, I'll copy them from Wikipedia
1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance
2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. believes that he or she is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, people (or institutions) who are also "special" or of high status.
4. requires excessive admiration
5. has a sense of entitlement
6. is interpersonally exploitative
7. lacks empathy
8. is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Hence, the image has some stinging truth, and gets brought up on fora in situations where the use of blogs seems to be largely irrelevant, or when it seems to fall into multiple categories outlined above.