The narcisstic personality type can be seen as a means of adjustment through competition. These types of individuals tend to express clear love and approval of themselves. In the adaptive sense, they are self-confident and independent. In a maladaptive sense they are so self-oriented and constantly seek self-enhancement and this is so exaggerated that they fail to see the inappropriateness of their behavior. Proud display of self in attitude, dress, prestige or gesture or other means make these individuals most comfortable. Their self-esteem or personality construct is dependent upon demonstrating weakness in others and competitive strength and independence in themselves. The competitive narcisstic person is made uncomfortable by the thought of appearing dependent or weak. The specific purpose is to establish superiority in relation to others.

This type of behavior can pull envy, distrust, and feelings of inferiority in others. In some cases, this behavior can pull respectful admiration from others.