A cerebral narcissist is the type of person who flaunts his or her intelligence and perceived superiority to feel admired and loved by others. This personality type may also be referred to as a "know it all," or someone who has a comment or answer for almost everything. Narcissists are in love with themselves and obsessed with their own image and the way that image is perceived by others. Cerebral narcissists are so obsessed with their intellectual prowess that they may ignore or neglect their physical health and appearance.
Narcissism is often related to sexual behavior. Many psychologists suggest that cerebral narcissists rarely engage in sexual intercourse with others and prefer personal stimulation as a means of satisfaction. They may prefer the anonymity and lack of intimacy of pornography over close personal relationships. It is very difficult for such personality types to forget any criticisms from past relationships, as these are seen as attacks on their perception of perfection.
Relationships for the cerebral narcissist can be incredibly difficult, if not impossible. The individual will desire to control the behavior and thoughts of his or her partner and will resist any attempts at change or compromise. The partner must always appear less intelligent and knowledgeable, and must not challenge the ideas of the narcissist. Often, relationships will be short lived as the individuals are constantly seeking someone new to provide them with the praise and admiration they are seeking, or constantly looking for someone more superior with which to associate.
Medical treatment from a qualified psychological professional is often helpful or essential to help the cerebral narcissist relate more appropriately to the world and others in it. At times, those with this personality disorder can become violent or abusive if they do not get what they want, or can even become suicidal if they feel that they are not achieving the recognition they deserve. While they seek attention from others, they are typically very lonely and introverted and may need the assistance of others to seek the help they need.
While the cerebral narcissist and somatic narcissist share a number of personality traits, they differ in a number of ways. Somatic narcissists are obsessed with physical appearance and the image of health and beauty. They obsess about what is on the outside, while cerebral narcissists obsess about internal prowess. People can switch back and forth between the two types of personality disorder depending on what is happening in their lives and what they are hoping to gain from a situation or relationship.