Just my 2 cents on Narcissistic Personality Disorder... Dr. Ramani is excellent but to completely understand this particular personality disorder, I prefer Sam Vaknin. He is a diagnosed Narcissistic Psychopath but his insights are astute and very valuable. NPD develops in the early years of life and always as a result of neglect or abuse of some kind. We may never know what happened to Stephanie, I have a feeling maternal emotional neglect may have caused an emotional trauma, or there may have been other trauma, which could be the reason that Nic Larkin and Michael Potts are so protective of her. Nevertheless, people with NPD usually suck the life out of people around them and they are always parasitic by nature. Any vulnerability you will see will be a window to earlier trauma but it does not mean that SSB cannot damage those who take pity on her. She simply does not know how else to be. Who she is has evolved out of finding a way to exist in her world. It was a coping mechanism, and I imagine Isabelle is at the core of it all. Now, having the world as a stage, will bring her great success but also great scrutiny. Narcissists are very fragile, especially when their mask slips... sometimes leading to defragmentation. Fame is very dangerous for someone like SSB, what nourishes her, can also destroy her.
I know a woman who lives in the tropics and owns a chemist shop and she sends me for birthday and Christmas, lipsticks in ghastly orange/slut red colours, marked "sample only not for retail sale", gone rancid in the heat and 3 or 4 times a year flies in to Australia and freeloads on me and then walks around checking out any recent additions to my home and if she finds something she likes asks me where I got it - when I reply Hong Kong or Singapore she asks "Did you get me one for my birthday .....etc" and when I say no she chucks a hissy fit. Now I recognise the SJ in her and I am going to recommend CD to her and see if she recognises herself. NAH too easy.She gave him a pile of insulting tat. All freebies. Doubt he got an envelope with cash in it. She’s super cheap.