Unfortunately, it’s very common for people to get caught up in toxic relationships, sometimes without even knowing it. There are several signs of a toxic relationship, including if your partner is a narcissist.
It’s very common for the word “narcissist” to describe people who seem full of themselves. However, there are more layers to narcissistic personality disorder. This disorder can cause individuals to control loved ones in relationships, among other things. So how do you know if your partner is truly a narcissist?
What Is Narcissism?
According to The Mayo Clinic, narcissistic personality disorder is, “a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.”
Most people have some level of narcissism. Essentially, it’s viewed on a spectrum — most people fall somewhere in the middle, and those who rank higher are typically considered to be narcissistic. These people might even come off as more charming than those who fall lower (more on that later).
Narcissists are known for tearing other people down, and there might be something behind that. Studies have shown that narcissistic people often have parents with the same traits. They most likely felt neglected as a child, so they ended replicating the behaviors of their parents and hurting others. This is very commonly seen in romantic relationships.
How to Tell If You’re Dating A Narcissist
It’s not shocking for narcissists to ignite romance quickly because of their outwardly warm personality. However, people with the disorder usually don’t fall in love with the person they’re dating. Instead, they show the following behaviors:
- Set rules in relationships
- Try to keep who they’re dating from people
- Hoard and interrupt conversation
- Project a false, charming, and grandiose image
- Manipulate and exploit others, damaging their self-esteem and altering their sense of reality
- Break rules and violate boundaries
- Have an obsession with their appearance and/or social media
- Can’t take criticism and require constant admiration
- Lack empathy
- Have troubled relationships with family & friends
- Think they’re always right
- Are preoccupied with fantasies of extreme success
Next Steps to Take
If your partner has the above traits, it’s possible they may be a narcissist. So what do you do next?
While it’s easy to get caught up in arguments with a narcissist, it’s probably pointless. Instead, you could distance yourself emotionally and set boundaries. If that doesn’t work, it might be time to end the relationship — and if you do, try to make sure you notice the signs so you don’t get involved in a similar relationship in the future.
If you think you are in a relationship with a narcissist, you’re not alone. To learn more about narcissistic personality disorder and taking next steps, call 844-237-5762 today.