The signature characteristics of many personality disorders can be quite unpleasant, such as the case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Interacting with an NPD sufferer can be confusing, frustrating and even hurtful. The NPD Individual will often overlook or ignore many of these traits that make them unlikable.
Here are 9 Signs Someone is a Narcissist.
1. Instead of listening they’re wrapped up in their own opinion. Ever felt looked down upon or ignored, even though that person was in no position to do so? You might have encountered a sign of narcissism. The perception leads them to believe what you have to say isn’t important, so they blank it out. Rather than actively listening and integrating in discussions, they treat all conversations as a platform to present their ideas only, which they think are the only ideas worth listening to.
2. They tend to cheat in relationships. Narcissists feel their treasures that are too good for anyone. Bring this attitude into a relationship and you have lightning waiting to strike. Cheating is often a way for narcissists to build their ego. Author Katarina Valentini at Psychology Today says that narcissists are incapable of forming any kind of normal relationship and will wreak havoc in partners lives. Betraying someone and leaving them in great grief gives a narcissist a rush of power.
3. They constantly need to be admired. If you’ve seen a narcissist, maybe you’ve seen that they almost swagger. Oosing conceit and arrogance with every breath. They may look like they possess tremendous confidence, but it’s not enough. They need constant admiration. The delusion of always being entitled to admiration is why people around them often find themselves emotionally drained. To them there’s no greater rush than being put on a pedestal and worshipped by their fans and followers.
4. They do not take any criticism well. Have you ever commented on something someone said and they lashed out at you? Maybe the reaction was more hostile than expected. They think they’re superior to others around them and believed themselves to be infallible. They react poorly, maybe yelling, throwing a tantrum, or with another unreasonable response, when they perceive what you’ve said might be criticism.
5. They exploit others without guilt or shame. Narcissism and empathy don’t go hand in hand. Narcissists are unwilling to see the world from the perspective of others. As a result, they’re able to exploit others without any feeling of remorse. They can manipulate people to fulfill their own needs without regard for the consequences that their actions may have on others.
6. They belittle others. The narcissist thinks they’re the best and brightest so sing proof that dictates otherwise, like someone who is more talented than they are at a particular activity, is a rude shock. The response is to make sure that the person is below them where the narcissists feels most others belong. They try to be dismissive about the other person to show that they don’t really even care about them. And if that doesn’t work, they resort to personal attacks. They belittle and intimidate the other person in order to assert the superiority over them.
7. They see themselves as more attractive than they really are. Despite the fact that everyone should feel attractive, there’s a fine line between a healthy self-image and being delusional. This line is often crossed by narcissists, who believe that they are exceptionally attractive, regardless of having any imperfections. The narcissist uses this perceived superior attractiveness to justify to themselves why they’re too good for everyone.
8. They gaslight those who are dear to them. Have you ever noticed feeling that you can’t remember anything correctly around a specific person? When you’re with that person, do you feel a little like you’ve lost your mind? That’s due to gaslighting. A tactic narcissists use in order to manipulate and gain power and control over those around them. Gaslighting is frightening, because it’s insidious. The manipulation is lengthy and gradual, so the victim doesn’t notice it happening, like when you grow taller. The end result of the long-term gradual manipulation is the devastation of the victim. It can reduce the most healthy confident person down to being a shaking paranoid shell. The victim no longer believes they know what’s real, so they adopt the reality of the abuser, giving the narcissus full control.
9. They put some people on pedestals. Our last sign seems oddly contradictory to the other signs, but it is very logical and here’s why: Narcissists believe that they have to have perfection in everything, including people they associate with. A narcissist will often cozy up to someone higher in status, believing that the perfection will somewhat rub onto them. For example: That suck-up in class who always gets the lecturers full attention, or the brown-noser at work who barely does any work, but gets promotions.
Do you or does anyone you know show these signs of narcissism? Tell us which sign or signs you find most helpful and why in the comments below.
So this was some 9 Signs Someone is a Narcissist.
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