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Signs You are Dating a Narcissist

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Signs You are Dating a Narcissistic and a Selfish Person
You met a nice guy (or girl), super confident and full of charm, and pretty soon you're under their spell. Over time though, you start to have doubts about your partner. They respond harshly to the slightest criticism and have major anger issues. About 6% of people have what is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Those affected are more likely to be men than women. Nobody knows exactly what causes Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but it's thought to be related to a combination of environmental, genetic, and neurobiological factors. Being in a relationship with a narcissist can feel very lonely and erode at your sense of self-worth. Here are some warning signs that can alert you that it's time to get out.

They constantly talk about themselves with a sense of grandiosity
Whether or not he's accomplished much, he will act like he has and tell you all about how he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He will dominate a conversation and make it all about himself. He will constantly try to one-up others when they mention their own achievements, vacations, or anything that could potentially cause envy. He has to prove that he's "the best."

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They are always putting others down
At the beginning of the relationship, he might not be putting you down, but you'll notice he puts everyone else down: incompetent colleagues, idiotic family members, seemingly anyone. This may be a red flag to you right away, leaving you wondering if eventually he'll talk about you that way. Don't ignore this sign! It will start with occasional "jokes" and comments about your looks, work, and hobbies. Eventually it will chip away at your self-worth so that when he becomes more toxic and abusive with his criticisms of you, you will actually believe him and it will be harder to leave.

While they're pros at criticizing others, theycan't take criticism themselves
Nobody enjoys being criticized, but in the case of the narcissist, he will react with rage and potentially violence. You will feel the need to walk on eggshells, never disagree, and constantly offer up praise just to keep the peace.

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They have an extreme sense of entitlement.
Since he believes that he is better than everyone else, surely the rules shouldn't apply to him. He may cut in line, constantly skip appointments without canceling in advance, insist on special deals and that exceptions be made just for him. If someone doesn't give in to him, he will react with extreme negativity, tantrums, and personal attacks.

They lack empathy
He is too busy thinking about himself to be able to extend empathy to anyone else. In fact, he may take pleasure in your problems or bad news. Some victims of narcissism even note their partners laughing at them when they received terrible news, such as a bad medical diagnosis or their car being stolen.
If any of these traits sound familiar, you may be dating a narcissist. This is someone who needs professional help. If they are unwilling to seek psychological help and get an official diagnosis, it is time for you to move on.

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