Narcissists can exist in any aspect of your life, but can be difficult to identify. If someone demands all of your time and attention, presents him or herself as better than others, and leaves you feeling negative about yourself, they may have this personality disorder. The good news is that you can learn to set boundaries, strengthen your sense of self, and identify manipulative and unkind behavior. If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, realize that you can’t change them; you can only change yourself and your environment.
You may not spot the narcissist in your life, initially.
When you meet a narcissist you may not identify them as such, at first. Narcissists are often very engaging. If someone in your life demands all your time or drains your energy, however, they may suffer from this disorder.
Narcissists usually exhibit the following behaviors:
- Narcissists need praise – Praise from others supports a narcissist’s belief that he or she is better than others at everything. Narcissists may choose friends who buy into their own aggrandized sense of self.
- They can’t admit fault – Because they must think of themselves as perfect, narcissists will lie to avoid taking responsibility when they do something wrong. Instead of admitting fault, they will project their bad behavior onto others.
- They belittle others – A narcissist will demean any person he or she ...