To live in a relationship with a narcissist can have extensive effects on your mental health. Narcissists have the demerits including an impressive sense of self, lack of empathy, superficial charm, and a lack of remorse, it’s no surprise that these relationships can be incredibly toxic.
To the Mental Health Awareness, I have revisited one of our most well-read articles Emotional Abuse in a relationship?
If you like that your partner is never wrong and the center of attraction, and even can not take care of criticism. Well, you will not have any problem in a relationship with a narcissist.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Before I wrote an article about emotional abuse in a relationship. Often I see couples whose relationship has been destroyed because of one partner showing the sign of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). NPD is a mental condition, in which a person overvalue a sense of self-importance and ignores any empathy for others.
NPD is a highly extensive form of narcissism and affects approx 10% of the population worldwide Men are more affected by this in comparison to women.
People who suffer from this face a lot of problems, particularly in emotional relationships.
Narcissists are a nightmare to live in a relationship with, they can destroy your confidence, your dignity and make you feel completely depressed, and lose all sense of self and reality. So how to know if you’re in a relationship with a narcissist or not?
Here are the 7 Signs of Being In A Relationship With A Narcissist.
They are controlling
The narcissist likes to control everything. People often get confused about the control with attention, but it frequently gets to the point where the other partner in the relationship starts to feel dominated and in minimal control of their life. Do you always constantly find yourself asking for permission to go somewhere? Does your partner monitor every step of yours where you are? to whom with you? Check your messages?
It’s all about them
Yes, it is all about them. They are fully self-obsessed with themselves that nothing else gets a look in. And if something is not all about them, they will try to make it so. A narcissist will leave the conversation if it is not about them – and will turn it so it is.
They lack empathy
If their demands are being met, quite frankly a narcissist simply will not care. They have a full lack of empathy for others even their partner, friends, and family. And never show any ability to identify with their feelings, even don’t think twice about taking advantage of others to get what they need without any feelings of guilt.
They try to manipulate everyone including you.
Narcissists are the master in manipulation, narcissists are very dodgy at twisting every situation and working them, so they get what they want. One of their main techniques is gaslighting, by that, they convince you always about your views that they are wrong. They utilize this technique to make you feel worthless, constantly questioning your instincts, feeling confused and anxious, and that you do everything wrong.
They have an inflated sense of entitlement
Narcissists think they are much more superior to the people around them. and they are truly special and unique. Nobody is as good looking or engaging as they are. They look forward to always get what they need because they are just so much better than anyone else.
Nothing is ever their fault
They do not want to take any responsibility because they believe that they are always right. They always tend to tell lye, complex excuses, cheating, and anything to deflect from how they behave.
Because of there, great manipulation skills other partner has to apologize for an argument they did not cause.
They need constant praise and attention
They expect from you to put them first always, praise them for their good looks, frequently acknowledge their wonderful achievements and talents, whatever they do.
A narcissist likes to be the center of attraction and attention, As a partner, you must be doting on them. Any signs of disagreement or disapproval about whatever they say will not be accepted well.
In a relationship or married with a narcissist is damn difficult. Leaving one or divorce can be even harder, however with the right support you can do it.
It takes a big deal to self-respect, self-confidence, and self acknowledge to end any relationship or marriage.
Talking to a legal practitioner to understand your legal rights is a great starting point. I also advise that if you are in a relationship with narcissist talk to your friends and family and seek out counseling.
You must get professional legal advice to ensure that the process will work for you and your family.