For decades Hollywood has loved depicting narcissistic characters — from the bratty, manipulative Scarlet O'Hara to the far more cold and ruthless Tony Soprano — because their behavior is so dramatic. Some may be on the extreme end while others are in the middle.
We’ve all run into a narcissist at some point in our lives. And as evidenced in Scarlett O' Hara and Tony Soprano, NPD, which tends to affect more males than females, varies from person to person on a spectrum.
Of course, not all bad behavior can be clinically diagnosed as NPD.
But if you find a new dating prospect exhibits several signs of the disorder, you may want to think twice before moving forward with the relationship. D., lists the following signs to look for in your bae to protect yourself from exploitation and abuse.1.
He exaggerates his achievements in the hope of receiving praise from other people.2.
He's preoccupied with fantasies of limitless success, love, and brilliance.3.
He believes he's special and should only associate with other special people.4. He feels entitled and believe his needs should always be met.6.
He takes advantage of, and exploits other people.7. He gets jealous of other people and believes they are jealous of them.9.
He'll shower you with attention at first, and then become hot and cold.
Narcissists can be highly complimentary or solicitous early on.
But over time, when he feels like he "has" you, the power will shift and his needs will be put before yours. If you express your emotional needs to a narcissist, he may not respond.
Your emotional and other needs will not be fully met. The key question to ask yourself is, "What is he actually doing to meet my emotional needs?
" If he repeatedly fails to meet your emotional needs, it may be time to get out of the relationship.4. One technique favored by narcissists is gaslighting, a power struggle tactic in which a person makes a victim question their reality.
This keeps the narcissist in a powerful position and keeps you questioning your own experiences.