Sound familiar? You may be dating a narcissist. Business Insider spoke to Dr. Forrest Talley, a California-based clinical psychologist to identify warning signs that you may be dating someone with NPD.
Are You Dating a Narcissist? Here's How to Know For Sure
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These signs can help you identify whether or not your partner may be a narcissist. It can be easy miss the signs that you're dating a narcissist. Like in many relationships , when you first start dating a narcissist, you may be lured in by their charm, confidence, and other attractive traits. However, as you get to know your partner, you may pick up on red flags that were not so easily identifiable at first, like "nice" comments that have not-so-nice undertones, or a lack of empathy after you share something deeply personal. You may justify a narcissist's behavior by telling yourself that they just had a bad day, and that tomorrow they'll be better.
15 Signs You're Dating A Narcissist, Because It's Not As Obvious As You Might Think
Someone prioritizes themselves and their feelings over what would be best for both of you. However, there's a difference between someone who is selfish and someone who is a serial narcissist. A narcissist is really someone who is projecting an idealized self whom they constantly personify to avoid feeling or being seen as their true selves. Deep down, behind that grandiose projection, a narcissist is actually very fragile. That's why relationships with narcissists can be so destructive: They are more interested in preserving their self-image and are never concerned with how they affect others.
Dealing with toxic people, in general, is hard enough, but being in a relationship with them is probably one of the worst experiences one can have. Unfortunately, many of these people — narcissists, sociopaths or, even worse, narcissistic sociopaths — are masters of manipulation and can be extremely clever when it comes to luring their victims. Some of the warning signs below may appear before you jump into a committed relationship with a toxic person. Some others, however, will become obvious later as your relationship progresses and deteriorates.