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Narcissistic Men In Relationships – 10 Signs He’s A Narcissist
The topic of narcissists has come up a lot in the news these days, and especially narcissistic men in relationships.
Having a relationship with a narcissist is a frustrating and downright painful experience that you might not recognize at first – especially if your emotions have been manipulated by them.
The first and most important thing to know is what a real “narcissist” actually IS – especially as it relates to narcissistic relationships.
Narcissistic personality disorder — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others.
There are three kinds of narcissists:
Exhibitionist Narcissist – this is the one that is the classic example you’ve seen in movies and TV. They’re extremely confident, and they are very difficult in relationships…
Closet Narcissist – this type points to something or someone else as being special – like a person, a religion, a brand label, a philosophy. They’re very insecure and passive-aggressive in relationships…
Toxic Narcissist – this is the type of narcissist that is most dangerous – and thankfully pretty rare. This is the person that enjoys stirring up chaos and hurting others. Like “The Joker” in Batman movies, or the evil queens in fairy tales. You won’t likely run into many in your relationships…
There are 9 criteria for narcissism as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) – and you need at least 5 of these symptoms to be a candidate.
(Note: Unless you’re a trained professional, it’s best to use these criteria for your own knowledge. Declaring someone a narcissist on your own – especially in a romantic relationship – could really stir up some anger.)
Here they are:
9 Symptoms Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
grandiose sense of self-importance
preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions
need for excessive admiration
sense of entitlement (they deserve it ‘just because’)
interpersonally exploitative behavior
lack of empathy
envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them
demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes
The narcissistic disorder itself is actually relatively rare. The estimate is that only about 200,000 US cases of narcissism are formally diagnosed each year – which is .05% of the population.
And as a whole there are less than 2% of the US population with some form of narcissism.
However, it’s also easy to mistake someone who posts a few too many duck-face selfies – or mirror shots of their abs – as having narcissism. Narcissistic personality disorder is actually much deeper and complicated than the occasional over-posting on Facebook. (Though this can be a cry for help…)
For a great many people, these desperate bids for attention are really just insecure personality issues…
They act the way they do because they’re not getting what they need from their relationships, and they feel deprived.
And while some people can be very selfish, it’s actually unlikely that they are a narcissist based on this behavior alone. Sometimes, (to be completely blunt) you might just be dating a real jerk.
The actual disorder of narcissism has come up as being a growing problem in the United States.
Some people blame Facebook…
Some blame the “self esteem” movement…
Some blame Mr. Rogers… (I’m not kidding, they really do!)
Some people blame the President…
In reality, none of those factors are really to blame. Or maybe it’s ALL of them as a whole. It’s really a complicated recipe of ingredients that creates the narcissist disorder.
The part that should concern you most in relationships is that 75% of all narcissists are men…
Which means you want to be able to spot this condition if you want to avoid some nasty relationship problems later on.
Personally, I’ve also encountered some of the 25% of female narcissists back in some of my past relationships. And I’ll tell you that it’s not very fun, either.
You may be aware that one of the most famous narcissists was …
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