Most people display a varying degree of narcissism at different times, but in order to be diagnosed as suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder, the level of narcissism has to be very severe. So what are the traits of a narcissistic personality and if your partner is diagnosed as suffering from the disorder, what is the best way of dealing with narcissistic men in relationships?
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We have probably all met men or women with narcissistic tendencies at some point in our lives. They are the ones who are extremely self-centered, conceited and arrogant. They think they are God’s gift to the opposite sex and are always striving to be the center of attention, which can make a relationship with this type of person extremely challenging at the best of times.
If this sounds like an accurate description of your partner, learning some tips for dealing with narcissistic men in relationships should help you to avoid complete emotional meltdown. But as well as understanding how best to cope with the traits of a narcissistic personality, it is also essential for you to understand that there might come a point in the relationship when you must leave for your own sake.
Dealing with narcissistic men in relationships is challenging. Imagine being in a relationship with the most egotistical diva who ever lived and that should give you some idea of the issues you will be facing.
What traits do narcissistic men have?
Men with narcissistic personality disorder struggle to show compassion and empathy. No matter how upset you might be feeling about something that has happened, your partner will be completely unable to feel any sympathy for you—not because they don’t care, but because they are unable to put themselves in your shoes and understand how you feel. This inability to empathize and feel compassion also means your partner might say or do hurtful things to get a reaction, which can be very difficult to deal with.
The best way of dealing with narcissistic men in relationships is to be very firm about what you will and will not accept. It is vital that you set boundaries for their behavior as the more you put up with it, the more they will dish out. However, it is worth remembering that ultimately you are never going to change your man and no matter how many times you point out how badly they are behaving, they are still likely to continue behaving in an unacceptable manner. In most cases, the best way to deal with a narcissistic man is to ignore him or walk away from the situation.
Narcissistic people are usually hyper sensitive to criticism, so be very careful about criticizing a narcissistic man’s behavior, or indeed anything. He is likely to see it as a personal attack and react badly.
At some point in the relationship, you may have to decide if the bad times far outweigh the good times. Dealing with a narcissistic man is not easy and for anyone suffering from low self-esteem, it can be an extremely self-destructive relationship. Narcissistic Victim Syndrome is a recognized disorder suffered by those people in relationships with narcissistic personalities and the classic signs are depression, low self esteem, anxiety problems, and in the worst cases, suicidal tendencies.