A narcissist can be described as someone with a grandiose inflated sense of self-worth. A narcissist has no equals, people merely exist to serve their purpose of reaching the top. Chances are, you’ve encountered a narcissist somewhere along the way, if not, you may be a narcissist. (Joking aside, this may be the case, as narcissists don’t usually identify themselves as being one).
Not sure of the signs of narcissism? Narcissists tend to possess identifiable personality traits, making them easy to peg. The narcissistic personality has varying scales, meaning they don’t necessarily have to meet all of the identifiable criteria. These famous suspected narcissists should help clarify things: Madonna, Donald Trump, Elvis Presley, Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian. Still, if a person demonstrates just 5 of the following behavioral signs of narcissism, there is a good chance they are a narcissist.
12 Signs Of Narcissism
1- They Need Praise and Admiration.
Admiration from others is a narcissists lifeblood. A steady stream of praise is needed to feed the healthy appetite of their ego. A narcissist is not above reaching for praise, being plenty willing to speak of their achievements. “Hey, did I tell you I went for a jog this morning?” Of course, it is required that you acknowledge their greatness. If not, you are of little use and they will attain affirmation elsewhere.
2- We Are All Just Pawns In Their Game Of Life.
Narcissists see others as a means to an end. Establishing a two-way relationship is not the goal, the goal is to help them advance. Perhaps you can help elevate their social status or you’re good at providing compliments. If the perks dry up, however, you will be cast aside in lieu of the next useful pawn.
3- Lack Of Empathy.
A narcissist has no regard for the feelings of others. How you’re feeling is inconsequential as long as you are lifting the spirits of the narcissist. In fact, narcissists will often blatantly insult or critique others to uplift their own self-worth. A narcissist will not feel guilty about hurting your feelings, nor will they apologize.
4- Easily Threatened.
A narcissist aims to have everyone believe they are the superior being in the room. Any word or action that potentially puts a chink in their image is not taken lightly.
5- They Can’t Take A Joke.
Sure, a narcissist can dish it out, but taking is not their forte. When a narcissist decides you’re the object of a joke, there is no attempt to spare your feelings. Nothing is off limits, tastefulness does not exist, it’s all about making them look good and you bad. Should you counter with a witty jab or clever reply, be prepared for combat. The narcissist may retaliate angrily with a low blow and things can get uncomfortable.
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6- All Encompassing Experts.
Narcissists like to believe they are the authoritative voice on all matters under the sun. As such, they don’t mind making their opinions known. The facts and truth are irrelevant, the important thing is appearing knowledgeable and superior.
7- It’s Not Me It’s You, Every Time.
It is not uncommon for a narcissist to find themselves in a toxic situation, yet it is never their fault. Failed relationships, work drama, family disputes, road rage, you name the conflict and it’s the other person’s fault. Regardless of how often the situation repeats itself, you can bet the narcissist is as clean as a whistle, of course they are.
8- So, About Me
A narcissist has an uncanny ability to make themselves the conversation centerpiece. You come into work wearing a T-shirt with the image of the sun, next thing you know they’re detailing a family trip they took to Florida as a child and obviously they have plans of re-visiting soon.
9- I’ve Heard This One Before
Narcissists will often tell re-occurring stories or experiences. Maybe they were a cheerleader in high-school, are the best cook on the block or they went to the best university. Narcissists tend to repeat these stories because it paints them in a positive light and they want to burn this perception into your mind.
10- They Don’t Know They’re A Narcissist.
Perhaps the worst part of all is a narcissist’s inability to identify themselves as one. As the saying goes, the first step to recovery is admittance. Without admittance, a narcissist cannot reach step one and has virtually no chance for recovery. Sadly, those around the narcissist are left dealing with the thankless job buoying the narcissist’s ego.
11- You Humor Them.
Truly the best way to deal with a narcissist is avoidance or to run for the hills. However, in some cases, contact is unavoidable such as a work colleague, neighbor or even a family member. You’re at your wits end with their constant attention seeking behavior. Your attempts to joke with them have proved futile, all that’s left to do is smile and agree with everything they say. Anything that allows you to make a clean getaway.
12- They Take Themselves Soooo Seriously.
They’re image, reputation, appearance, all impeccable. Scour their personal record if you wish, not a single blemish you will find, trust them. The rest of us commoners can only wish to emulate them.
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