Relationships can be beautiful, but they can also be difficult at times. One of the most difficult situations to deal with is being in a relationship with a narcissist.

A narcissist is someone who is overly concerned with oneself and their needs to the detriment of others. This type of activity can be perplexing and detrimental.

  1. They do not have empathy

Empathy refers to the ability to understand and share another person's feelings. This is difficult for narcissists to accept.

When you are upset, they may disregard, mock or appear indifferent in your sentiments. This can make you feel alone and unsupported.

2. They always speak about themselves

A narcissist desires to be the centre of attention. They dominate talks by talking about their accomplishments, interests and issues while exhibiting little interest in you or your life.

If your partner rarely inquires about your day or listens to your stories, it could be a red flag.

3. They deceive and use manipulation

Gaslighting is a sort of manipulation in which someone causes you to question your own reality. Narcissists are adept at this.

They may lie, twist facts or deny what they have said or done to make you doubt your recall and sanity. This can be extremely confusing and harmful.

4. They possess a sense of entitlement

Narcissists believe they are entitled to special treatment and become dissatisfied or furious when things do not go their way.

They can expect you to attend to their wants without considering yours.  This sense of entitlement can lead to unjust and one-sided interactions.

5. They require consistent praise

Narcissists need admiration and validation. They need to be constantly acknowledged and recognised.

If your partner is always seeking compliments and becomes offended if they are not given enough attention, this could be an indication of narcissism.

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What's next

The first step is to recognise these symptoms. If you believe you are in a relationship with a narcissist,  you should seek professional help.

Discuss your experiences with friends, family, or a therapist. They can provide vital insights and assist you in determining the best course of action.

Surround yourself with supportive people who care about your well-being.

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