Narcissists tend to be self-centred, lack empathy, and have an inflated sense of their own importance. These traits can make a relationship with a narcissistic person challenging, and often result in feelings of frustration and powerlessness.
In this blog post, we’ll look at how to identify narcissistic behavior as well as tips on how to cope when dealing with a narcissistic person in your life.
Signs of Narcissism
The most obvious sign of narcissism is an exaggerated sense of self-importance. A narcissist may brag about their accomplishments or exaggerate the truth in order to appear more impressive than they actually are.
They may also expect special treatment from others and become easily offended if their expectations are not met.
Additionally, because narcissists lack empathy for others, they may be dismissive or even cruel towards those who do not meet their standards.
The following are the top traits you need to look out for when trying to figure out if the toxic person you are dealing with is narcissistic:
Excessive need for admiration and attention: Narcissists have an insatiable need for admiration, attention, or even fame. When they don’t feel that they are getting enough of this, they can become angry or aggressive.
Lack of empathy: A narcissist may be unable to understand the emotions and feelings of others, and therefore unable to empathize with them. They may ignore people’s feelings because it does not serve their own interests.
Self-centeredness: A narcissist believes that the world should revolve around them and that their needs and wants are more important than those of others.
Arrogance and superiority complex: Narcissists often have a inflated sense of their own importance, believing they are better than everyone else and do not need to follow the same rules as other people do. They may come off as overly confident or arrogant in social situations.
Uncontrollable jealousy : Narcissists can become overly possessive and jealous when someone else is getting attention that could potentially outshine theirs in any way – whether it be from friends, family members or co-workers.
Exploiting others for personal gain: Narcissists view relationships as transactional opportunities rather than genuine connections with others; meaning they will use people for their own ends without any remorse or thought for the consequences on other peoples’ wellbeing .
Inability to accept criticism: People who suffer from narcissism tend to be very sensitive to criticism which they cannot easily accept or handle in a constructive way; instead they may lash out at whoever is being critical of them in an effort to protect their fragile egos .
Coping Strategies when Dealing with a Narcissistic Person
It’s important to remember that you cannot change someone else’s behaviour. However, there are ways you can cope when dealing with a narcissistic person in your life.
The first step is to set boundaries and stick to them. For example, if a narcissist is belittling or demeaning you, it’s important that you stand up for yourself and make it clear that you have no intention of accepting such abuse. Talk about what behaviours are acceptable and what behaviours are not acceptable in the relationship. You may also want to talk about communication styles, respect for each other’s feelings and opinions, and any other topics that you feel need to be addressed.
Reaching out for support from family members or friends can also help provide comfort during stressful times.
When dealing with a narcissistic person, it is important to use effective communication tactics. For example, instead of arguing or debating every point they make, try using “I” statements such as “I feel like…” or “I think that…” This allows you to express your opinion without putting the other person on the defensive.
Additionally, it is important to listen carefully, while not letting them dominate the conversation or manipulate it into something else entirely. Try responding calmly and avoid getting angry or frustrated when communicating with them.
Self Care Practices
Dealing with a narcissistic person can be extremely draining mentally and emotionally, so make sure you take time for yourself away from the situation.
It’s important that you take care of yourself by practicing good self-care strategies such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or journaling.
Whatever brings you joy and helps you relieve stress and feel recharged will benefit your mental health in the long run.
Reach out for help and support
It is also important to build up a support system of family and friends who can provide emotional support during tough times as well as helping build healthy coping skills when needed most.
Talking to those close to you can provide valuable insights into the behaviour of narcissists, as well as potential strategies for successfully navigating their presence in your life.
They may be able to offer advice and guidance on how to respond in difficult situations, as well as share personal stories of coping with similar people in the past.
Additionally, having a strong support system around you can give some security during times of distress and discourage any feelings of loneliness or isolation one may feel while dealing with a narcissist.
Dealing with a narcissistic person can be challenging but there are ways to cope positively while still maintaining relatively healthy relationships with them if necessary.
The key is understanding their behaviour and remembering that while you cannot control another person’s behaviour, there are things you can do when interacting with a narcissistic person to reduce their negative impact on your life, such as setting boundaries and taking care of yourself through self-care practices.
By managing expectations, using effective communication tactics, and engaging in self-care practices you will be better equipped handle a narcissistic person in your life more effectively while preserving both emotional wellbeing as well as peace of mind.