How to Define a Narcissist: The 5 Traits You Need to Look Out For

Narcissists are all around us. It can be hard to spot them sometimes, but there are certain traits that will always give them away. In this blog post, I will define what makes a narcissist tick and discuss the 5 key traits of narcissists that you need to be aware of.

Knowing how to identify a narcissist is important, because they can be very harmful to your mental health and wellbeing. Once you spot one, it would be a good idea to put as much distance between yourself and them as possible!

Narcissists are manipulative and entitled. They will invariably try to take advantage of you. They will also try to gaslight you and make you question your sanity.

It is important to be aware of these red flags so that you can protect yourself from them.

How to define a narcissist – the most common narcissistic traits

The first defining trait of narcissists is that they have an inflated sense of self-importance. They think they are better than everyone else and expect to be treated as such. They constantly brag about their accomplishments and try to minimize the successes and strengths of others.

The second trait is that they are extremely sensitive to criticism. They cannot handle being told that they are wrong or that they have made a mistake. This is because their ego is extremely fragile. They will often lash out or become defensive when confronted with criticism.

The third trait that goes to the very core of the definition of narcissism is that narcissists are always trying to be the centre of attention. They need constant validation and approval from others. They will often seek out attention by bragging, making grandiose statements, or arguing loudly with someone at a party – anything is fair game if it .gets them the attention they so desperately crave.

The fourth trait is that they have a disproportionate sense of entitlement. They believe that they deserve special treatment and always expect things to go their way. They may take advantage of others or be manipulative in order to get what they want.

The fifth and final defining trait of narcissists is that they lack empathy. They do not care about how their actions affect others, and are usually insensitive or even cruel. The only person they care about is themselves. It’s a constant refrain of “me, me, me, me, me.”

Be on the lookout and safeguard yourself

Do not worry too much about how to define whether someone is a narcissist or not.

The truth is that you do not need to be sure if the person you are dealing with is a narcissist. If you know someone who exhibits the abovementioned traits, you do not need a diagnosis in order to conclude that you should try to avoid them. It could be narcissism, or sociopathy, or simply a case of a person with a particularly nasty character – they are not the kind of person you want to waste your time on.

That said, it is important to be aware of the abovementioned red flags so you can protect yourself from anyone with above average narcissistic traits and the narcissistic abuse they invariably unleash on anyone who has the misfortune of having to deal with them.

There are many resources available, and this blog is a good place to start.

Check out the section about narcissistic abuse and recovery, or browse through the narcissism glossary. And if you are in the mood for a good laugh, check out my narcissist meme gallery.

That way you will get a better idea of what you are up against.

For Further Reading

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