What is Narcissism?
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (listed in the DSM-5) is ultimately a disorder of self-esteem.
Often these behavioural traits include grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy. It is characterized by variable and vulnerable self-esteem with attempts at regulation through attention and approval seeking and either overt or covert grandiosity.
As women – and especially when we are in a new relationship – we are socialized to give second chances, third chances and chronically turn the other cheek. We want our relationships to work out (especially if they took a long time to find). The warm “fuzzies” of a new relationship can lead us to forgive repeatedly. But often in hindsight, we can begin to unravel each incident or behaviour through different eyes when we realize that we have been living in a toxic and destructive relationship where we have been used, disrespected and even discarded.
If this seems too familiar to you, reach out for help. We’re here to help you find your summer.
Identifying the Signs of a Narcissist
Here are some of the most common traits of a narcissist: