How To Deal With A Narcissist Husband

The term “narcissist” is commonly used to describe someone who is self-centered and lacks empathy. It’s crucial to remember, however, that narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a legitimate mental health problem that necessitates a professional diagnosis.

Even so, some narcissistic tendencies can be seen in people who do not have NPD. These could include the following:

  • having an inflated self-esteem
  • requiring constant adoration
  • exploitation of others
  • failing to see or care about the needs of others
  • Here are some suggestions for dealing with someone who has narcissistic traits, as well as some pointers for identifying when it’s time to walk on.

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    THE BASICS

  • What Is Narcissism and How Does It Affect You?
  • Seek out a therapist who is familiar with narcissism.
  • According to psychologist Stephen Johnson, a narcissist is someone who has a distorted sense of self “In response to early injuries, he buried his authentic self-expression and replaced it with a highly developed, compensated false self.” This alter ego to the true self frequently comes out as opulent “”Above all,” manipulative, self-absorbed, and insensitive

    When you’re harmed by the actions of a chronic narcissist, it’s difficult to cope, especially if that person is your romantic partner, parent, child, family, friend, coworker, or boss. What are the signs that someone is acting narcissistically? Here are four communication suggestions from my books How to Successfully Handle Narcissists and A Practical Guide for Narcissists to Change Towards the Higher Self, with references. The first two suggestions are indirect, whereas the last two are straightforward. Depending on the situation, use them as needed.

    1. Ask Follow-Up Questions

    Asking clarifying questions is a wonderful method to politely draw someone’s attention to his or her narcissistic conduct. Put the focus on the behavior by asking a few probing questions to see if the narcissist has enough self-awareness to recognize the inequity of the scheme when you observe the narcissist making unreasonable requests or demands (such as expecting you to always do things their way, or manipulating you to cater to their selfish needs).

    Consider the following scenario:

  • If you’re looking for a “”Does this strike you as reasonable?”
  • If you’re looking for a “”Does what you want from me seem reasonable?”
  • If you’re looking for a “Is it possible for me to have a say in this?”
  • If you’re looking for a “”Are you inquiring or informing me?”
  • If you’re looking for a “”Do you really think I’m going to…?”
  • You’re holding up a mirror for the narcissist to see the true nature of his or her ruse when you ask the aforementioned questions.

    2. Use wit and humour

    Humor and wit are effective ways to communicate. Years ago, I was at a friend’s dinner party when I noticed one of the guests, who was renowned for his callous self-absorption, eating an excessive amount of an appetizer. When the host mentioned that the appetizer, which was a delicacy divided evenly among the guests, was meant to be shared, the narcissist sneered and stated, “”I’m fine,” he said as he helped himself to more. “Of course you’re OK,” the host responded, smiling, “because that’s all that matters.” The guest eventually got the message and acted courteously for the rest of the evening.

    When utilized correctly, humor and wit may illuminate the truth, neutralize problematic behavior, and demonstrate outstanding poise.

    3. Distinguish the person from the behavior

    Separating the behavior from the person is an effective technique to call out a person’s narcissism while also leaving the individual flexibility to change. For example, rather than stating “”You’re a narcissist,” “you’re acting like a narcissist,” or “this is narcissistic” are all phrases that can be used to describe someone who is a narcissist.

    “”You’re a narcissist” suggests that a person’s personality is fixed and that there is no way to modify it. “You’re acting like a narcissist” or “this behavior is narcissistic,” on the other hand, implies that the person has the power to change by making better choices.

    4. Directly inquire as to whether the person is a narcissist.

    “Are you a narcissist?” is a simple question to ask someone who exhibits a clear pattern of narcissistic traits. “Do you consider yourself a narcissist?” or “Do you consider yourself a narcissist?” These blunt questions may appear startling, but research shows that when challenged with these questions, many narcissists not only openly admit to their narcissism, but also take joy in it. Because narcissists frequently feel inadequate on the inside, boasting about their egotistical appearance serves as a momentary diversion from their profound feelings of inadequacy.

    To convince a narcissist to become more reasonable, reconsider his or her conduct, or treat you with respect, it frequently takes more than an oblique or even a direct reminder.

    E.N. Carlson, E.N. Carlson, E.N. Carlson, Are you genuinely arrogant, or are you simply misunderstood? The awareness of narcissists’ narcissism. Identity and self-awareness. (2013)

    S. Konrath, B.P. Meier, and B.J. Bushman developed and validated a single-item narcissism scale (SINS). PLoS ONE is an open-access journal that publishes research findings (2014)

    S. van der Linden and S.A. Rosenthal Is it possible to assess narcissism with just one question? The Single-Item Narcissism Scale has been replicated and expanded (SINS). Individual Differences and Personality (2016)

    What are the signs of a narcissistic husband?

    Some of the same qualities that drew you to your partner in the first place, such as confidence, assertiveness, and a strong personality, may be the same ones that fuel their narcissism. Not all of the indications are evident, and some may make you wonder whether it’s you, not them, who’s the problem.

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    #1: You Feel Isolated

    Everyone drifts apart from some friends after a major life transition (marriage! babies! ), but if your life is suddenly littered with broken relationships, it’s time to take a step back and reconsider. “Narcissists often isolate their wives from their friends through a deliberate and methodical approach after marriage,” says Cristina Dorazio, Ph.D., a psychologist in New York City who specializes in individual and couple therapy. For example, your significant other might go out of his way to explain why he doesn’t like your friend. (According to studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, badmouthing others is a highly common narcissistic behavior.) “They can be extremely excellent at this,” Dorazio continues, “even making you wonder why you were ever friends in the first place.” This is especially true if you have pals who are “in on” your narcissistic spouse’s antics.

    #2: You’re Being Gaslighted

    Why can’t you laugh at yourself? That is something I never said! Why are you so irritable all of the time? You’re being overly cautious. Why are you unable to let go of the past? Nobody will ever love you as much as I do. These types of queries and statements are common among narcissists. “”It’s all part of the gaslighting,” Durvasula explains. An someone manipulates you by using words or actions to make you doubt and distort your own reality. “”I have never witnessed a narcissistic marriage where there was no gaslighting,” Durvasula says.

    #3: Praise Looks Like This

    There’s a strong probability your now-spouse lavished you with compliments before you married. (Narcissists are masters of seduction.) However, after the I Dos, things frequently change radically. The compliments may now only come when you’re among other people. “This gives the narcissist the appearance of being a wonderful husband in front of other people, contradicting any problems you might have afterwards,” explains Dorazio. Another flattering twist: While comments intended at you may fade, a narcissist may lavish praise on others in your sphere. “”They do that to feed your insecurity,” Dorazio explains.

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    #4: It Feels Like Your Partner Is Trying To Make You Jealous

    A narcissist may talk glowingly about an ex or flirt with someone right in front of you in addition to praising others. According to a 2017 study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, this isn’t an accident or a careless blunder, but a calculated attempt to make you envious. Researchers say narcissists use this to exert control and/or boost their self-esteem, in addition to fuelling their own insecurities.

    #5: There’s This Jealousy, Too

    When a newborn joins a narcissist’s family, Suzanne Degges-White, Ph.D., professor and chair of the school of counseling and higher education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, says jealousy is not unusual. “Because narcissistic spouses may resent the time you devote to childcare, he may begin to insist that you devote more time to the marriage than to the child.” This, however, is not the case everywhere. In fact, some narcissists radically shift their focus to the baby. “”These narcissists may perceive the child as an extension of themselves, so they co-opt the child, leaving you on the outside looking in when it comes to attention and family involvement,” explains Degges-White.

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    #6: Your Parenting Skills Are Criticized

    “”Narcissists frequently blame their children’s ‘poor’ conduct on their spouse’s lack of parenting abilities,” adds Dorazio. To add insult to injury, narcissists are frequently not as interested in child rearing as their spouse—and they frequently use their job as an excuse to avoid obligations. “In fact, if the narcissistic husband is the sole provider or earns more money in the marriage, he will frequently use this as a justification for not caring for the children, according to Dorazio.

    #7: They “Confide” In Your Family

    Narcissists are people who are consumed by themselves and lack empathy. It’s understandable that you’d turn to your support system to vent and commiserate over such behavior. What’s the catch? A narcissist may approach your family and friends before you have an opportunity to do so, knowing well well that you will. “”A narcissist might express concern that you’ve been acting a little ‘odd’ lately,” adds Dorazio. “Because if he confides in you about your troubling behavior first, he relieves himself of the burden.”

    #8: The Signature “Love Bombs” Dwindle

    You were probably inundated with evidence of admiration when you were dating, such as continuous love messages, flower deliveries, and surprise gifts. (You thought, this is how it feels to be swept off your feet!) However, after marriage, everything comes to a halt. “”You’ve been conquered through marriage, so you don’t need to court with ‘love bombs,'” says Dorazio, who adds that these expensive displays can return, but only when your spouse wants something from you. “For example, if you’re given a vacation as a surprise, you may be expected to express your thanks in a specific way, such as dressing a certain way while on the trip or being ready for sex whenever your spouse desires,” adds Dorazio.

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    #9: They Admit It!

    It turns out that identifying narcissists is rather simple, according to a survey involving over 2,200 people. Simply ask them the following questions: How much do you agree with the following statement: “”I’m a narcissist,” she says. You must also define “narcissist” at the same time, noting that it refers to someone who is conceited, self-centered, and vain. The reason this works, according to researchers, is that narcissists are practically proud of it.

    What is a narcissistic husband like?

    We live in a world that is becoming increasingly egotistical. Science and hard data both lead in this direction. ‘The’ “People are positively obsessed with the image they give to the world, thanks to the “look at me” mindset popularized by social media sites like Facebook. Furthermore, the detrimental repercussions of the self-esteem movement may now be visible on a greater scale. So, how does the rise in narcissism affect our daily lives? For starters, higher levels of narcissism imply more narcissistic relationships.

    Professor Brad Bushman of Ohio State University stated it succinctly: “”Narcissists are terrible partners in relationships.” According to studies, your narcissistic partner is more likely to engage in manipulative or game-playing behaviors and is less likely to be committed long-term in a narcissistic relationship. It might be difficult to maintain a relationship with a narcissist. Dr. Lisa Firestone, a psychologist and author, was interviewed to shed light on the usual results, problems, and impacts of a narcissistic relationship.

    What type of person marries a narcissist?

    It was Family Day recently, and I was thinking about the various varieties of families: single-parent families, blended families, LGBTQ families, mixed-race families, and multi-faith families.

    The severe narcissist’s family is the one I’m most interested in these days. I’ll write another post about the children of extreme narcissists after this one. I’d like to concentrate on their spouse for the time being.

    What makes a person marry a narcissist to the extreme? What motivates this person to remain with the narcissist for years? In such a marriage, how does the spouse feel? What personality qualities do extreme narcissists’ spouses have in common?

    The extreme narcissist is a person who has no empathy for other people. They believe they are superior to others and regard individuals as either facilitating or stopping them from achieving their goals.

    Love is impossible for the extreme narcissist. They can act as if it’s real, but it’ll never be. People are used, but they are unconcerned about their well-being. The extreme narcissist may appreciate what another person does for them, but they are unable to value or create a genuine bond with them.

    Everyone is expendable to the severe narcissist. People can be swapped out depending on the narcissist’s current wants. When you’re in a personal relationship with a narcissist, you’ll never be loved for who you are.

    The extreme narcissist harbors deep feelings of inadequacy and insecurity. As a result, they’re extremely sensitive and quickly offended. They need to be surrounded by adoring acolytes who are always praising them.

    The extreme narcissist craves admiration and adoration. They can’t stand being interrogated or challenged. As a result, their partner must always pamper them and never, ever make them feel awful about themselves.

    A wealthy or powerful extreme narcissist would seek for a partner who will make them look good in the eyes of others; someone who will bolster their fragile ego. They desire a partner who can help them gain a strategic advantage in social or business situations. They’ll marry a beautiful, wealthy, or well-connected woman. Even better, do all of the above.

    Extreme narcissists go through their partners in the same way they go through their other belongings. They’ll acquire what they need from their spouse and then trade them in for a new model, similar to how people upgrade their cars.

    Even if they’re prepared to put up with the narcissist’s selfish or nasty behavior, the spouse of an extreme narcissist shouldn’t expect to be with him or her for long.

    Outside of their family, the severe narcissist may appear attractive on the surface, but at home, their true, terrible colors emerge. They want to be recognized and praised, so they’ll go out of their way to curry favor with individuals who can speak well of them in public and strengthen their reputation.

    They don’t have to be cordial with their spouse at home. The prey has been caught, and the trophy has been obtained. The extreme narcissist’s partner should expect neglect at best and abuse at worst.

    A people-pleaser or another narcissist are the two types of people who will marry a severe narcissist. To form a mutually exploitative and mutually profitable relationship, one narcissist will marry another, possibly even more extreme narcissist.

    Both narcissists are aware that this relationship lacks love and is more akin to a business transaction than a deep, intimate bond. Both persons are manipulating the other to achieve their own objectives.

    In order to have an affluent lifestyle or more popularity, one narcissist will choose to marry a more extreme narcissist. They aspire to social prestige, power, and celebrity. They’ll establish their own brand with their spouse’s money and contacts.

    The marriage of a popular singer with a social media celebrity, or the marriage of a prominent head of state with a former model, are both examples of two narcissists together.

    When one of the narcissists in the marriage is more extreme and exploitative than the other, problems can occur. The other narcissist may grow enraged and retaliate. There will undoubtedly be problems.

    These relationships may continue if both couples are accomplishing their goals and neither feels oppressed, but ego clashes can sometimes lead to a disastrous break-up.

    Prepare to duck as missiles are hurled back and forth between two narcissists who are enraged at each other. Hell hath no fury like a narcissist scorned, to paraphrase an old proverb.

    On the other hand, a people-pleaser is the type of person who will marry a severe narcissist. This is someone who seeks love and validation from their partner. They believe that by being “nice,” they would be finally noticed and will feel better about themselves.

    Unfortunately, people-pleasers, such as extreme narcissists, are drawn to people-users. The extreme narcissist, on the other hand, is drawn to the pleaser because he or she believes that this person will give them exactly what they want, when they want it.

    The extreme narcissist exploits the pleaser until they’ve used them up in this scenario. After that, the narcissist moves on to the next victim. Frequently, the pleaser burns out, has a mental or physical collapse, or becomes enraged at having been so cruelly exploited and files for divorce.

    The pleaser, who may never fully heal from their experience with the extreme narcissist, rarely has a happy marriage. The narcissist, on the other hand, is significantly more cunning and unscrupulous, as well as emotionally impenetrable, and will almost always get away with it.

    When two narcissists marry, all bets are off, but it’s awful to witness the tender-hearted people-pleaser exploited so openly. If you notice any people-pleasing traits in yourself, be cautious about who you attract.

    The last thing you want is to be unhappily married to an extreme narcissist who is incapable of loving or seeing you for the wonderful and precious person that you are on family day next year.

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    What a narcissist does at the end of a relationship?

    Narcissists can become belligerent, passive-aggressive, hostile, and even more dominating after a relationship ends. People with NPD frequently fail to comprehend the needs and values of others. They are hyper-focused on their egos and do not consider the impact of their actions on others. In many circumstances, they will go to any length to reclaim their control.

    Following are seven things a narcissist might do after a relationship ends:

    Blame It on You

    A narcissist will frequently try to instill feelings of guilt and shame in others. They may distort the story to blame their partner for the relationship’s demise. This helps them retain their inflated self-esteem and provides them the power to persuade others to sympathize with them.

    A blaming narcissist would say anything like this:

  • “You didn’t want to give the relationship a chance,” says the narrator.
  • “You’re deserting me just when I need you the most.”
  • “You don’t keep your promises”
  • “You’re too self-centered to be concerned about my needs.”
  • “You’re expecting too much of me.”
  • Fight It

    Some persons who suffer from NPD will object to the split. They can do it explicitly (“I’m not going to accept that”) or indirectly (“You’re being stupid.”). Let’s simply have a conversation about it”). Unfortunately, these tactics frequently exhaust the other person. After all, it may appear to be easier to stay than to fight.

    A fighting narcissist could say something like this:

  • If you’re looking for a “”You don’t mean what you say.”
  • If you’re looking for a “I’m not going to listen to you because you’re overreacting.”
  • If you’re looking for a “No, we’re sticking together; we said we’d figure it out.”
  • If you’re looking for a “You won’t be able to back out now.”
  • Make You Jealous

    People with NPD frequently try to make their prior partners envious in order to “get even.” They might find a new companion quickly and share photographs and mushy words about them on social media.

    Their purpose is multi-fold: they want you to believe they’ve moved on and are happier without you; they also want you to doubt your intentions and second-guess why you ended the relationship; and they want you to believe they never cared about you in the first place.

    Jealousy, unfortunately, may be effective. It can cause emotions of uneasiness and uncertainty, as well as a sense of needing to compete, leading to a desire to seek vengeance rather than move on.

    Guilt You Into Staying

    Many narcissistic abusers try to use guilt to exert control over others. In many abusive relationships, guilt is a major factor (i.e., you feel guilty about ending things despite knowing you want out). 1 If you have a habit of breaking up with someone just to get back together again shortly, it could be a sign that you’re suffering with guilt over prioritizing your own needs.

    Things a narcissist might say in an attempt to guilt you:

  • If you’re looking for a “If you leave, I’m going to murder myself.”
  • If you’re looking for a “Nobody else understands me as well as you do.”
  • If you’re looking for a “Are you really going to end this while I’m still suffering the loss of my mother?”
  • If you’re looking for a “I’ll be OK; I’ll simply be alone, I guess. “Let’s hope nothing awful happens.”
  • Promise to Change

    When people with NPD are threatened, they frequently make spectacular pledges to change. They may even make an effort to change at times, though these efforts are rarely sustained.

    It’s a common fallacy that narcissists are unaware of their own actions. In fact, new evidence indicates that persons with NPD are aware of their symptoms. 2 This awareness, however, frequently clashes with their insatiable desire for self-control, entitlement, and recognition.

    Here are some of the things a prospective narcissist might say:

  • If you’re looking for a “”Things are going to change.”
  • If you’re looking for a “I’m going to therapy to seek some aid.”
  • If you’re looking for a “I’m going to put a lot of effort into working on my anger.”
  • If you’re looking for a “You are correct. “I’m all set now.”
  • Stalk You

    Stalking is a major problem that affects roughly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 17 men at some point in their lives, according to study. 3 The stalking is usually carried out by someone they know. It can take numerous forms, including unexpected appearances, spying, and using cyber methods like as placing tracking devices or breaking into password-protected information.

    Feign Crises

    While some crises or disasters are unavoidable, someone with NPD will frequently use stressors to gain your attention. These crises are designed to make you feel bad, especially if they know how to manipulate you.

    Here are some things you might hear from a narcissist who is staging a crisis:

  • “I know we’re no longer together, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m waiting for the results of my worrying blood tests from the doctor.”
  • “Just wanted to let you know that my dog passed away”
  • “I hope everything is going well for you.” I’ve improved; I’ve just lost my job.”
  • Seek Revenge

    Unfortunately, persons with NPD frequently find it difficult to accept defeat, and if they feel attacked or endangered, they may resort to vengeance. People are more inclined to seek revenge when they are driven by power or a desire for prestige, according to study. 4 If the narcissist is unable to fight you or persuade you to change your views, he or she may attempt to harm you in other ways.

    Here are some of the things you might hear from a vengeful narcissist:

  • “I’m going to court with you.” “You’re never going to see the kids again.”
  • “You’re the evil guy here, and it won’t be long before everyone realizes it.”
  • “You’re going to be sorry”
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    Do narcissist know they are hurting you?

    In some ways, it’s pointless to figure out what they’re up to because the end result is the same. People in narcissistic relationships repeatedly find themselves embroiled in the same disputes. Depending on the sort of narcissist they are dealing with, this is often followed by punishment, which can range from an intense confrontation to icy silence treatment.

    If you’re having a disagreement with a narcissist, Greenberg has produced an article that sets out the best technique to approach them. They think in a different way, thus disputes must be de-escalated in a different way as well.

    “Don’t expect a direct apology,” she clarified. “Use the word ‘we,’ and never ask them to absorb what happened – they won’t be able to.”

    Finally, being in a relationship with a narcissist is tiring, and you must understand that no matter how long you are with, they will never empathize with your feelings. Some people may eventually grow to be self-aware and recognize when they are harming you. However, this does not guarantee that they will be interested.

    “Narcissists are predisposed to abuse because they are hypersensitive, lack empathy, and lack object constancy,” Greenberg explained. “So they’re set up to take offense and be nasty because they don’t comprehend… For the non-narcissistic partner, it’s a lot of work.”

    What is the best thing to say to a narcissist?

    You include yourself in the behavior by stating “we” rather than “I” or “you.” Because the narcissist is likely enraged that you tried to protect yourself, you might try to remind them that you’re all in this together, and it’ll be better for everyone if they stop.

    How do I make my narcissistic husband happy?

    You’ve probably been wondering if you’re crazy, self-destructive, or masochistic if you love a narcissist, whether they’re officially diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) or just seem more focused on themselves than on you. Friends, family, and even your therapist may advise you to leave that person and find someone who truly loves you. And you’re probably reading a lot of material from both experts and nonprofessionals that makes you doubt your own sanity.

    However, there’s one thing you won’t hear very often: It can be both rewarding and challenging to love a narcissist. What can you do to help your love last if you truly love that man or woman and the relationship is working for the most part?

    There’s no way to know for sure whether or not a relationship will endure forever, but there are a few key questions you should ask yourself to ensure that yours is on the right track.

    1. Pay attention to yourself. You are not insane or self-destructive for falling in love with this individual, despite what you may have heard or read. Narcissists have a certain allure. They can also be wonderful lovers and great partners, as my PT colleague Elinor Greenberg writes—romantic, loving, and fantastic in bed. They may even appear to be attentive to your feelings and aware of your requirements.

    If you’re in a relationship with someone who makes you happy most of the time, it doesn’t matter what other people think of her or him—at least not for the most part. However, if you are continuously whining to your partner, friends, family, or coworkers, you may not be listening to yourself. Is this person making you feel horrible about yourself or hurting your feelings? Do you cling to her or him while you’re separated and when you’re together because you’re insecure?

    These are symptoms that the relationship isn’t right for you, but it might be difficult to recognize them when they occur. So pay attention to what you’re expressing about the relationship to others. You might hear something you don’t want to hear: that the connection isn’t really worth holding on to. The relationship may go south for a variety of reasons, none of which have anything to do with you (despite what your lover may attempt to convince you). Dan Shaw, one of my colleagues, explains why someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) can have problems loving you in the long run. Despite the challenges, leaving can be difficult, and I’ve previously discussed how difficult it can be to exit a relationship with a narcissist.

    2. Conduct a self-assessment. What psychoanalysts Frank Lachmann and Robert Stolorow refer to as “how much of your love for your partner” “”Golden by implication”? Do you have a more positive attitude toward yourself? “Because you’re with this individual, isn’t it “golden”? We stay with a narcissistic relationship because he or she makes us feel special—not because of what our partner says or does to or about us, but because of how others perceive and think of him or her. Others can appear to gleam with power and position, which others admire, look up to, and even envy.

    “The notion that their appreciation extends to us since we’re affiliated with them is known as “gilt by association.” However, consider whether the benefits of this partnership outweigh the sacrifices you’ll have to make. Would you feel better about yourself if you were alone, away from a critical or negligent partner, even if you didn’t get as much public stroking? However, if you listen to yourself and realize that you are receiving more out of this connection than you are not, try the following suggestions and see what occurs.

    3. Recognize and reward positive conduct. Researchers dispute about how vulnerable people with NPD are. Some claim to have low self-esteem in some areas, while others argue that such assertions of self-doubt are usually false. What appears to be critical, though, is that you realize where and how they need to improve their self-esteem. Global acclaim, for example, has been discovered by researchers “”You’re amazing!”—does little to address the insecurity that people with NPD experience. Instead, complimenting a specific activity, such as how well she handled a difficult situation at work or how much your child appreciated how he read the bedtime tale last night, can reinforce the behavior and improve self-esteem if it is a problem.

    4. Incorporate mindfulness into your relationship by practicing it yourself. According to research, mindfulness techniques can benefit some people with NPD, especially in areas where behavioral adjustments are needed. Mindfulness activities, for example, can help individuals learn to identify when they’re getting upset and how to change their behavior. These modifications are often more about altering one’s conduct than changing one’s sentiments, but modest behavioral changes can make a great impact in helping a relationship flow smoothly. However, some people with NPD may have a negative reaction to being told they need to be more mindful, which is why it’s often better to start your own mindfulness practice first, and then urge your spouse to try it once you’ve improved your own self-awareness.

    How do narcissists treat their wives?

    Narcissists see their spouses as trophies under their control, and they may expect obedience and adoration from them throughout the relationship. Manipulation of a spouse is emotional abuse, and narcissists will engage in some fairly heinous behavior if they believe they are losing control of their partner.

  • Jealousy is a negative emotion. When they are afraid of losing a partner’s interest, they may create situations that cause jealousy in their partners in order to gain power and control in the relationship. Narcissists with the most fragile egos may also induce jealousy in order to exact revenge on partners, test the relationship, prove relationship security, and boost their own self-esteem.
  • Shame. Narcissists will often try to make their spouses feel bad about any actions that the narcissist perceives as disrespectful or lacking in gratitude. Narcissists are master manipulators who have no qualms about distorting a partner’s words or behavior to make her feel guilty or sorry about things for which she has no need to feel bad.
  • Dangers. If a partner begins to exhibit independence or behaves in ways that contradict the narcissist’s expectations, narcissists often threaten to quit the relationship.
  • Love You, Love You Not: The Endless Cycle of Romantic Abuse

    Narcissists require their partners to appreciate them, and every day must be a “praise fest.” When they sense that their partner’s interest in them is waning or their passion for them is waning, they may become anxious to reclaim the person’s devotion. They may spend a lot of money on gifts or make over-the-top romantic grand gestures in order to get their lover to place them back on the pedestal.

    Running late for a date, needing to go into work early, hanging out with your friends, or forgetting to wear the attire that the narcissist intended you to wear can all cause worry and fear in a narcissist.

    Is the Narcissist or the Former Partner the “Crazy Ex”?

    Narcissists who excel at gaining others’ admiration and praise are more likely to experience a large number of broken relationships. They are skilled at seducing prospective mates in the hopes of finding someone “larger and better” who will make the narcissist feel “bigger and better” as well. They’ll also strive to make each new conquest believe they’ve been the victim of previous break-ups. They tend to exaggerate their own positive attributes while vilifying their ex-partners. It’s more likely that the “crazy present boyfriend or girlfriend” is the one who continues in a relationship with a narcissist; it’s not the exes that are crazy; they were smart and left the relationship.

    Blaming

    People in healthy relationships make allowances for their partners’ errors. When you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, you’re responsible for any bumps on the road or misunderstandings. Narcissists are unwilling to accept responsibility for any interpersonal or personal issues. Because any harm to their self-esteem is simply not allowed, narcissists blame others for their own inadequacies. You may come to accept that you are less than your partner, to minimize yourself, and to take criticism as deserved, whether or not it is.

    Expectations of Perfection

    Unfortunately, those who choose to stay in relationships with narcissists are most likely in mutually reliant rather than interdependent relationships with their partners. Narcissists seek mates who are positive mirrors of themselves. They desire to have complete control over their partners in a variety of ways, such as what they wear, how they speak, who they see, and so on.

    Yoyo Dynamics

    When a narcissist tightens their grip on a partner’s self-expression, their partners may fight back, which causes narcissists to lose their calm and succumb to their fear. The relationship can resemble a yoyo in that you try to get some distance but end yourself falling back into previous behaviors. This might continue until the narcissist tires of you or you no longer fulfill their wants.

    Boundary Setting Is a Challenge

    Narcissists can’t deal with a partner’s limits because they can’t see a partner existing outside of the relationship. Narcissists objectify individuals and use them to suit their own demands; they don’t comprehend what partners need in terms of space and autonomy. If you try to claim some space for yourself while being used to prop up a narcissist’s ego, the narcissist may believe you are attempting to take away a piece of their own identity. In the eyes of the narcissist, your devotion to the narcissist’s wants is a measure of the narcissist’s self-worth. When you take a step back, narcissists will strive even harder to get you back into their lives.

    Narcissists and the Elusive Friendships

    When you have to play the position of sycophant or superfan all of the time when you’re with a narcissist, it’s not a lot of fun. Narcissists have a hard time admitting that connections founded on a master/lackey model don’t last. The narcissist is unable to comprehend the normal flow of “give-and-take” friendships. It’s not that narcissists try to alienate potential friends; in fact, they may not even know it.

    What happens when you marry a narcissist?

    If you’re thinking about marrying a narcissist, here’s what to expect in your relationship. Because narcissism is a characterological illness, you should expect to marry someone who is incapable of establishing a healthy, close interpersonal connection. Your marriage will be the most significant connection in your life, so choose carefully who you marry. If you marry a narcissist, you will be joining forces with someone who lacks empathy. Empathy is required for compassion and awareness to others’ feelings. While you may not be physically mistreated or assaulted, your heart will be destroyed 10,000 times in this relationship. Even if you believe you are a “strong” person who can handle anything, your strength is denial, not strength. The following list is by no means complete, but it is instructive:

  • He is always the one to define the terms.
  • You’ll have a set of double standards that you’ll live by.
  • You will not be taken seriously.
  • He is incapable of resolving a quarrel.
  • He will only consider your feelings if they are beneficial to him in some way.
  • He’ll never say sorry.
  • For him, the most important thing is how he appears to others.
  • He’ll sabotage all of your birthdays and vacations (probably because somehow he needs to make everything about him.)
  • Mutuality, collaboration, and cooperation will be minimal to non-existent.
  • Your expectations will be whittled down to crumbs, to the point where you’ll be content simply because he’s not ignoring you, yelling at you, or cheating on you.
  • You will never be victorious.
  • In his view, your worth will be decreased to the point of insignificance. Strangers, in fact, will carry more weight in his eyes than you.
  • He’ll try to use you as a scapegoat.
  • He’ll throw his humiliation and wrath on you.
  • Simple conversations will devolve into irrational pursuits.
  • You’ll feel as though you’re walking on eggshells.
  • You’ll lose yourself because you’ll be taught to concentrate solely on his emotions and reactions, rather than your own.
  • You’ll be subjected to the quiet treatment.
  • You’ll have cognitive dissonance, confabulation, and gas lighting, among other things.
  • You’ll find yourself instructing an adult on how to interact with others in a regular manner.
  • Your relationship will go through a cycle of waiting, hoping, suffering, being furious, forgiving, forgetting, and waiting some more.
  • He will blame you for all of the relationship’s issues.
  • You’ll be the one to blame.
  • He’ll exploit your flaws to his advantage.
  • You’ll have many spectacular exits, followed by the N reappearing as if nothing strange had happened.
  • He’ll play the part of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.
  • He will not shoulder his fair share of home duties.
  • He has the freedom to come and go as he pleases.
  • If you try to keep him accountable, he’ll become enraged.
  • He will not directly respond to inquiries.
  • He will never inquire about your day or wish you “good luck.” He will never show concern for your concerns (unless it is something he is concerned about.)
  • You’ll feel trapped and powerless to escape him.
  • You will constantly miss him and wait for him.
  • He’ll blame his poor behavior on you, and you’ll blame your good intentions on him – neither is true.
  • When you ultimately break because of his insane conduct and the insanity of the relationship, he’ll call you a lunatic, others will think you’re a lunatic, and you’ll think you’re just as awful as him (realize, there is no moral equivalence betweenexpressing frustration and intentional abuse.)
  • No one else will be able to see it (except maybe the kids.) This will make you doubt your own reality.
  • Because it is interpersonal violence, the entire event will be traumatic for you.
  • You’ll start to feel insane, then numb, as time goes on.
  • Why Couples counseling will not work, and it will very certainly backfire on you. (Please understand that you do not have a marital problem; your partner is suffering from a mental ailment.)

  • If you ever say “No” to a loved one, you will pay a high price.
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    I could go on and on, but for now, 40 points will enough. You see what I mean.

    When these issues might apply to either gender, I use the pronoun “He.” Remember that no one, not even a narcissist, has a “one size fits all” description. These habits are general and vary in severity depending on your loved one’s personality. Having said that, it’s incredible how similar these people are. Even if your narcissist is a parent, the dynamics of your relationship are likely to be similar to those of a narcissistic spouse.

    To sum up, my counsel to anyone considering marrying a narcissist may be found here.

    If you’ve already married him and it’s too late, see Divorcing a Narcissist.

    How does a narcissist end a marriage?

    Leaving a narcissistic relationship is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to do. Narcissists rely on their supply, which consists of the people they emotionally, financially, and psychologically deplete. They require someone to abuse and manipulate in order to meet their wants and prove to themselves that they are better, stronger, and smarter than everyone else.

    You’ll be fatigued from the love bombing, gaslighting, and frequent battles, so leaving an abusive relationship with a narcissist is difficult. But it is doable if you believe your instincts, set clear boundaries, and continually reminding yourself why you need to leave.

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