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ARE YOU IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A NARCISSIST? THESE 7 SIGNS ARE INDISPUTABLE, AND WILL TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Living with someone who displays narcissistic personality traits can be challenging, to say the least. Although you may love the person, their narcissistic traits often leave you feeling confused, belittled, ashamed, and even unloved.

It is helpful to know why they act this way. People who display narcissistic traits have built a defense against their underlying insecurities, unresolved conflicts, and unpleasant memories or feelings, which comes out as toxic (and harmful) behaviour. Chances are, these people were rejected in some way during their childhood, by the very ones who were supposed to show them unconditional love and support. Now, they simply defend their feelings of rejection by repeatedly telling themselves, and others, that they are perfect and lovable.

RECOGNIZING POTENTIAL NARCISSISTIC TRAITS CAN AT LEAST HELP YOU TO MAKE SENSE OF SEEMINGLY SENSELESS BEHAVIOUR. IF YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE 7 SIGNS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP. THEN YOU’RE LIKELY INVOLVED WITH A NARCISSIST:

1. GASLIGHTING

Gaslighting, or “crazy making,” is a manipulation technique narcissists often employ to get what they want. They will tell you things like, “I never said that,” and make you doubt your own sanity. When you try to point out something they said or did that hurt you, they make you feel like the crazy one because they act like your reaction to their abuse is irrational.

Yashar Ali writes, “Those who engage in gaslighting create a reaction — whether it’s anger, frustration, sadness — in the person they are dealing with. Then, when that person reacts, the gaslighter makes them feel uncomfortable and insecure by behaving as if their feelings aren’t rational or normal.”

Related: How To Prevent, Recognize and Recover from Gaslighting

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