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Dating a Narcissist

Signs You’re Dating a Narcissist

You may have heard the term “narcissist” before, usually describing an extremely self-absorbed individual. However, what exactly is narcissism?

Narcissistic personality disorder is an ongoing, pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy. It also describes a sense of entitlement and a belief that one is superior. 

A narcissist’s behaviour can be self-destructive and hurtful to those around them, including their family members and children. Seeing this type of behaviour in someone you love can be tough—especially when you don’t know exactly what to look out for.

Let this article help you determine whether or not you are dating someone with this personality disorder.

1 – They’re Overly Concerned with How Other People See Them

The narcissist is known to be self-obsessed. They spend excessive time and energy on their looks and how they want to be seen in the eyes of others. 

They will do everything to make sure that they look good and that they make a perfect first impression on the people around them. Their hair, facial features, clothes and accessories, and the way they treat you must always be on point.

It is important to note that this behaviour can still be a normal part of human nature. However, the narcissist takes this to the extreme, and their self-esteem is basically built upon what other people think of them. 

2 – They Always Talk About Themselves

One of the most prominent signs of a narcissist is that they talk about themselves too much. They have an ongoing need to talk about their lifestyle, interests, business, and possessions. 

They want to ensure that you know that they’re successful, how important they are, and how great their life is.

When you first start dating someone, it is natural to talk about your interests, but the narcissist will ensure that they are always the focus of the conversation. 

They will talk about what they do and where they go. They do this to make it seem as if they are so important that you can’t get enough of them. 

3 – They Manipulate You

A narcissist is never going to value you for who you are. They will only value you for what you can do for them. 

Narcissists are incredibly manipulative, and they will do whatever it takes to get what they want. They don’t care about your needs or wants, and they will make you feel like you don’t matter in the relationship.

They will use your emotions to push you to make decisions in their best interest. They are going to push your buttons, and they will use your beliefs and emotions against you to make them look good.

4 – They Do Not Know Empathy

A narcissist has no empathy. They will never try to understand what you are going through or what you need to hear. Their mind is always focused on themselves, and they do not care about how you or others feel.

One of the fastest ways to tell if someone is a narcissist is by looking at their behaviour. If they are constantly using their words to make you feel bad about yourself, they will not be able to care about your feelings in the long run. 

Furthermore, they will always find a way to make it seem as if their behaviour is justifiable. 


If you care about who you’re dating, it is essential to look out for signs of a narcissist. They are hard to spot at first, and they want to appear to be the perfect partner. However, you will be able to notice their narcissistic behaviour as you get to know them more. 

If you feel like you are in a relationship with a narcissist, it may be best to place yourself at a safe distance to mitigate the psychological distress they may cause. You may advise them to seek professional help—or get some help yourself.

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