A narcissist is arrogant and expects special treatment — whether or not he or she does things to warrant it.
If you’re wondering whether your partner could have been a narcissist, it helps to know these basic traits.
Dating someone new can be hard enough, but it can be especially challenging if you start seeing someone who believes they are superior or special to everyone else — because that probably includes you.
This can bring a lot of different issues to the relationship that can be damaging if you don't know how to handle them.
If you say something that's a good idea, don't expect credit from a deeply entrenched narcissist.
But he's likely to say your idea later as if it was his own.
But despite a self-loving exterior, this overconfidence can actually be hiding a fragile self -esteem and someone unable to take criticism.
People with NPD love the image of themselves they try to create.
Some research has suggested that narcissists are especially hostile during conflicts with their romantic partners, such as one study which followed 146 newlywed couples and assessed them six times over the first four years of marriage.
This is because having a grandiose personality means they think they are the hero of the situation every time, which makes it hard for them to consider that they may be wrong.
Another study looked at 190 couples at college, and showed that aggression between them was higher when a partner engaged in what they called "grandiose exhibitionism," or showing off.
They succeed in watching out for themselves and, at the same time, respond with generosity and compassion.
When you say something to them, they seem to hear it and take it seriously.
Narcissistic men want their way, pay insufficient attention to what others want, and can be pretty tough to get along with.