Most people know narcissists throughout their lives. These people put themselves above others. When it comes to conversation, they will be their own favorite subject. Often, they are manipulators and control others.
Marriage can be difficult, but it is glaringly more difficult when married to a narcissist. How do you know that you are married to someone with narcissism? Huffington post has several signs of a narcissist that you can look out for.
What are the difficulties in a narcissistic marriage?
If you are married to a narcissist, your marriage could be extremely complex and difficult. Most will not know that they married a narcissist in advance. When you meet someone who has NPD, or narcissistic personality disorder, he or she will not show signs right away. In fact, narcissists are notably manipulative. Additionally, most narcissists are not aware that they are narcissistic themselves. In fact, they may even claim that others are. If you are married to a narcissist, your partner may be emotionally abusive and will never let you win an argument.
What are the signs of a narcissist?
According to the DSM-IV, there are nine symptoms. In addition to arrogance, lack of empathy and envy, narcissists may display the following:
- Preoccupation with success and power
- Grandiose ideas of self-importance
- Belief that only special or high status people can understand them
- Exploitive of people in their lives
- Desires excessive admiration
- Expects favorable treatment with strong sense of entitlement
At first, a narcissist will be charming and likable. He or she will show his or her true colors over time through both actions and discussion.