7 Tell tale signs your dealing with a Narcissistic individual i

Whether your Narcissistic encounters are personal or professional, there are tell tale signs that you’re dealing with a narcissistic person. The following are seven signs that Narcissist do!

1. They make it clear they know everything.

Narcissists don’t hesitate to educate lawyers about the legal system or enlighten doctors about medicine. After all, they know more about everything than anyone else, and they’re not afraid to show it. In fact, they can be expected to argue, educate, and inform you about virtually every topic you bring up in conversation, they don’t shy away from disagreements or opportunities to tutor others about their way of thinking. They truly believe they know better then any healthcare professional or lawyer making any conversations about these topics with them very painful and aggravating.

2. They insist on being the exception to the rule.

Narcissist feel that rules are for people who aren’t smart enough to make good decisions on their own, but they know/ think they’re the exception to the rule because of their intelligence. And so the usual rules, laws, or policies don't apply to them. They’re often good at manipulating others to bend the rules for them, reinforcing the fact they are rule breakers and are often in trouble with the law.

3. They project an image of superiority.

Narcissists care greatly about their image. They want to make sure they appear wealthy, popular, and elite. They’re often materialistic and greatly enjoy name dropping, as associating themselves with the most well known family or famous friends makes them feel important. Even though these items and people may exists, more often then not they are not part of the Narcissist life.

4. They make a great first impression, but quickly wear out their welcome.

At first the Narcissists’ charming personalities tend to win them favor with new people. They may come across as self assured, exciting and maybe the most endearing and engaging person in the room. But over time, their extreme selfishness causes people to run the other way. And I mean run!!

5. They boost their egos by implying others are inferior.

Not only do narcissists need to establish how superior they are and how inferior others are they also tend to imply that everyone else is less intelligent, has less experience or even not likable. No matter how much education someone else may have, the narcissist, he or she is actually the real and only expert.

6. They assume everyone adores them.

The narcissist truly believes that everyone from former past lovers, all family members and even co- workers holds them in high regard—and assumes that anyone who doesn’t like them must be just really jealous of them. But while they can be very sensitive to criticism, they try to dismiss any negative comments about their personality or performance, and may try to punish anyone who would dare express a negative opinion about their character.

Narcissists have no problem admitting they are narcissists. They think they deserve special treatment and they don't try to hide this. Research shows that if you want to know if a person is Narcissistic just ask them. They will have no problem telling you. And then you have to establish healthy boundaries and keep an emotional distance.

7. They put their own feelings ahead of other people’s needs.

The most telling characteristic of a Narcissist is a lack of empathy. They don’t care about other people's feelings or needs. Everything they do centers around them. They don’t care what type of pain they inflict on others. While unsupportive and manipulative, they can fake empathy when it helps them look better. But they lack a genuine desire to put anyone else’s needs above their own desires. Their attempt to fake empathy when it helps them feel better is often felt as forced to someone with normal empathetic feelings.

Narcissists have no problem admitting they are narcissists. They think they deserve special treatment and they don't try to hide this. Research shows that if you want to know if a person is Narcissistic just ask them. They will have no problem telling you. And then you have to establish healthy boundaries and keep an emotional distance.

If you believe you fit the criteria of a narcissist, you are probably right!

(If you'd like to try it for yourself, the researchers have set up a quick interactive quiz for the public to take.)

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