Because they are so dependent on other people to build them up, any attempt to correct them or disagree with them may be seen as a nuclear attack."Although some narcissists are more introverted, many narcissists react defensively and even aggressively, to personal criticism or failures," Van der Linden explains.
Narcissists in romantic relationships often come on strong and fast, overwhelming you with their attention—at least at first, says Evie Shafner, M. "By the time a narcissistic partner starts to show their true colors, you may feel addicted to wanting their love," she explains.
"But if your partner is bullying you in any way, don't ignore the signs, even if they are charming."They have a long string of short relationships.
It's not unusual these days to have quite a few previous relationships.
But if your partner seems unable to stay in a relationship for more than a few months, there may be a good reason why.
"Everyone has the potential to show some narcissistic traits from time to time.
The more difficult line to draw is where expressions of narcissism start to interfere with someone's ability to function in society or to maintain healthy and fruitful relationships with others."Narcissism may be a positive in some circles—it's said that a greater proportion of CEOs have this trait—but one place it definitely hurts is in your love life.Narcissists are initially perceived as charming and confident, but over the long haul this superficial charm tends to turn into aggressive and domineering behavior, Van der Linden explains."Severe" narcissists exploit friendships and romantic relationships for personal gain and they lack a general sense of empathy—meaning they'll use you, throw you away, and not even feel bad about it.Making a good first impression is the narcissist's specialty, according to a study published in .They come off as the most confident, sexy, alluring, charming, and popular person in the room.And a quick look at reality TV, sports, and politics shows they might be right.