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Dating a Narcissist

Another Reason Not to Date a Narcissist

Most people believe they are better than others. It's actually quite average to think so! Mild to moderate amounts of narcissism are good for self-preservation and help us not crumble in the face in criticism, but a few people take it to new levels.

If you know an all-out narcissist, you probably know about narcissistic rage. They unleash it freely and frequently whenever they feel criticized or threatened, which is pretty much all the time. Their low levels of empathy, sense of entitlement, and delusional self-image make them prone to aggression and revenge, and those closest to them feel their wrath the most.

Now a study has found that nobody suffers more from a male narcissist's anger than the straight women in his life — most likely a girlfriend or wife. A psychologist behind the research at Kent State University says heterosexual women, more than straight or gay men or lesbian women, are the prime target for rage. They're the ones who can provide, and deny, pleasure from sex and undermine feelings of power and status — proving once again it's all about the narcissist in the end.

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cdelaney cdelaney 6 years
Agreed, elye. ^ My stepdad is a narcissist and has put my mom and I through hell for years. My brother has no idea what we have experienced and how we've been mistreated. Suffice to say, my mom is in a process of a divorce that has been long overdue.
elye elye 6 years
"nobody suffers more from a male narcissist's anger than the straight women in his life — most likely a girlfriend or wife" Or his daughter(s).
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
One of my coworkers is a narcissist. It's like dating, only we can't break up. :eyeroll:
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 6 years
Wheeeere was this article years ago. Oh dear.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
I dated a narcissist, too, and in some ways I'm still recovering. Like Glowingmoon said, it's the manipulation (and then the victimy "poor me, how could you accuse me of xyz?" stuff) that is so tedious and awful. And like her, I can now spot a narcissist quickly and easily -- and I RUN!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Many, many years ago, I had a short dating stint with a narcissist (the narcissism was undiagnosed, but he had other diagnosed personality disorders, and was taking meds for them). We were casually dating for a few months (non-exclusive), and it was A NIGHTMARE. He was awfully manipulative, and put me through hell. Needless to say, I walked away from him quickly. The upside is that I can spot a narcissist quickly (due to that experience). I artfully shy away from narcissists these days.
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