So just what traits does someone with narcissism have, and what does that person look like in the early stages of dating?
The literature on malignant narcissism is extensive, yet many are not informed about the dangers of being involved with someone whose character or actions tend toward narcissism.
I find that clients who were entangled in relationships with such individuals have more healing to do from breaks in these relationships than if they had been in relationships with healthy individuals, because often these clients are manifesting symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
The following is an attempt at a primer on such individuals.
For further study, please refer to the resources listed at the end of the article, as the subject is quite vast.
One could wonder, then, how someone would find such an individual, someone who embodies these characteristics, attractive.
Well, studies show (Brown, 2013) that people with narcissism market themselves in attractive, deceptive packages.I pride myself on being a strengths-focused therapist, in direct opposition of any of such disempowering diagnostic nomenclature.However, as time progressed, I found in my own therapy practice that, indeed, there exist some individuals on this planet with narcissistic challenges.The partner who has exhibited narcissistic personality traits, who was once a knight in shining armor, is now a mere fantasy, because he or she acted through mind control and brainwashing (Brown, 2013).So how does one avoid encountering someone with narcissism?My clients educated me about the aftermath of what it is to heal from narcissistic abuse.