You deserve a person who wants the same type of serious relationship as you. Leave the narcissist and make room for a partner who wants a healthy committed relationship. If your partner exhibits any of the above behaviors, you are probably dating a narcissist or an emotional manipulator.
The diagnosis is not as important as the fact that you are in an unhealthy relationship with a toxic person. You should get out of this relationship as soon as possible. There is never an excuse for abuse. Have you ever dated or been in a relationship with a narcissist or emotional manipulator? Please share your stories below. Discover why men disappear The guide is yours FREE by clicking here. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Best wishes and keep your eyes and your radars all open and operating properly so you can catch the sign before you are financially and emotionally broke!
How do I break up with him and still have peace? I am currently stuck in a similar situation, not expecting a baby, but getting into some kind of committed agreement. I am also feeling abit helpless now. He will not care about the baby as much as he says he does… Just get out. Its just to keep you there but trust me that he does not care about the child. My ex is not only a married man, but he also has Narcissist personality disorder. He would treat me like the best and next moment blame his wife or me for everything.
His wife knows about us and his previous affair but sneered and smirked together with him when I mentioned it. But i dunno why I still want to go back to him. Great article and very informative. I started dating a narcissist a couple of months ago. Totally changed my life completely. Not sure how to move on, I can barely get out of bed — I cry every day.
I know my family and friends are getting tired of me dwelling. They all constantly tell me to move. I feel I was beaten to a pulp mentally. He constantly would tell me I have no substance in my life. I walked on eggshells — he belittled me to no end. I wonder now, how long will the relationship last with his new girlfriend.
This is going to be tough, especially living in a very small town. Just makes me so sick!!!! Never had such a horrific heartbreak!! I feel the blame for everithingt that happent. Even when he chated me i thought it was my fault. My self-esteem is so low now. Hi Sel, i have just found this page as i am currently going through some things myself. I see your post was uploaded earlier in the year. I hope you are feeling better now? Whenever you get down about things and think of him with other people, just remember the way he was with you is exactly the way he will treat them.
He is sick and unless he realises this and wants help, he will always be the same no matter who he is with. Even if they look happy in pictures, i assure you behind closed doors he will treat her the same after awhile. Just ask yourself how many people knew you were unhappy while you were with him? Or did you hide it well to protect him from being judged by others??
I know i did. He may start of nice, as they all do but eventually she will experience the same things you did. Try to feel thankful you are not with him anymore because he actually did you a favor by letting you go. I am in a 23 year relationship with a woman that craves attention from men not that she has ever cheated on me. I found out after she complained that I was ignoring her that she had met a younger man on her cell phone on what site I still do not know and was sending him a lot of money from her inheritance until she found out he was a scammer.
At first she was angry almost blaming me for him not being real and I also found out that they had been texting each other sexually. Now she is finally asking for forgiveness and telling me she is so sorry! I told her I would stay only if we went to marriage counseling. She said she is going to get counseling for herself first which caught me off guard.
I was glad she has decided to do this. Everybody makes a mistake and I have forgiven her! I went back once, and it lasted a month. I loved her deeply and was committed completely to this person.
But, I soon realized she would seek attention wherever she could get it. I understand that underneath it all she is insecure about herself, as every so often she would cry about her lack of accomplishments in life. What I have read about the narcissistic relationship resonates wtih my. My lower self esteem kept me in this relationship of being with a person who was always the center of attention. My self esteem is better off without having a narcissistic partner. I am in the exact same situation……trapped. Sounds to me like you are the narcissist and not the soon to be former spouse.
What do you think about that? So am I plus my soon to be X did stray with other women and had an affair!
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Our marriage was cold and soleless! He even said it was all my fault he strayed and al he wants is someone to love and look after him! No mention of me! It was a one sided relationship with his wants and desires! Article has hit the nail right on its head! Awful marriage I felt trapped for 28 years!
I was the passive woman! It will never work and you will never be happy in this one sided relationship! I have been with my spouse for 25yrs. I just recently learnt abt narcissism. My spouse fits almost all the traits. I have tried to leave so many times but I am trapped because of my teenage son. I kept trying to fix it and thinking i could get them to see they aint treat me right but i learned narcissist feel like you are not worthy enough to tell them how they are acting.
To a narcissist they are always right and you are always wrong. You are nobody without them so it is a blessing to be with them. My mother is s narcissist and growing up i was codependent on her. I didnt decided to leave my mother and separate from husband. They both have destroyed my life with their narcissism.
My life is beyond repair. I can only manage the damage and not let them add to it. I am starting over, new everything, even career. They killed my passion to work with the mentally challened. They got me in serious debt from constantly spending my money while keeping theirs. They controlled me and my money.
It is going to take 10 years to get myself and life back to the way it was when i didnt have them in my life. He has humiliated me and denied me in front of his friends and work staff. He convinced me to give up most of my money to his family house saying it was ours. After I find out that the house is only in his and his mothers name.
He made sure he paid off his credit card bills while i paid for our childs education, his dental work and om everything else so i couldnt pay off my education loan.
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I have asked for a separation and moved to another part of the house. To retiliate when i must speak about business or our child he stonewalls. It will be a big loss, only taking a tv and laptop with me but i just want the narcissist abuse behind me. I spent 17 years with his condescending remarks daily, physical abuse and all different kind of mental and emotional. It got so bad that i almost had a heart attack twice. Two doctors asked me in my face was i being abused cause they suspect that i am. My cluster migrains returned worse which is a red flag that i am under alot of stress.
Reading your story brought back so many Memories. My story is different but the same. I finally reached a point that something was wrong with me… i was going crazy… i was almost convienced i was manic! So I found a phycologist. I would make every excuse to myself not too, but i went. I started to understand why i couldnt breathe , i was a time bomb!
I was with my ex for 27 yrs. It took 3 yrs for me too either walk away from or loose everything i had worked so HARD to hold onto. My husband was in and out of jail because of substance abuse…. I never really bad mouthed their father, but you can bet he did me to them… After 20yrs working with parents i couldnt do it anymore. I sent one son to california and one to florida to school so their father couldnt mess with their mind. My youngest was hurt the worst…she had a part time mother and a verbally abusive father her senior year.
She started down her fathers path and i had to let her go. The only chance we had was me getting strong and educated… i had to help myself first… broke my heart! My boys were screwing up and agAin i was supporting. I had to cut them off…. Kill me now I new in my heart i would be here when the time was right but for now i was done helping them ruin their lives.
I was alone and it took everything in my body and sole not to go back to what i knew. I had to change this cycle…. My parents become ill and my sister comes to help… within a year both pass and my sister is trustee of their large estate…. I had lost everything and homeless, no job, no vehichle and 2 friends who nursed me back to life… I know your suffering and your fear!
I know faith and i know for me god took care of what i needed At the time… i somehow ate everyday and had someones roof over my head. I had people building me up not tearing me down… i am becoming the person i thought i was! My ex died by suicide during all this and i hate to say but brought my children back too me and we are all getting stronger… Today is the first time i have been able to put any of this into words without the anxiety and anger… thank you!
The longer you wait the more you will be broken. You have to finally break to repair years of damage you dont even know is there. There is a beautiful life past narccissism and it brutal betrayel. You will be in my thoughts! You are worth it!!!!!! When I was a kid , I would always think of how my life would be when I got older. I would get married and together we would save money for a house and have children and 2 cars and try to live a normal life. I wish I could leave even though im the bread winner,she has beat on me many times until I throw her off.
John, more than a narcissist she sounds like a sociopath. Sociopaths have no empathy for others, like many narcissists, but the difference is a sociopath aims to enjoy hurting others either emotionally or physically. They manipulate everyone and everyone, including family, is just a piece on a game board for them to use for their own sick, self-serving goals. I believe ur correct I had Bn married to a cross between these two types of people rolled into a one destructive package.
We were married 12 years n fortunately he left me n the kids but his evilness continues n he only uses his parents, our kids n myself for creating toxic situations. We actually had a brief time were he left all of us alone to travel but when he retuned it was worst!
What can be done to survive this type of person. This man has already helped cause the early death of His father with constant worry n bailing this person out of every imagine able situation n finally his father to die. This person then plans his dads funeral before the last his dads last breath n has already stole all the valuable items from his home within hours after the funeral.
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The are two children early teens n his mom that I am concerned what will happen now that he has Will in hand n only thing that stands between him n millions are these children n his mom. What took his years to build as a great family has now been n will be destroyed by this outa control adult that is very intelligent w such evil! YOUT hink they will change I guess or you think you can love them enough to make it better. I hope your ok now. However, I have been through the exact same position with the narcissistic woman in my life.
Drop me a line if you would like to share your experiences with someone who has been there too. He does complement me on both physical and personal levels and We have so much in common. This is not always though and with his jokes, he swears they are just jokes. Is he really a Narc or is he maybe a little immature sometimes less considerate?
During a recent vacation, I also noticed that he tends to be attracted to anyone who pets his eggo and wants to give him attention specially if they are attractive, man or women. I feel extremely blessed to have him in my life, we have a great intimate life and so many good times together. Am I just focussing on the negative? I realize that I am also no where near a perfect partner in this relationship.
If you have such doubts with evidence, ie his behavior. Since we are taught loving is a giving gesture, oft times we forget we are supposed to get a bit back too. Sounds like he needs an accessory in human form. Most men have quite a bit of conceit and arrogance, but you need to go to a website and find a listed symptom or list of red flags of a narcs behavior and see how many are there. Once they find ego stroking is exhausting to you, in the degree they, narcs, need it, hon that make the whole deal over pdq.
I still see this woman today but feeling stressed, losing sleep, debating daily whether I should leave her or not. She demonstrates very little interest in me or my loved ones, never believes or trusts my opinion, only hers is valid it seems. When I put lots of effort into providing help with an issue, she rudely criticizes it. I simply feel like everything I say, all I do, all I own, all my friends…have no value for her. Be courageous, your health is number one! I will try to practice what I preach and put an end to this suffering before I lose my pride and damage my health.
Get out sooner rather than later. Nadia plz take my advice married 13 yrs to a Narc with 3 kids RUN and as fast as you can!!!! PLZ do not make the same mistake I did and stay it will only get harder!!! Nadia, i feel I am in a similar situation. I have been dating a man for just under a year who I think may be indeed a Narcissist. We watched a movie last night that stated seven characteristics of the disease—and he had them all. I immediately put it together; it hit me like a ton of bricks.
And then researched it after he left, and was truly amazed. Thought it was cute and playful at first, until i realized how inflated his ego really was, and that he was actually to some extent, serious. He is very attractive, and I tell him that a lot. Not that it was a great compliment to begin with He has compliment issues. He is so so so quiet, like one of the most quiet people i know. But only in small groups i have finally noticed.
Alone with me, he can be sullen and say nothing but a word for hours. But in a large group, he certainly craves attention, suddenly he becomes this extreme extrovert that i never get to see. He can be very cold, and very distant. Run as fast as you can girlfriend. My guy did the same way. Seems after that one year mark they feel safe enough for their true self to come out and it only gets worse. Been 5 years now. OH my god anonymous! It is so amazing, i am so amazing. Nadia, just because a man wants his ego stroked does not make him a narcissist. You also admitted witholding compliments to him, meaning you are being willful.
To be blunt, you sound too ungiving to attract a true narcissist, so I would not worry about him. I would go into couples Counselling if I were you. Your relationship sounds mendable. You will be lost. I know you feel strong love for him, but the love was based on his charming mask. They can be oh so attentive and praising. Take good care of yourself. Show yourself some love,…. I just read your post and felt like I just wrote it. My situation is identical to yours. I see such red flags but half of me sees a man who loves me, acknowledges some things and tries to work on them.
He is emotionless and all of the things I feel we have talked about and promised are thrown out the window again. I am losing my trust, respect and confidence in him. The ego thing rules. He is not physically abusive but I feel he is emotionally abusive. I just read your article and felt I needed to respond which is something I never do. How are things with you and your husband now?
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I see this was posted in February. Stay strong and I hope God guides us both in the right direction. This issue can be so so confounding. So my advice, if I could go back and put myself in your shoes, would be not to focus so much on what he does we all have narcissistic behaviors, and narcissists themselves can act normal so much of the time , but to start asking the hard questions about how you relate emotionally with this man.
Can you bring your dreams, frustrations, fears, and hopes to him and feel completely accepted and supported? Does he give you the freedom to be the you you always wanted to be? Or do you find yourself walking on eggshells, and are you starting to question who you are becoming? Remember narcissists are usually loving and complimentary when you are an extension of them… but threatened when you stop reflecting their world back to them. How does he react when you go deep, or are vulnerable? Mine would simply get up and leave the room or change the subject and tell me I was boring.
Owning your feelings of course, and not blaming him. Is his concern for your feelings and for the relationship, or is he more concerned with protecting his ego? I picked up a number of red flags in your post relative to this area, which is why I responded, but truly at this point its hard to tell if it is him, or if it is you, or if it is the dance the two of you are doing in your relationship as you can reinforce narcissistic tendencies in each other. In my experience, getting emotionally vulnerable and honest with him over time is a good way to test the relationship by yourself, but you may want to sit down with a good counselor or therapist and review your concerns.
Little red flags in your intuition level almost never go away on their own, so pay attention to them. Every good relationship should be able to work through these issues and resolve them with or without help, and I would make a solid effort in that direction before either moving deeper with the relationship or getting out. That is the only way to know for sure what you are dealing with.
Best of luck to you and your man, I hope you are able to resolve these red flags and that he moves toward you rather than away! Nadia, I have a similar situation to Carol. It took 40 years of marriage before I finally found out, through counseling, that my husband is narcissistic. His family saw him as the hero and the perfect one. Believe me, your man has found the way to manipulate your own fragilities and emotionally, you will end up looking like the crazy, while he continues to play your emotions like a yo-yo. He will appear to all as the hero and the good guy.
You will become withdrawn and terribly lonely. You will not trust yourself or anyone. It is a slow death of a personality, goals, and dreams. Locate a qualified therapist that can help you become emotionally intelligent so you will be less likely to draw that type of a personality towards you in the future. Otherwise, you may have the tendency to go from one relationship to another, repeating the same confusing pattern.
We both agreed that I would be a stay at home mom until the kids were in school. We have a fairly large family, no regrets there. But when it came time for me to go back to school, and get an education and training with the intentions of becoming employed in a profession of choice, he sabotaged me, and would not pull his weight with helping around the house and with the children. The last straw for me was when he made hurtful and discouraging remarks towards my academic achievements.
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My folding just fed his behavior. I turned on myself and absorbed all the blame and all the hurtful remarks. I became a recluse. Now, I am 61 going on 62 and I have health problems. We are still married. We both are learning and trying harder to communicate and be more considerate of each other. So I have noticed improvement for about 9 months now. They say it is never too late. I am stepping out by volunteering a couple of days a week. I am surprised that I am so uncomfortable doing this.
But I know that I use to be an outgoing and a sociable person. I am taking on-line classes just to have goals and to learn more about things that I wish to learn about. But what future is there for me now? Yeah I had one of these. He flirted with men and women to the point that he allowed others to put me down in front of him in order to get his attention and vise versa. He was great if no one else was around but the minute any person came around I was in the back seat and completely ignored or put down.
I agree with Elena…. What happens later on when they get rather nasty is that you continue hoping that this lovely charmer from the past will somehow reappear. Problem is that charm was an act, they are only ever interested in their own needs. I would expect teenager to say those things but not a grown up health person.
Please read about codependency so you can become free one day. And neither is that girls boyfriend. How does your girlfriend treat you? How does she make you feel when shes around? Gone to work colleagues or even police to get himself out. He got diabetes type 2 and no 1 stress cancer pancreatic cancer, got 6months to live, died in 3months!!
My mum fake cried when he died. Secretly she looked relieved and happy like a burden had been lifted off her. My dad wantedivorce twice but he was too weak to leave her. And probs the fear that she would ruin him, his reputation etc. Leave now my dad did not have the chance. I did, I left a ten year narc marriage. I am a single mum to four children. If I had stayed I would be dead! Its ALL and will only be about her.
They are cold and have no conscience!! Just plan your move,your escape. Narcs is a good word to describe these individuals, from their eyes looking at the world, all they see is themselves. I just got out of a narcissistic relationship and am mourning ha! I have always been happy within myself and comfortable with me.
I need to work myself out of the funk, soon! Can you please send me the link of the paragraph you referred to. My ex fiancee is classic passive aggressive without knowing it and what astounds me is that these narcissistic people have these traits seemingly innate. My female narcissist partner was wrecking my health taunting me with cruel texts about pulling men in nightclubs , twisting round everything I said, and taking advantage of men although I am not 20 years older than her to worship her. She loved the power she had over us all and I pity the next victim.
To retain my sanity I had to end it and in just over 18 months she was hinting at getting engaged after about 2 or 3 weeks, classic narcissist again , we did: No more will she control me and I will never put up with this behaviour from another woman. I should have stuck to my gut feeling and ended it after the first 2 months she presssed the right buttons so to speak and begged me to take her back. Then a never ending cycle began: Nearly put me in a grave.
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I was married for 20 years to a narc man. I freed myself several years ago, and then read everything I could about the illness. One shattering thing they tend to do— and what was done to me—is that a narc will pick a person who has attributes they secretly envy and want for themselves. I was intelligent, tall and very good-looking, and the way my family lived made it look as though we were rich.
None of this mattered to me, I had low self-esteem and narc parents. I was also very naive. How I wish I could turn back time. This man wished for the things I had growing up —as HE saw them. He grew up poor, 7 years older than me and a custodian. Not true, because of my self-esteem. I ended up just feeling bad that his esteem was so low. So he finished his demolition work and destroyed me, as I no longer fed his narc food anymore. I ended up pithed, scooped out like a melon.
I no longer had friends. I lost most my teeth because he denied me dental care— even when I carried the insurance! And yet I was a trophy for him to show off This is my gorgeous, talented, father-is-a novelist and art collector-wife! All that time, too, he had been cheating and doing really awful stuff.
They take, then discard. If ever you have doubts about a partner, and they are not taken seriously. If you see flashes of extreme envy toward yourself especially! If your achievements are not really celebrated. If you are cut down while the other is raised up. When you wonder why this person loves, or even likes, you. They seem to have no sense of shame, and force things to go their way. When there is anything hidden, like finances.
Run away, as fast as you can. Your life will be strangled, your gifts and true goodness warped or lost. Your sense of direction, your moral compass, your vision of the world—skewed, smashed. I was scared for my life, as were my siblings. His assault landed him in court, where I had to testify while he stared me down with the most evil look. A 2 year restraining order, and some assault charge that carried no jail time, was put on him. He stopped pursuing me.
After that, I saw him only from afar, a few times, for those two years— but I always looked over my shoulder, I was afraid to go to the city where he had told people I had narced on them turned out that was a lie, and many of those people actually liked me and felt really sorry for me!
For two years I struggled to get some life back. He immediately moved a lover I knew nothing about into my house and onto my dirty sheets and used towels! At the end of those two years, to the very date, he showed up at my work, all sentimental smiles and flowers! I told him no, and never to bother me. But he kept popping up, acting all nice and— I realized his narcissism could not bear to have me in the world, hating him. These people are so dangerous. He once gloated over me, while we were divorcing, that I had been so easy to deceive the whole thing is your fault, he said, because you were so easy to manipulate.
These people are killers, too. I have one friend who died suddenly, and I knew her husband was a narcissist. He sold her car and most of her stuff before the funeral cremation had a new girlfriend really, a lover from his office in the house in a month. Moved to a new state far off in 5 months. My friend had some medical problems but— no autopsy. That could have been me, or you. I really think he killed her. I think that is a true risk with these people.
They can be so enchanting, charming, almost addictive—as my ex was. Watch yourself while you are with them, then when you leave them— if they are not done with you yet, and you decide to leave, they will be absolutely wounded, and a narcissist is capable of things you would not even think of. I think you covered the nearly exact version of my husband and me — with the exceptions my husband was a very good looking underachiever from a broken home — what my friends called a loser but whom I thought was capable of everything he said he wanted.
I am 61 and abandoned after 23 years — and yes, he says I was just stupid to believe him — they do not have the same values and they will leave you for dead — because you being alive is just one more proof they arent what they say they are. Not be treated like they are diseased serial killers. Dont run from someone you are in love with, help them through it. And entered myself into therapy through an anger management program after my divorce left me feeling betrayed and unable to consider why my wife of 5 years and 2 daughters could possibly do what she did to me.
I learned that I suffer from narcissistic behavior, and that I was torturing her. And a woman, even a good one can only handle so much. I have learned a great deal about myself since that time. Dedicated to staying sober and celibate I began my journey to correct my behavior.
Now 10 years later, I have found myself in a wonderful relationship with the most amazing woman I have ever met. We have many differences yet we have managed to have an amazing relationship. And now with a recent promotion at a new job, we spend less and less time together and I have noticed an increase in alcohol use. We have an increasingly difficult time communicating and I am so afraid that my behavior is becoming tortuous to her. She suffers herself from depression issues and she is also divorced. She has been off her medication for more than a year. Narcissists might like the high-status of having a successful partner — but only as long as you keep your hands off their spotlight.
Loving a narcissist is hard. Moving on and rediscovering yourself is even harder. But, in that process you get to find out just how strong you are. If you want insights about being in a relationship with a narcissist, then please get in touch: A, writing for Psychology Today, Tips for Spotting and Coping with a Narcissist. Sophie Watson is an editor for EliteSingles.
She loves books, travelling, and discovering new date ideas. If you've got a dating tip to share, you can follow her on Twitter. True narcissists have a need to control people and situations, combined with a lack of empathy. This means a relationship with a narcissist can be at once manipulatively seductive and emotionally draining. But once you see through their facade, you can move on — and even end up stronger and wiser for the experience.
By showing you what you shouldn't be putting up with , a relationship with a narcissist can teach you what it is you really want, need, and deserve from love: You learn to see past empty flattery Narcissists can be absurdly flattering, making grand gestures right from the start.