Narcissism is a personality trait characterized by an excessive sense of self-importance, a need for admiration and attention, and a lack of empathy towards others. While having some degree of self-love and confidence is healthy, narcissism can become destructive when it becomes the central focus of one’s life and relationships. Narcissism extends to all relationships, impacting personal and professional thought patterns and behaviors.
Have you ever thought that you might be a narcissist? All people have some narcissistic traits, but here are the top 11 signs to help you analyze your behavior.
Attention and Admiration
You consistently seek attention and admiration from others in an effort to feel validation and approval. You feel compelled to be noticed and applauded for even your smallest efforts.
Superior to Others
You believe that you are superior to others and deserve special treatment.
Fantasies of Power and Success
You have a grandiose sense of self-importance and often exaggerate your achievements.
Lack of Empathy
You lack empathy towards others and their feelings; their emotional experience doesn’t matter to you.
Envy and Resentment
You are envious of others’ success and feel resentful when they outshine you.
Lack of Remorse
You have a history of exploiting or taking advantage of others, whether it be in relationships or at work.
Blame Others For Negative Outcomes
You have difficulty acknowledging and apologizing for mistakes, often blaming others instead.
Sense of Entitlement
You have a sense of entitlement and expect people to cater to your needs.
Fear of Being Alone
You struggle with feelings of emptiness and fear being alone, leading you to constantly seek out new sources of admiration.
Can’t Accept Criticism
You have a hard time accepting criticism and often react with anger or defensiveness.
Unable To Take Another Perspective
You have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships as you struggle to see things from others’ perspectives.
Having some narcissistic traits does not automatically mean you are a full-blown narcissist. It’s important to assess the impact of these behaviors and strive for healthy relationships and self-awareness.
Take a moment to think about your actions and how they might be affecting those around you. All people display some level of narcissistic behavior, but practicing self-awareness will help you reconsider your motivation and attitude.
With awareness and effort, you can overcome narcissistic tendencies and cultivate meaningful relationships based on respect and empathy. Don’t hesitate to seek help and work on improving yourself. Your relationships will improve when you start to consider the impact of your actions.
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Melane Ann is a writer, blogger, and life coach. In 2020, she turned her experience in midlife divorce and creating a new life for herself into midlifeismagical. With a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy, Melane focuses on helping women over 50 navigate their relationships and commit to healthy aging. She and her new husband share 7 children between them. Melane jokes that she has a black belt in blended families! In addition to her writing, Melane works virtually with her coaching clients from her home office.