“You will never really see how toxic someone is until you breathe fresher air.” – Unknown
Trust is an essential factor when it comes to relationships, whether romantic, platonic, or professional. Be warned; trusting a narcissistic individual can be difficult and even dangerous. Narcissists have a distorted sense of self-importance and an intense need for admiration and attention. They lack empathy and often manipulate and exploit those around them. People with narcissistic traits are difficult to trust and sometimes even dangerous; here’s why-
Narcissists are skilled at manipulating others to get what they want. They know how to use charm, flattery, and even guilt to make you do their bidding. They will twist the truth and play mind games to get what they want, making it hard to trust anything they say. Learn to trust your gut when dealing with a selfish person.
They Will Gaslight You
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which the abuser makes the victim question their own reality. Narcissists are masters at gaslighting, making you doubt your own thoughts and perceptions, causing you to rely on them for what is real. Don’t let them define your self-worth or have control over your emotional independence.
They Are Highly Competitive
Narcissists are competitive and always want to be the best at everything. This can lead them to lie or manipulate to come out on top, even if it means betraying your trust. You will find this type of behavior in the office and in personal relationships. Focus on your self-worth if you are under attack by a competitive narcissist.
They Have Fragile Egos
Narcissists have fragile egos and are easily threatened by anyone or anything that challenges their superiority. This can make them lash out and betray your trust when they feel like their position is being threatened. They resent any constructive criticism and will feel personally attacked.
They Have a Sense of Entitlement
Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-importance and believe they are entitled to special treatment. This can lead them to betray your trust by expecting you to do things for them without reciprocating or showing appreciation. They will act like you owe them your time and money and expect you to listen to their endless bragging.
They Lack Empathy
Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-importance and believe they are entitled to special treatment. This can lead them to betray your trust by expecting you to do things for them without reciprocating or showing appreciation. Be prepared to set boundaries with someone who fails to show compassion and empathy.
They Are Self-Absorbed
Narcissists have an excessive focus on themselves and their own needs and desires. This makes it challenging for them to prioritize the needs of others and can lead to them betraying your trust in pursuit of their own self-interest. If you are in a relationship with someone with narcissistic traits, you might feel like they “resource” you to get what they need.
They Will Blame Others
People with narcissistic traits may often blame others for their shortcomings and disappointments. Be prepared to identify their responsibility for the problem; don’t allow them to define you as the troublemaker. Be on the lookout for statements and behaviors that make them the victim.
They Have Grandiose Fantisies
Narcissists crave attention and validation from others, often resorting to desperate measures. This could include lying, manipulating, or even causing drama to keep the focus on themselves. This constant need for attention makes it difficult to trust their intentions. Narcissists may fantasize about power, success, beauty, or intelligence. Often termed “grandiose thinking,” this type of thought life tends to rely on future fantasies and is not grounded in reality.
If you are in any type of relationship with a narcissist, it is crucial to be aware of the risks involved. They may try to control you, isolate you from your friends and family, and make you feel bad about yourself professionally. They may also be physically, verbally, or emotionally abusive. If you are a person who struggles with people pleasing or identifies as an empath, be aware of the danger of trusting a person with narcissistic tendencies. It could ruin your life in so many ways.
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This article was written and syndicated by Midlife is Magical.
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.