Narcissism is a diagnosis that is getting a lot of attention lately. When we think someone is selfish or acting selfishly, it is tempting to label them a narcissist. But there is a very real pattern of abuse that is experienced by people who struggle in repeated toxic and harmful relationships with people who are, diagnosed or not, truly Narcissistic.
In simplest terms, Narcissism is characterized by this:
“Lack of empathy, grandiosity, a chronic sense of entitlement and a chronic need to seek out admiration from other people and validation from other people”
Narcissistic abuse is a pervasive challenge for both men and women who find themselves in toxic relationships over and over again. That person is very often trapped in a cycle of powerlessness in relationship and repeatedly puts everyone else’s needs ahead of their own. This behavior is sometimes referred to as Codependency.
Both of these: Narcissism and Codependency are unhealthy and toxic and they typically magnetize each other into relationship.
Signs that you may be giving away your power in relationship:
Signs you may be experiencing Narcissistic Abuse:
If you find any of the above descriptions familiar and you are struggling with a difficult relationship – whether it be a partner, parent or sibling – please seek help.
You can be happy and thrive again.