Narcissistic Abuse and Cultural Trends


Have you ever been in a relationship with someone who is narcissistic? Even if you don’t know the exact clinical definition of the disorder, it is likely that you have encountered people who harbor a lot of the self-absorbed traits that can make narcissistic people particularly challenging to partner with.

People who have a lot of narcissistic tendencies have deficits in their ability to reflect on how others might be feeling and tend to focus on themselves. True narcissism that meets criteria for diagnosis according to the DSM 5 is quite rare, but traits and characteristics are more common. When dealing with a narcissistic person you might notice yourself feeling:

  • Emotionally neglected
  • Frustrated by their self-focused tendencies
  • Gaslighted (the person denies the reality of what has happened or refuses to acknowledge their role or take responsibility)

Narcissistic people are primarily interested in satisfying their ego, and often this is done through eliciting adoration and attention from others. An underlying need for validation and self-worth drives these behaviors, and it can become a drain on relationships, since people with narcissism struggle with empathy for others or recognizing that others have needs, too.

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Living with Finesse By Dr. Teyhou Smyth

Dr. Teyhou Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115137) and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education & Psychology.