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Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Its Effect On Relationships

There are several reasons why relationships fail — priority differences, trust issues, and even boredom. But, when one or both partners have a narcissistic personality, it can also make it extremely difficult to maintain a positive, long-term relationship. Narcissism is characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance that makes a person ignore the needs of those around them. Although just about everyone exhibits narcissistic behavior from time to time, for some, it is a true personality disorder that may require psychological treatment.

If you or someone you know has trouble empathizing with other people, gets upset when they aren’t the center of attention, or feels unhappy or unsatisfied with most relationships, narcissistic personality disorder treatment may be able to help. At Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills, we specialize in helping people overcome their barriers to happiness and achieve optimum mental health. If you struggle with a personality disorder or other mental health condition that is affecting your ability to maintain positive relationships, contact us today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

Signs of Narcissism

 

People with a narcissistic personality disorder don’t usually exhibit negative symptoms right from the start. They may come across as fun-loving and charismatic or as “the life of the party”. Over time, however, someone’s constant need for attention and unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others can cause significant distress to those around them and even impair their day-to-day functioning.

In addition to those mentioned above, some of the other common symptoms of a person with narcissistic personality disorder include:

  • Arrogant or conceited behavior
  • Belief that they are superior
  • Exaggeration of talents and achievements
  • Upset when not recognized for their achievements
  • Insistent on having the best of everything
  • Difficulty regulating emotions
  • Feelings of insecurity and shame

There are many other symptoms associated with a narcissistic personality disorder but oftentimes the person who has the disorder doesn’t realize or acknowledge that they have a problem. If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a personality disorder, but it could mean that you could benefit from narcissistic personality disorder treatment or other forms of psychotherapy.

How To Tell If You’re in a Narcissistic Relationship

 

Relationships are a two-way street. They can only work if both people openly support and respect each other. Sometimes support means not saying anything and just listening to someone when they need you most. For someone with a narcissistic personality, this can be hard to do because listening to someone else takes the focus off of them. 

Another sign that you could be in a narcissistic relationship is that your partner never seems to care what you think or how you feel. When you try to open up about something that is troubling you they seem bothered or even bored about having to listen. They are also unlikely to take responsibility if your concern is about something related to them.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Treatment in Beverly Hills, Irvine, and Newport Beach

 

If you’re having trouble in your relationship and you suspect that it could be because you or your partner exhibits narcissistic traits, seeking help from a licensed and experienced mental health professional can help. Contact Blair Wellness Group today to schedule an appointment. 

 

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