Do you know a Narcissist? 1

Are you connected with any narcissists in your life? If you know any self-absorbed, entitled people who lack empathy for others, you might be. Narcissism is a common personality we see the effects of often at Imagine Hope. A narcissist can leave a path of pain and woundedness with those he or she touches. That's why we are covering the traits of a narcissist and their destructive patterns from Nina Brown's book "Loving the Self-Absorbed" this week. Knowing more about a Narcissist will help you have a healthy distance in your relationships with one in order to survive emotionally. Entitlement- A Narcissist will commonly show some of the following traits over a period of time:

  • Believe they have a right to say or do whatever they want without anyone objecting
  • Take credit for others work
  • Say cutting or demeaning comments
  • Point out others flaws
  • Push to have their opinions accepted
  • Tell you what you should think
  • Make decisions without consulting others
  • Insist things be done their way

Grandiosity- A narcissist might show these traits over a time period:

  • Feel they are superior to others
  • Believe they can "make" others feel something
  • Blame others when things go wrong
  • Think they are more intelligent or talented than others
  • Say things would be better if people listened them

Do any of these sound like someone you know? Keep reading this week for more traits! Thanks for reading!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.