Is your partner a narcissist? If you find yourself constantly feeling doubted, criticized, or abandoned by your significant other who often insists you need to change, then the answer may be yes.
Narcissistic partners typically use verbal, mental and emotional abuse to manipulate their counterpart. A narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an inflated sense of superiority and a lack of empathy for others. These individuals are often jealous and paranoid in relationships, as they fear being outdone. They may also be prone to infidelity and exploitation.
Recognizing narcissistic behavior in a partner is important because it will help you understand that your needs are not being met. It can also help in discussions with family and friends who might be able to provide additional insights into the matter.
If you identify with these signs of an anxiety disorder, you may benefit from talking to a professional. Sometimes our fears can seem irrational because they are unrealistic. That doesn’t mean they aren’t valid. In fact, in many cases, the fear is based on the person’s lived experience which leads them to believe that something might happen in the future and cause harm or pain.
Whether you are examining a current relationship or trying to make sense of a past one, it’s understandably disturbing to think that you might be partnered with a narcissist. But facing that possibility is nowhere as difficult as living with the reality of it. Asking the question, as painful as it is, is a necessary step toward empowering yourself.
If you have gotten this far as a reader, you probably already have your answer. But let’s look at it head-on. Is your partner a narcissist?
Here are 61 signs to tell if your partner is a narcissist
- Does your partner routinely interrupt or ignore you?
- Does your partner constantly have to be center stage?
- Does your partner curse at you and call you names?
- Does your partner become a hostile stranger when you have a fight?
- When something goes wrong, does your partner blame everyone but himself or herself?
- Does your partner refuse to be accountable for his or her bad behavior? (For example, “You made me so mad that I couldn’t help
- Does your partner exaggerate or lie to you?
- Does your partner blame you or others when things go wrong?
- Is your partner combative with your family and or friends?
- Does your partner threaten to leave you and take everything?
- Does your partner use silence to punish or control you?
- Do you find yourself regularly placing your partner to avoid confrontation?
- Does your partner believe he or she is always right?
- Is your partner unable to tune in to your feelings or your children’s feelings?
- Does your partner seem more concerned about how your behavior or your children’s behavior reflects on him or her than on understanding and accepting who you and the kids are as people?
- Does your partner seem to be out of touch with his or her own feelings or seem to deny them?
- Does your partner carry grudge against you and others?
- Is it all about your partner and his/her money, time, parenting time, property, and wishes/demands?
- Does your partner seem unwilling to listen to you and to hear your concerns?
- Is your partner constantly telling you what to do?
- Does your partner make you feel “not good enough”?
- Have your partner’s constant put-downs caused you to internalize this message?
- Does your partner never ask about you, your day, or your feelings, even in passing?
- Does your partner need to go on and on about how great he or she is and how pathetic you are?
- Does your partner lie?
- Does your partner manipulate?
- Does your partner tell different people different stories about the same event, spinning the story so that he or she looks good?
- When your partner talks about his or her kids, is it about what the kids do rather than who they are?
- Are the children uncomfortable with your partner, love your partner, but at the same time are reluctant to spend time with him or her?
- Have you come to realize that the kids protect themselves by not sharing their feelings with your partner?
- Does your partner mistrust everyone?
- Are the kids always trying to gain your partner’s love and approval?
- Has your partner spent minimal time with the children?
- Does your partner typically skip the children’s events if he or she does not have an interest in that particular activity or does not value it?
- Does your partner push the children to be involved in activities that your partner likes or values and discourage or forbid them from pursuing activities that your partner does not value?
- Have others in your life said that something is different or strange about your partner?
- Does your partner take advantage of other people?
- Is your partner all about power and control, pursuing power at all costs?
- Is your partner all about image and how things look to others?
- Does your partner seem to have no value system, no fixed idea of right and wrong for his or her behavior?
- After the divorce, does your partner still want to exploit you? Or has your partner never calmed down?
- When you try to discuss your life issues with your partner, does your partner change the subject so that you end up talking about your partner’s issues?
- When you describe your feelings, does your partner try to top your feelings with his or her own stories?
- Does your partner act jealous of you?
- Does your partner lack empathy?
- Does your partner only support things that reflect well on him or her?
- Have you consistently felt a lack of emotional closeness with your partner?
- Have you consistently questioned if your partner loves you?
- Does your partner do considerate things for you only when others are around to witness that good behavior?
- When something difficult happens in your life (for instance, an accident, illness, a divorce in your family or circle of friends), does your partner react with immediate concern about how it will affect him or her rather than with concern for you?
- Is your partner overly conscious of what others think?
- Do you feel used by your partner?
- Do you feel responsible for your partner’s ailments or sicknesses?
- Do you feel that your partner does not accept you?
- Is your partner critical and judgmental of you and others?
- Do you feel that your partner does not know and value the real you and does not want to know the real you?
- Does your partner act as if the world should revolve around him or her?
- Does your partner appear phony to you?
- Does your partner swing from grandiosity to a depressed mood?
- Does your partner try to compete with you?
- Does your partner always have to have things his or her way?
What do you think? Is your partner a narcissist?