Help! I'm Married to a Narcissist!

Help! I'm Married to a Narcissist!

Help! I'm Married to a Narcissist!

The word narcissism tends to be used and spoken about much more in today’s world than normal. Normally, people use it to talk about the flaws of a person with the hopes of using words to attack that person. However, there are individuals that tend to meet the full criteria of narcissistic personality disorder and even more so, there are those that are married to them. Just as one would spend time investing in how to not be a narcissist, the same is true for coping with a partner who is narcissistic.

How To Tell If You Married a Narcissist

As you may have started to wonder and question while reading this, “Am I married to a narcissist?” Before any visualization of catastrophe begins, allow for an expert therapist in Orlando to provide some more insight into this. The world, influencers, and social media platforms provide the surface level of what being a narcissist tends to be. It is these trends that can raise any red flags within a marriage or a relationship. Try to use some of these helpful hints to shed some light on your partner’s narcissistic tendencies:

  • When in an argument, if you find that your partner is trying to victimize themselves and shift the conversation to empathy being shown to them in an excessive way (every other statement), you might be married to a narcissist.
  • If your partner is consistently gaslighting you (diminishing your emotional distress and worries causing you to feel insignificant) and repeats this, you might be married to a narcissist.
  • Over affection from your partner after having a disagreement (this is more towards trying to maintain power over you), you might be married to a narcissist.
  • Only focuses on speaking about themselves and never inquires, asks, or shows compassion for issues you are undergoing, you might be married to a narcissist.

How a Narcissist Makes You Feel?

This is obviously not the only list of narcissistic tendencies that are evident. The list can continue, but these tend to be the most common traits a person with a narcissistic personality tends to demonstrate. As the years and generations have passed, individuals started to realize that these tendencies developed from behaviors that their partner was doing and believed to be normal. Most married partners do not know that they are married to a narcissistic personality disorder until expert individual therapy in Orlando shed some more information and light on this.

What Do I Do Now?

Speaking with an expert individual therapist in Orlando can provide tools and resources on how to cope with your partner as well as look at the impact the relationship could be having on daily functioning. Even when the tendencies are shown, it can be difficult for the partner to contemplate ways to cope. In some cases, the most effective way to cope with the toxicity of a relationship with a narcissistic personality disorder is to perhaps leave the relationship. If there is such a high impact, then perhaps looking at the end of the relationship may be best, and talking to a trained expert is the perfect person to work with on this. A relationship is not meant to be toxic or negative but only positive toward you and your mental health-a narcissist takes that away.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.