With all the pressure on men (and women) to succeed in business, in school and in life, it's no wonder that many people 'big' themselves up.
Society rewards confidence; it's how you get to the top. The narcissist is being fuelled by your compliments. Narcissists need to put you down to build themselves up. They won't like it if you're in a job that doesn't measure up to their standards, but they'll be even more upset if you're a success...
Today, this kind of self-centredness is called narcissistic personality disorder, named after the ill-fated Narcissus, and describes an undesirable character who is unfortunately rampant in today's society..in many people's relationships.
But over time, when he feels like he "has" you, the power will shift and his needs will be put before yours. He'll quickly grab control of the relationship Narcissistic people are often controlling of their partners.3. A narcissist has a lack of empathy toward others — including you.
Your emotional and other needs will not be fully met. If you express your emotional needs to a narcissist, he may not respond.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which tends to affect more males than females, varies from person to person on a spectrum. He's witty, charismatic, attractive, and he showers you with compliments. We've all run into a narcissist at some point in our lives.
There is a flash of excitement and everything seems perfect — a turn-off. For decades Hollywood has loved depicting narcissistic characters — from the bratty, manipulative Scarlet O'Hara to the far more cold and ruthless Tony Soprano — because their behavior is so dramatic.