The first seeds of narcissism are sewn in infancy, Raymond says.
“Someone with NPD will exhibit these traits on a continuous basis, across all situations, and not feel bad about it,” Jeanette Raymond, Ph.
D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist and author of , tells SELF.
What’s more, “nothing you did or said would ever be enough, and if you dared to take care of yourself before the [person with NPD], you would have the wrath of God heaped on you,” she says.
That doesn’t mean every relationship with a person with NPD is doomed.
Through a series of seven studies using different methodological approaches, researchers analyzed narcissists’ exhibition of "admiration" and "rivalry" dimensions.
Admiration behaviors represent narcissism's charming, self-assured, and entertaining qualities, and are associated with greater short-term satisfaction in relationships.
After yet another argument, I called my friend to uninvite her.”Not only was Jamie’s friend upset, her husband still wasn’t happy: “Instead, he complained about everything—down to the board games we played after dinner—and left in a huff, yelling at me for not noticing that he was so unhappy.” His haughty behavior and exaggerated sense of self-importance are classic signs of NPD, our experts say.
When Jamie’s husband was diagnosed with narcissism, she felt awash with relief.
Research published in 2013 in the may shine a light on why narcissism isn't always easy to spot at first.