We all know the main signs of narcissism, but there are a lot more signs than just those few. Yes, the more obvious ones are going to stick out more, but the subtle ones need to be known as well. Do you know a narcissist?
The things below are going to be some of the signs of narcissism that people are not quite aware of. Narcissism, for anyone who may not be sure, is a mental illness that can be damning. Those with ‘narcissistic personality disorder’ are excessive and overly interested in themselves and their appearance. This can be mild or extreme, it just depends on the person.
8 Signs of Narcissism Most People Are Not Aware of:
1. They interrupt others constantly.
Narcissists are always interrupting other people. They do not let you get a word in edgewise. Regardless of the conversation, your side is always being cut short.
2. They give unsolicited advice.
Even when you don’t ask for it, they are going to give you their two cents. You won’t be able to get away from them until you have heard what they want you to hear. Their advice is often rude and very unnecessary.
Narcissists cannot take a loss. If you try to brag, they will downplay your success and get mad or walk away, but if they win they will act as if they have done something no one else has ever done. They let success of any kind really go to their head.
“The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement” by Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell can provide further insight into why narcissists behave this way and the culture that fosters such attitudes.
4. They are never there when you need them.
When something bad happens, or you’re upset, the narcissist is nowhere to be found. He or she will not answer your calls or even come let you cry on their shoulder. They are not true friends by any means.
5. They cannot handle criticism but are always dishing it out.
Narcissists are always being mean and saying things that they should not be saying, but when someone else tries to dish it back to them, they break down. They get upset and angry. Whether you say it in a kind manner or not, they do not like it.
Narcissists are never responsible for themselves. They never own up to their mistakes, they are more than willing to pass the blame to anyone else. You cannot trust them.
7. They are more impatient than everyone else.
Narcissists are more impatient than other people. They get frustrated over the smallest things. It doesn’t matter what is going on, the narcissist wants things done immediately.
8. They care far too much about their appearance.
Narcissists are very appearance oriented. They think they are hot shit, literally. You will never find a bad photo of them online, and they are always done up in person.
For anyone coping with a narcissist in their life, “Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers” by Karyl McBride is a compassionate guide that offers strategies for healing and thriving after the negative impact of having a narcissistic individual in one’s life.