Signs and Symptoms
Although the various symptoms of NPD and their severity may differ from one person to the next, there are signs to look out for. First and foremost, that inflated self-importance is ever-present. And it is most often accompanied by a sense of entitlement. The narcissist feels slighted
when they are not seen as most special and most deserving of all the attention and admiration, all of the time.
This superiority is fueled by the desire to achieve, and sometimes these
achievements will be exaggerated to make them look even better. What’s more, they can be spiteful and demeaning, breaking down the people around them to make themselves look good.
There are many runoff consequences that stem from NPD symptoms, like impatience, anger, depression, and anxiety. Combine this with a lack of empathy and irrational value of perfection, and you’ll understand why a relationship with a narcissist is almost always an abusive one. For
example, it’s easy to hurt someone when they can’t imagine how that person feels.
They are shielded from all the hurt, while doing so serves to fuel their inflated sense of self in the process. The narcissist sees themselves as perfect and therefore, are more willing to emotionally attack
their partner who is not.