4 Telltale Signs The Man You Love Is A Full-Fledged Narcissist

Is the man you're in love with deeply insecure and always making you feel bad? It's not because he's a Gemini, he's a narcissist.

Last updated on Mar 30, 2023

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By Dr. Seth Meyers

Loving a narcissist is, sadly, a fairly common occurrence for men (and women), and knowing how to identify one is necessary for your sanity and self-esteem. Before we get to the signs of narcissism to watch out for, understand that no one is a fool for dating one.

In fact, these individuals often have a lot going for them: attractiveness, an outgoing personality, and well-cultivated social skills. The narcissist is usually well-put-together, charming, intelligent, and focused on emerging in every social arena as superior. If you date a narcissist, he will work hard early in the relationship to let you know that he is an amazing catch and that he is highly desired by others.


The narcissist is careful to set this dynamic up early in dating so that you know your place in the relationship: You belong in an inferior position to him, and that will not change. The narcissist can start to relax once he senses that you understand how lucky you are to be with him. (Cue the goosebumps — the toxic, scary kind).

Some traits or disorders are found more among men or women, but narcissism strikes men and women equally. A small percentage of men and women — under 5 percent — meet the criteria for full-blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but a much higher number of people have narcissistic traits.


If you find yourself in a relationship with someone who is narcissistic, you will absolutely feel frustrated, angry, and hurt (and often). Check out the telltale signs of narcissism below.

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Here are 4 telltale signs the man you're in love with is a full-fledged narcissist:

1. He loves talking about himself

Narcissists love talking about themselves and their accomplishments. They brag without even realizing it, and their conversations must focus far more on them than on you.


A narcissist will talk at length about his day, but does not seem so interested when you talk about yours; a narcissist loves going out when he makes the plans, but he seems bored or pouty when you set the plans; the narcissist looks for comfort from you when he’s upset, but the way he comforts you when you are upset feels too quick and shallow to truly comfort you.

In essence, the narcissist is simply not good at feeling empathy for you or anyone.

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2. He loves attention and will do whatever is necessary to get it

Narcissists are often extremely flirtatious, and relationships with narcissists usually involve frequent arguments about fidelity, jealousy, and flirtation. Narcissists need something called "narcissistic supply," which is a psychological term that refers to the attention that fuels them.


Sexual attention is one of the most basic types of attention, and narcissists try to get as much sexual attention as possible. If you date a narcissist, he may flirt with someone else right in front of you or may show a little too much physical affection to a random person (e.g., putting an arm around the shoulder, getting "handsy").

Narcissists are famous for keeping the metaphorical door open with exes and others who show interest, as they need constant attention and reassurance that they’re desired and wanted. Sadly, narcissists are also motivated to flirt or elicit sexual attention from others as a means of solidifying their own power over the other person in the relationship.

It goes like this: "See how much everyone wants me? Don't forget it." The underlying message: "Don't forget I have more power than you in the relationship."

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3. He can't handle even the tiniest criticism

Narcissists can't tolerate the simplest whiff of criticism. Though they present an act to the world that suggests that they are completely in love with themselves, the truth is that they feel deeply insecure underneath the polished, self-loving exterior.

In a relationship, two partners are bound to have the occasional problem with the other person; in a relationship with a narcissist, you simply aren't allowed to have any problems with them at all. Narcissists desperately hang onto the belief that they are perfect, so hearing anything to the contrary must be totally blocked out and denied.

If you criticize a narcissist too much, he or she will simply leave the relationship and dispose of you like an object.

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4. He won't take accountability when he's wrong

If a 24-hour hotline existed for the victims of narcissists, most calls would involve a lack of accountability. Simply put, narcissists won't take accountability for what they've done that is wrong or hurtful. In an argument, for example, a narcissist will say or do something but completely deny it a moment later.

What's more, narcissists often flip the negative behavior onto the other person and suggest that the other person is the one who said or did the terrible thing. To most people, this dance is confusing and crazy-making, creating insidious doubt. Trying to get a narcissist to say they were wrong or to apologize in a heartfelt way is a losing game — it's simply not going to happen.

If you get an apology, odds are that it is issued as a means to keep the peace and get you off their back — not because they really mean it. With narcissists, the same bad behavior will keep popping up again because the narcissist's personality is extremely resistant to change.


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Dr. Seth Meyers is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and TV guest expert. He treats a wide range of issues and disorders and specializes in relationships, parenting, and addiction. He is the author of Dr. Seth's Love Prescription: Overcome Relationship Repetition Syndrome and Find the Love You Deserve.