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Am I Dating a Narcissist? Signs to Watch For

Clinically Reviewed by: Dr. Robin Campbell, LMFT, PHD

Are you in a relationship that leaves you constantly questioning your partner’s behavior? Do you often wonder if you’re dating a narcissist? Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) can be challenging to spot, but it’s crucial to identify the signs early for your emotional well-being.

Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Before we delve into the signs, let’s clarify what narcissistic personality disorder is. NPD is a mental health condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. Individuals with NPD often display manipulative and self-centered behaviors that can be detrimental to their relationships.

Signs That You're Dating a Narcissist

1. Excessive Self-Centeredness

  • They frequently talk about themselves and their achievements.
  • Your needs and feelings are often disregarded.

2. Lack of Empathy

  • They struggle to understand or show compassion for your emotions.
  • They may dismiss your concerns or feelings as unimportant.

3. Constant Need for Validation

  • They crave attention and admiration from others.
  • They may become jealous or resentful when you receive praise or recognition.

4. Manipulative Behavior

  • They use manipulation tactics to control situations and people.
  • Gaslighting and emotional manipulation are common strategies.

5. Difficulty in Accepting Criticism

  • They react defensively or with anger when confronted with their faults.
  • Blame-shifting is a frequent response.

6. Intense Need for Control

  • They try to control every aspect of your life and decision-making.
  • Independence and autonomy are discouraged.

Seek Support at New Hope Healthcare Institute

If you’ve recognized these signs in your relationship and suspect that you may be dating a narcissist, it’s essential to take action for your own well-being. At New Hope Healthcare Institute in Knoxville, TN, we specialize in dual diagnosis treatment for teens and adults, including those struggling with narcissistic personality disorder. Our compassionate team of experts is here to support you. Call 866-806-1027 now to speak with one of our dedicated professionals and explore treatment options tailored to your needs. Check out our blog where we post weekly on Medium.


Yes, with the right therapeutic approaches, individuals with NPD can improve their behaviors and develop healthier relationships.

Staying in a relationship with a narcissist can lead to emotional and psychological distress, eroded self-esteem, and a sense of isolation.

Seeking therapy, setting boundaries, and practicing self-care are essential strategies for coping in such relationships.

Dual diagnosis treatment addresses both substance abuse and mental health disorders, providing comprehensive care for individuals with NPD and co-occurring conditions.

Yes, our experienced team at New Hope Healthcare Institute is skilled in treating individuals with narcissistic personality disorder, offering customized treatment plans to promote healing and personal growth.

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