Written by
Mary R. Stanley

Dealing With A Narcissistic Partner

Published on 
January 15, 2023

Dealing with a narcissistic partner can be challenging and emotionally draining. Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and a need for admiration. Here are some tips for coping with a narcissistic partner:

  1. Set boundaries: It is important to establish clear boundaries with a narcissistic partner and to communicate them clearly. This may mean setting limits on how much time you spend with them or setting limits on what you are willing to tolerate in terms of behavior.
  2. Seek support: Coping with a narcissistic partner can be emotionally draining, and it is important to have a support system in place to help you through this challenging time. This might include friends, family, a therapist, or a support group.
  3. Focus on self-care: It is important to prioritize your own well-being when dealing with a narcissistic partner. This may mean making time for activities that bring you joy, taking care of your physical health, and seeking support when you need it.
  4. Communicate openly and honestly: It is important to communicate openly and honestly with a narcissistic partner, but it is also important to be aware of their tendency to manipulate or gaslight. It may be helpful to practice active listening and to use "I" statements to express your thoughts and feelings.
  5. Seek professional help: If you are struggling to cope with a narcissistic partner, it may be helpful to seek the support of a therapist or other mental health professional. A therapist can provide a safe and supportive space to process your emotions and work on strategies for coping with a narcissistic partner.

It is important to remember that dealing with a narcissistic partner can be difficult and emotionally draining. It is okay to take breaks and to set boundaries to protect your own well-being. It is also important to recognize that you are not alone and that there is help available.

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