Either for dating, business or friendship the best 3 ways to find out how a person is, are……

With the dating season and holiday coming up, this is a simple and complete guide in where to look for signs

Are They Really A Narcissist? - Midwest Counseling

But first, based on the DSM5 [the mental health bible], what is a narcissist?


Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a cluster B personality disorder defined as comprising a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder And Its Treatments?

Signs and symptoms

  • A grandiose sense of self-importance


Where the word Narcissist comes from

The term "narcissism" comes from the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses, written in the year 8 AD. Book III of the poem tells the mythical story of a handsome young man, Narcissus, who spurns the advances of many potential lovers. When Narcissus rejects the nymph Echo, who was cursed to only echo the sounds that others made, the gods punish Narcissus by making him fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. When Narcissus discovers that the object of his love cannot love him back, he slowly pines away and dies.

The concept of excessive selfishness has been recognized throughout history. In ancient Greece, the concept was understood as hubris.

It wasn't until the late 1800s that narcissism began to be defined in psychological terms. Since that time, the term narcissism has had a significant divergence in meaning in psychology. It has been used to describe

  • a sexual perversion,
  • a normal [healthy] developmental stage,
  • a symptom in psychosis, and
  • a characteristic in several of the object relations [subtypes]. Paul Näcke and Havelock Ellis (1889) are the first psychiatrists, independent of each other, to use the term "narcissism" to describe a person who treats his own body in the same way in which the body of a sexual partner is ordinarily treated. Narcissism, in this context, was seen as a perversion that consumed a person's entire sexual life. In 1911 Otto Rank published the first clinical paper about narcissism, linking it to vanity and self-admiration.


A little story on Narcissism

 Ernest Jones (1913) was the first to construe extreme narcissism, which he called the "God-complex", as a character flaw. He described people with God-complex as being aloof, self-important, overconfident, auto-erotic, inaccessible, self-admiring, and exhibitionistic, with fantasies of omnipotence and omniscience. He observed that these people had a high need for uniqueness.

Sigmund Freud (1914) published his theory of narcissism in a lengthy essay titled "On Narcissism: An Introduction". Freud postulated that all humans have a level of narcissism from birth (primary narcissism), it is healthy, and in time, evolves outward as love for others. Freud had declared that narcissism was a necessary intermediate stage between auto-eroticism and object-love, love for others. He also theorized that narcissism becomes a neurosis (secondary narcissism) when individuals who had reached the point of projecting their affections to others, turned their affection back on themselves. In time these individuals become cut off from society and uninterested in others.

Robert Waelder (1925) was the first to conceptualize narcissism as a personality trait. His definition described individuals who are condescending, feel superior to others, are preoccupied with admiration, and exhibit a lack of empathy. Waelder's work and his case study have been influential in the way narcissism and the clinical disorder Narcissistic personality disorder are defined today.[ His patient was a successful scientist with an attitude of superiority, an obsession with fostering self-respect, and a lack of normal feelings of guilt. The patient was aloof and independent from others, had an inability to empathize with others, and was selfish sexually. Waelder's patient was also overly logical and analytical and valued abstract intellectual thought over the practical application of scientific knowledge.

Karen Horney (1939) postulated that narcissism was on a spectrum that ranged from healthy self-esteem to a pathological state.

The term entered the broader social consciousness following the publication of The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch in 1979. Since then, social media, bloggers, and self-help authors have indiscriminately applied "narcissism" as a label for the self-serving and for all domestic abusers.

Psychology Series: What Is Narcissism? - Family Resources

 3 signs to pay attention

How they treat people, they don’t need

Have you ever gone to lunch or coffee with someone and suddenly this person is rude or mean with the servers?

Taken a taxi, and they tell the driver how to do their job?

Gone to a store and they are mean with the sales rep?

You are now in this person’s radar, so they will treat you well, but how the treat others when they don’t need them, or not need them anymore is a WARNING.

Expose this person to situations where they don’t need a person or a service and push to see the reaction, Take mental notes, ALWAYS.


How do they take responsibilities

My boss is stupid, for that reason I don’t have a promotion.

Nobody does this better than me.

You forgot to pay that bill.

I was right, the other car hit me.

Don’t blame me, I told you, you never listen.

Push for situations where the other person is exposed to taking responsibility and wait.

Now, they can take responsibility to manipulate you to do what they want.

Use the 3 steps, listen, think and then act. Do not rush onto making decisions when this happens, it is a trick.


How they talk about others

Ask about situations where the person is involved with others.

In Dating, ex, at work coworkers, parents, friends, and everyday life situations where things didn’t go the way they expected.

I didn’t cheat on my partner; my partner wasn’t paying attention to me.

I got a ticket because my friend called me, so I didn’t see the red light.

I didn’t get the promotion because my coworker was lying to my boss.

From a simple situation to big stories, they always have someone to blame. Blame is the tool they use the most.

Ask – dig deeper – confront with more questions. Agree with the person to get more and more info, THEY LOVE TO BLAME OTHERS.


Most commons way to dig deeper into the signs if you have doubts:

  • They have an unreasonably high sense of self-importance and require constant, excessive admiration.
  • Feel that they deserve privileges and special treatment.
  • Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements.
  • Make achievements and talents seem bigger than they are.
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate.
  • Believe they are superior to others and can only spend time with or be understood by equally special people.
  • Be critical of and look down on people they feel are not important.
  • Expect special favors and expect other people to do what they want without questioning them.
  • Take advantage of others to get what they want.
  • Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others.
  • Be envious of others and believe others envy them.
  • Behave in an arrogant way, brag a lot and come across as conceited.
  • Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office.


At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they view as critical. They can:

  • Become impatient or angry when they don't receive special recognition or treatment.
  • Have major problems interacting with others and easily feel slighted.
  • React with rage or contempt and try to belittle other people to make themselves appear superior.
  • Have difficulty managing their emotions and behavior.
  • Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change.
  • Withdraw from or avoid situations in which they might fail.
  • Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection.
  • Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, humiliation, and fear of being exposed as a failure.



Ask questions

Help them blame others

Play dumb

Take mental notes

Blame others to see if they follow

NEVER – NEVER – NEVER  let them know you found out who they are; you will become the prey.

If it is at work, get everything in writing.

Don’t give too much info on dating so that you can avoid this person.

If you need to interact with a Narcissist, always get other people in the room; they do not like to be exposed. This is your best weapon against these people.


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See you on the Dark Side

Susan Ibitz

1 Comment

  1. Hilary on 01/21/2023 at 8:02 am

    Wow!!! I like the “play dumb” part. Like a covert ops taking notes and compiling information.

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