That's why relationships with narcissists can be so destructive: They are more interested in preserving their self-image and are never concerned with how they affect others.
If there is no give and take in your relationship, or if the person you're dating shows any of these other red flags, you're dating a narcissist.
Narcissistic men want their way, pay insufficient attention to what others want, and can be pretty tough to get along with.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for narcissists. Narcissism is a clinical term for what generally boils down to selfishness.
If you say something that's a good idea, don't expect credit from a deeply entrenched narcissist.
But he's likely to say your idea later as if it was his own.
If you are insecure, this might heighten your attraction to them. Salkin agrees that validation often comes at the expense of the person the narcissist is dating.
Anything that takes them out of the spotlight is a threat to their ego.
But beware of getting mad back at a narcissist; they'll respond with fury.
They can get mad at you (because it's your fault if they are mad), but all hell is likely to break loose if you dare to show even slight irritation toward them.
Narcissists think everything is about them, so if you try to say something about a feeling like sadness or anxiety that you've been experiencing, they are likely to hear it as a criticisms of themselves.
If they don't take your feelings personally, they still are unlikely to respond with much sympathy or helpfulness.