Signs of Narcissism in Your Marriage
If you live with someone who hurts you emotionally or physically, today I want to offer you genuine hope & support . . .
- Do you give your best to your marriage, but your best is never enough?
- Do your arguments go round in circles & never get resolved?
- Do you often feel neglected & emotionally in despair?
- Are you worried you will both need years of therapy to get better?
- Do you sometimes worry, “Maybe the fighting is really my fault?”
Forget spending years on the therapists couch discussing who said what and why!
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Does Someone Close to You Show Signs of Narcissism?
The professionals I turned to said outright that there was no hope and treated me like an idiot for believing our marriage could improve and that Steve could get better. The only advice they gave was that I should change the locks and file for a divorce.
Steve’s behaviour was hurting me, but I refused to abandon him. In my heart I knew leaving was the wrong thing to do . . . I still loved Steve and knew there just had to be answers and so I sought all the help and advice I could find. When none of this helped, I started looking beyond traditional marriage counselling advice to corporate leadership training and parent skills training, where at last I stumbled on the first of the steps I would take that finally brought peace to our home.
People were still telling me I was stupid not to leave, but I became hopeful and even more determined that just maybe there was a way I could bring peace and security to our home.”
You must understand I am not saying this was all Steve’s fault. Back then I was focused on Steve being the problem, but I was about to come face to face with my own role in our sad ‘dance’.
Narcissism in Your Marriage Looks Like This . . .
Does your partner treat you different in private than in public?
In public they may pretend to be the perfect husband, father, wife or mother . . . While in private they act sarcastic, haughty and insulting & put people down (even their friends) behind their back.
A person with signs of narcissism will show little regard for your feelings or well-being and may act like they are better than you. They may be arrogant, withdrawn and unavailable and show favouritism between your children.
Their criticism and insults may cause you and/or your children to feel hurt and rejected and even lead to mental health and psychological problems and addictions within your family.”
A person with signs of narcissism may get angry when questioned and believe they deserve things they haven’t earned. They will trade off other people’s reputation and hard work and tell lies and manipulate people to get attention. At the same time they will act charming and perfect to the outside world and make other people believe they are a wonderful father or mother or an all-round great guy or gal.
You may fear that people won’t believe you if you disclose how they talk to you in private – or share the terrible things they say behind other people’s backs.”
Both Women and Men Can Show Signs of Narcissism
I write from Steve and my experience, but there are women who suffer from a narcissistic view on life; the statistics say more men than women suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder and our audience is about 70/30 women to men.
Female narcissists cause their husbands just as much pain and humiliation and cause just as much chaos and destruction in their lives.
But it’s not black and white or men versus women. Most of us have narcissistic tendencies which can affect our relationships badly. Learning to deal with Steve’s narcissism helped me face my own narcissistic side too. It is easy to see in others but much harder to see in ourselves.”
Unfortunately That’s Not All
A narcissistic partner will lie and paint a bad picture of you to their family and friends. They will do this to try to gain sympathy and justify their bad behaviour.
You probably have no idea of all of the lies they are telling you and the lies and exaggerations they are telling other people about you. Blaming your problems on another person is one of the major signs of narcissism.”
Fights about money
Your partner creating fights when you try to discuss money is one of the most common signs of narcissism. They will pretend these fights are your fault, but you should know that in reality they may be hiding credit cards or money transactions from you.
Because narcissists are skilled liars and are usually obsessed with the fantasy of a perfect relationship, you should be aware that they may have secret crushes or be having affairs, using pornography and/or conducting ‘cyber’ affairs without your knowledge . . . If you notice their mind often appears elsewhere, and they show other signs of narcissism, you should be aware this may be the reason.
Obsession with fantasy is part of what makes a person with narcissistic tendencies unavailable, impatient and angry. It is one of the major signs of narcissism. You may not want to consider this possibility, I know I didn’t believe it until the evidence was right in front of me . . . and then I was shattered.”
Not all narcissists are physically abusive, but it’s a significant indicator you may end up part of a violent marriage . . .
The physical abuse is not always perpetrated by the narcissist as it is normal to become very angry with someone who manipulates you and puts you down.
After years of their insults, rudeness and blaming you for everything that is wrong in their life, it’s even normal (especially if you discover that throughout all of this that they have been cheating on you) for you to wish them harm or even wish them dead. This is obviously very serious and so getting (the right) help and support is very important, but can nearly be impossible to find.
We want to see you moving past feeling resentful and wanting to punish your partner (or wanting revenge) to feeling secure and good about yourself and moving into a new time in your life where you are loved, respected and valued in your home and community.”
There are people who will tell you that the only answer is to ‘leave and have no contact’, but this can be dangerous advice. This is exactly how to provoke and escalate rage and physical (and emotional) abuse and violence in couples with these problems. It may also result in stalking. Even worse (as the partner of a narcissist will often feel enraged at how callously their spouse can ‘cast them aside’) the perpetrator of the violence and stalking might be you!
More people are killed or injured in domestic disputes when leaving their relationship (or in the two months after leaving) than at any other time.”
If you want to leave, please get our advice in Back From the Looking Glass first on how to do this safely and get closure. You need to consider that moving somewhere else may put you on even less sure footing than you are already and is no guarantee the fighting will cease or that you will be safer. Instead statistics show that it will often make the fighting worse and leave your children in more danger.
You may be able to get away, but will your children be safe visiting your partner without you there to supervise? And what about the potential abuse down the line from step parents? I am not telling you to leave or stay. What I am saying is that this is not an easy problem to solve and you need to be careful whose advice you listen to and make sure you think this through carefully.
When it comes to you and your children’s safety, statistics show the main issue is NOT whether you leave or stay. The main issue is that you resolve the conflict. Statistically the best result for your children is that you resolve the conflict and stay together, so of course that is a great thing to aim for if possible. The worst outcome (statistically) is if you divorce and don’t resolve the conflict, so really this should only be a last resort option that is executed with extreme caution. In between best and worst are two other options; one, that you resolve the conflict and leave (the second best option); or two that you stay together and not resolve the conflict (the second worst option).
If you understand this you will see that people who tell you to stop trying to resolve the conflict and just leave, are telling you to settle for the worst possible option for your safety, without giving you advice on any other ways of dealing with this. Leaving without resolving the conflict may end up the only option left after trying everything else, but if this ends up the case you will need our help and advice more than anyone!
You should also know that leaving or threatening to leave is NOT a sure way of making your partner feel sorry about their behaviour and want to change. Don’t find out too late that it is more likely to make the conflict worse and increase the potential for serious aggression or assault. Leaving your partner in a position where they feel they have nothing left to lose can even lead to homicide/suicide.
Other dangerous advice you will read on the internet is that people showing signs of narcissism are in fact sociopaths (a type of psychopath or what is now known as anti social personality disorder or ASPD). This disinformations was spread by a man who was later actually diagnosed ASPD (live on TV) and is not the truth about NPD. Narcissism is a very difficult thing to deal with in a partner and you certainly shouldn’t think try and handle this without help and advice, but despite a lot of confusion in the past, the latest DSM (official manual on mental illness) no longer classifies narcissism as incurable.
For your interest here is a book review (for Back From the Looking Glass) from a Clinical Psychotherapist who is a real expert in treating people with NPD.
Kim’s advice matches my 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist. In contrast to much of the misleading information on the internet that confuses the narcissist with a sociopath, Kim gives clear advice that offers realistic help and hope for people who struggle with narcissism in their relationships. Kim is right in her assertion that narcissism is created from attachment wounds and can be healed within the context of a healing relationship that allows healthy dependency and good boundaries. I am so grateful to have found Kim and I constantly refer my clients to her resources!
and author of “You Might Be a Narcissist If . . .”
Despite the hope we offer you need to understand that narcissism is blind to itself and so you mustn’t expect your partner is ever going to want to fix this. Instead we offer you training and skills that will help make you emotionally and physically safer and will eventually help bring you love and respect in your community and home. To ever achieve this you will first need to find the resolve and courage to end the conflict. This won’t happen from you complaining to your partner, playing counsellor to them or trying to please them. Instead you are going to need to learn some new skills. I share a lot more about this (including a free short video) in our free introductory tutorial.
Do you sometimes worry that yourself or your partner will need years of therapy to get better? I once believed this was the only thing that would help Steve, but I was wrong and it was very different steps that turned our marriage around.”
I struggled with this problem for years on my own and it was one of the hardest times of my life.
There is a lot of evidence that therapy is not successful in treating narcissistic personality disorder — and so don’t worry — you won’t need to try and coerce your partner into therapy. Personality disorders are best helped with a reparative relationship. This is why we sometimes call our approach ‘parenting the adult’; Just as learning new parenting skills can help a child feel safe and learn better behaviour, I want to help you learn new ways of responding and relating to your partner that will help de-escalate the fights and also help you become a better parent in the process!
I will share exactly what to do and give you each step in detail with all the common mistakes you should avoid.
I hope sharing our experience will protect you from some of the mistakes we made and the bitter and nasty people I ran into when I first discovered Steve’s narcissism. We have information you can put to use immediately and advice on how to find the right professionals to help.
I look forward to sharing the steps I took to fix our marriage even when everyone said it was hopeless.
It took us a long time to go public with our story, but after things had been better with us for a few years we decided that we just couldn’t stay quiet any longer.”
We saw so many people suffering that we decided we just had to speak up. It was embarrassing at first, but receiving thank you emails every day has more than made up for how difficult it was to speak out.
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I also look forward to sharing what I have learned about codependence (which we prefer to call emotional dependence), which explains why some people are repeatedly attracted to people with a narcissistic view on life. Narcissism and codependence are sometimes called ‘a dance’ (of destruction and despair) . . .
- Have you had difficulty forming happy and peaceful relationships?
- Has attracting lasting love been painful for you?
- Do you often feel emotionally neglected and in despair?
- Have you had more than one troubled relationship in your life?
I want to share with you how I put a stop to Steve’s poor treatment of me and our children and learned how to stand up for myself better and how this changed everything for me and also helped Steve.