Relationships are a tricky business. Sometimes, the person you are dating reveals their true personality way into the relationship and leaves you to decide if you should take separate paths or trying working it out. One of the most worst case scenarios is when you are stuck with a thoroughly emotionally draining partner, such as a narcissist. Here is this article, we have for you the most basic of methods on dealing with a narcissist.

Narcissism is a psychological condition, where the patient believes themselves to be superior than everyone else. A narcissist’s main focus is themselves, their wants, their wishes and their needs. Despite the fact that some traits of a narcissist’s personality is present in everyone, does not mean that they are narcissists, however, if there is a cluster of the primary traits present, then beware and watch out because you might be dealing with a narcissistic.

Each narcissistic is different in terms of the degree of their narcissism; some can go to extreme lengths to come forward as superior, while others might have a moral code present at some point. There are two main kinds of narcissists: Vulnerable Narcissists and Grandiose Narcissists.

Vulnerable Narcissist are those where the person has created only an outward superior external image. When it comes to their shell, they are self-centered, superior and above everyone else, however, their inner cores are extremely vulnerable, inferior and weak.

On the other hand, Grandiose Narcissists are those where the individual truly perceives themselves to be superior and great – both externally and internally. Moreover, this fact of them being superior might actually be true as well in some grandiose narcissist’s cases.

Efficiently Handling a Narcissist

Listed below are the efficient ways which you teach you how to handle a narcissist dating partner.

Step One: Identification

The first step is to correctly identify if you truly are dealing with a narcissistic partner. Consult your friends to perform an objective observation of your friends behavior and look out for major keys or signs of a narcissistic behavior.

Read: Know if your partner is a narcissistic or not here.

Remember, this isn’t a game of “Gotch’a“: if a person fits into one or two of the above mentioned signs then it does not necessarily mean that the individual is a narcissist. Look for clusters of the behavior and repeated patterns and take help from others for an overly objective identification of your partner.

Step Two: Determine Your Next Move

So you are now sure that the person you are dating is a narcissist, your next step is to decide your most major move: Leave or stay and trying working the relationship out.

If you decide to leave the person, then that’s fine. These are the only two steps you’ll need when to comes to handling narcissistic partners. However, if you choose to stay and try to work the relationship out then keep reading and prepare!

Step Three: Acknowledgement Of The Condition

The first thing you need to come to terms with after choosing to stay is that this is not an “everyday” “normal” partner. This is a narcissistic person who has a very real psychological condition. This person has certain needs like constant praise and always keeping themselves first. If its beyond you to constantly compromise and keep giving without receiving from your partner and being the pillar of the relationship, then its best to rethink your decision and leave because then you would only succeed in stressing yourself out and your partner both.

Step Four: Acknowledgement Of Your Own Feelings

So you here and aware of the demands of your narcissistic partner; you realize that they have added needs as compared to the general partners, and this of course, from time to time, stresses you out. Acknowledge that you’re stressed out. Its perfectly normal to stress out, you are a human being and have human reactions. Its not healthy to bottle up your feelings and emotions up inside because they can later resurface as hard hatred for your partner.

Acknowledge your negative emotions, give yourself time to breathe, discover relaxing activities for yourself and keep reminding yourself of why you chose to stay.

Step Five: Understand The Basis Of Their Behavior

In order to establish a deeper and more peaceful connection with your narcissistic partner, try to understand where their behavior is originating from. If they are a vulnerable narcissist with a weak inner core, then try to get in their shoes and try to understand their feelings and need for constant appreciation and praise. This will allow you to de-stress quite a lot and will provide you better ways of functioning the relationship.

Step Six: Don’t Let Yourself Lose Sight

Things can get pretty messed up and stressful when only one person has taken the center stage. When your needs, appreciation, praise and love is being neglected, you feel all sorts of low and unwanted. Refer back to Step Three and try to reason and understand with yourself that you are not unwanted and this is the emotional drain that is completely normal to feel. Step back, breathe, evaluation, reflect on your reasons to stay and think of your next move.

Step Seven: You Are Important

Admit all the caring and compromise to make a relationship work, you might start to lose yourself. On a weekly basis, give yourself some “me time”, pamper yourself and know that you are more than this, that you are your own person. However, if it gets too much for you to handle, for you to think and for you to love yourself then always remember that you can walk out of the relationship.

Step Eight: Recognize That The Person Might Need Help

Narcissism is a legit mental condition where the person craves to feel superior when in fact they have low self-esteem. Narcissist demand constant praise to feel more like how they externally portray themselves to be, moreover, they can be extremely emotionally draining for those around them. Recognize that this individual might need professional psychological help to be a better person and try to persuade them to attain it.