Relationships can be difficult in general, but you can only imagine the added challenge of dating someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. There are a number of ways a relationship is different when you’re dating a narcissist, and it can definitely require some extra work and energy on both partners’ ends. Getting together with a narcissist might not be ideal, but for some people, working through those extra issues could be worth it in the end.
“Narcissism exists on a continuum, so depending on where one’s significant other falls on that continuum, that will determine how likely it is one can have a good relationship with a narcissist,” says psychotherapist Joanne Bagshaw over email. “Someone who is on the lower end of the continuum is more likely to be able to take responsibility their behavior and be more willing and able to resolve conflicts in a healthy way. But narcissists on the higher end of the continuum are very demanding in relationships. They expect and demand a lot from the people around them, but give very little in return.”
Not every narcissist is the same, but they do follow certain patterns when it comes to dating. Here are 10 ways a relationship is different when you’re dating a narcissist, according to experts.