Dating a narcisist
Donna Andersn is a journalist who founded the website Love after she came out of an abusive marriage with a sociopath.The website is now a popular go-to place for people who have been through abuse, to help teach them to recognize and avoid sociopaths.You may feel like you're always saying the wrong thing and making your partner angry, but you have no idea what set them off.Without the right words, everything can seem confusing, especially if you haven't read about personality disorders before.They probably told you how different you were to anyone else they've dated, how you were "the one," and you two were "meant to be." They might have complimented you all the time, given you expensive gifts, even taken you on holiday.In reality, they probably weren't Prince/Princess Charming at all, they were just reeling you in, psychologists say.This isn't to say what they're saying isn't true, but it's wise to be wary.
It happens gradually over time, so it can be difficult for the victim to identify before it's too late.
It's not unlike a predator searching for its prey, because they knew they had to find someone weak who they could easily exploit.
Narcissists search carefully for the next person they can charm, seduce and trap, and they're very good at it.
Andersen wrote a blog post last month about some of the phrases and words you should know if you think you're going through an abusive relationship with a narcissist or sociopath, and this is a few of the ones you should be aware of.
Sociopath and narcissist are used interchangeably in this article.