When she didn’t, “he freaked out and started throwing dishes into the sink and screaming at me about how I was an idiot,” Linda tells SELF.“He did not talk to me for two or three days, even though I would ask him what was wrong."I did not believe it at first because, after being with someone for that long, I wanted to believe that he was a good person and I had invested in something that was real," she admits. I just felt relieved."Dating a narcissist can be a confusing, miserable experience that slowly erodes a person's sense of self-worth.
The findings suggest there are two different dimensions of narcissism, and they can affect relationships differently over time.
“Someone with NPD will exhibit these traits on a continuous basis, across all situations, and not feel bad about it,” Jeanette Raymond, Ph.
D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist and author of , tells SELF.
Hazel*, 28, tells SELF of when she first noticed her boyfriend’s grandiosity.
“He was born on the Fourth of July, and he believed that destined him to greatness,” she says.