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19 signs that you're a narcissist and don't even know it

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  • Narcissists often believe that they’re better-looking than others, enjoy taking advantage of and belittling other people, and usually engage in a series of romantic relationships.
  • We put together a list of 19 typical behaviors of narcissists, based on research and expert opinion.
  • This list isn’t intended to be diagnostic, but it can give you a good idea of whether you or someone you know might be a narcissist.
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Narcissism is a distinct personality disorder, which according to Psychology Today, is characterized by “grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration.”

The traits that make narcissists so difficult to hang out with or date — like a willingness to control people and a ruthlessness in getting their needs met — also happen to make them effective at rising up the ranks. Narcissists only make up about 1% of the population, but when you think of the hundreds of people you know, chances are there are may be a few narcissists mixed in. 

To help you figure out if you, your family member, or perhaps your boss is a narcissist, we combed through the psychology literature looking for patterns of narcissistic behavior. We also spoke with Joseph Burgo, PhD, a psychologist and the author of “The Narcissist You Know.”

Here are 19 common signs of narcissism, and how to identify them.

This is an update of an article originally written by Vivian Giang, with additional contributions by Drake Baer. 

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