Have you had the opportunity to experience being in a relationship with a narcissist/sociopath? I’ve wanted to put out a PSA about it months ago. If you haven’t had the opportunity to be in a personal one-on-one relationship, you are now. You’re in a relationship with a narcissist/sociopath, yep and it’s the current POTUS. Personally, I think many politicians are narcissists/sociopath because they’re just out for themselves, but this POTUS is such a classic textbook narcissist/sociopath that my therapist friends and I watched his campaign with bulging eye sockets, saying, “Can you believe this sh!t?!” This real life living textbook example of what a narcissist/sociopath is a dream come true for the psychology instructor.
I don’t want to see the POTUS fail, yet in all honesty I am having difficulty with compassion considering there isn’t any compassion being displayed from him, his Fright Night cabinet or Congress. Some people aren’t aware of such behavior so they may not be able to see it, instead thinking that this is just for show. Some people are in denial and make excuses for his behavior, and still others are ‘comfortable’ with narcissistic behavior and don’t care. But, anyone that has been in any kind of relationship or familiarity with a narcissist/sociopath knows that it never gets better. It’s been less than 2 weeks and already it looks like a Comedy of Errors, only it’s not funny. I wouldn’t be surprised if POTUS, his cabinet and Congress sought ways to limit the free press, access to it or instill the slow decimation of our constitutional rights. Watch, it will happen. For the people who think you’re safe, you’re not. A narcissist/sociopath will turn on you and discard you just as soon as you are no longer needed for his plans.
Here’s what you can look froward to being in a personal relationship with a Narcissist/Sociopath. Red lettering are broad examples via the current POTUS.
In the beginning of the relationship (Campaign) you can look forward to:
- Being swept off your feet through gestures of buying material objects, gifts, and trips.
- Image is EVERYTHING to them and your image matters too. Makes a great impression in the beginning. Needs the best of everything and extremely status/fame (recognition/adoration) oriented. Loves adoration. Ever seen him or his family in a pair of sweats, with messed up hair walking on the streets of New York?
- Being told exactly what you want to hear. Building a wall, Muslim Ban.
- Moving fast (emotional or sexual intimacy) into a relationship, using terms such as WE and US.
In the middle of the relationship (now) you can look forward to:
- Emotional distance perpetuated through physical distance such as
- Working (a-holic), substance abuse, anywhere but with you.
- Lack of Empathy for you and others. This one is the most important. All other behavior stems from lack of empathy. Throw in sociopathy and you have a lack of guilt. Sound fun? It’s interesting that people believe that this POTUS understands the average working man’s/woman’s plight. Just because someone can identify someone’s vulnerability and use it for their own gain doesn’t translate into empathy.
- Consistent criticisms, verbal abuse, anger outbursts, intimidation tactics escalating to possible physical abuse. Angry Verbal attacks via twitter, attempted lawsuits.
- Manipulations and lies even when faced with the facts and truth. You will hear bullshit more times than not. Inauguration photos. Making up numbers and information such as voter fraud, increase in crime, unemployment rates etc. There will be much more.
- Blatant disregard of and crossing of your boundaries. Signing of defunding of Planned Parenthood after millions of women (men and children) marched around the world.
- A sense of entitlement that is insatiable. Multiple Executive orders WITHOUT going through the proper judicial channels.
- Inability to physically or emotionally be present in times of crises, or when you need/want support such as having a baby, loss of family member, accident requiring hospital stay/assistance etc. Repeal of ACA (Obamacare). Let’s see what happens when we have a natural disaster.
- You’ll be blamed, shamed, and made wrong for their actions and behaviors. Blaming the media for calling out the lies and ‘alternative facts.’ This is the time in which you will begin to question yourself, and depending how healthy your sense of self is, you will feel crazy because you will feel like you entered the twilight zone. Seriously. You try but just can’t make sense of his behavior. You will feel crazy and wonder if it’s you, but in order to appease the narcissist/sociopath and stay in the relationship you must buy into whatever alternate reality they spew. This will create anxiety and depression for you.
- Inability to take accountability for actions and behaviors, hence you will rarely, if at all hear an apology UNLESS it has to do with something they want. The apology won’t be about you at all. No apology has been stated. Others take it as a positive as if being a maverick against political correctness. It’s not.
- Constant effort to reassure your partner (no matter what you do, it will never be enough). You have to feed, coddle and burp a grown man!? No thanks. In POTUS’ administration, we can see and hear it by Spicer’s and Conway’s comments with the media. They spew alternative facts, otherwise they’d be fired.
- Consistent fighting, depending on if you set boundaries (use your voice) or just say yes to appease no matter what the cost is to you. Marching is setting a boundary.
- You will be objectified, they value by what they have and accumulate. The best of everything. You will have an undercurrent feeling of needing to be perfect (physically, intellectually, professionally, Status related) at all times. Again, no matter what you do, how great you look, how intelligent, or how successful you are, it will not be enough because the narcissist is always on the lookout for someone/something better. His Wives (previous models). Which brings us to
- Affairs. At some point, they will look and find someone else. They will have multiple affairs or long-term affairs. Yes, and has been repeatedly accused of harassment by multiple women.
- Inability to maintain long-term relationships. Multiple marriages.
Near the ‘end’ of the relationship you can look forward to:
- Living separate lives under the same roof. This is done for self-protection, a boundary within the relationship. If you choose to stay in the relationship long-term, this is how it will most likely be. Remember the media reported that his current wife wanted to stay in New York?. My therapist friends and I were like, “There it is!” Classic textbook. I feel for Melania, she was almost free.
So, How do you deal with a narcissist/sociopath? There are only few options.
- With Kid Gloves, if you want to have some sort of relationship. Just know that the relationship will be one-sided and not in your favor. Kid gloves = saying Yes to most everything regardless if your boundary, values or morals have been crossed.
- Don’t give them adoration. Shut them out. It will drive them nuts. They will either rage or do a 180 for a time to regain the adoration.
- Leave. Get out ASAP. The healthier you are, the less likely you will tolerate being treated in such a way. The narcissist/sociopath will often prey upon empathic or vulnerable people and will often create an environment in which their partner is financially dependent upon them. This way, they have control. Therefore, some partners find themselves financially and psychologically trapped within the relationship.
A relationship with a narcissist/sociopath will deplete you emotionally, physically and possibly financially because they will slowly and methodically tear you down by criticizing everything you do, everything you are until you yourself begin to feel hated and resemble just a shell of what you were.
*Note: For the national scale, what will be needed is consistent and firm boundaries (Marches/Protests) by the people of this nation.
If you choose to leave the relationship (set a boundary) before your narcissist/sociopath partner wants:
- Be prepared for revenge tactics such as increasing financial hardship by stalling divorce proceedings thereby increasing the amount of money it takes for the divorce to become final, your partner seeking to take something of value away from you (your reputation, custody of the kids, money, house, child and spousal support, pets, tarnishing your relationship with your children by blaming you for the demise of the relationship, or using manipulation of money, material objects to sway your kid’s affection etc.). Nice huh?
How do you know when you’re dealing with a Narcissist/Sociopath?
- Set a Boundary and most likely you will see this person go into a rage competing with the best tantrums of the most experienced 3-4 year old. Child. In healthy relationships, you should be able to openly communicate with your partner. A narcissist/sociopath will see a boundary as a personal attack against them and turn the tables by attacking and blaming you. It’s their way or the highway because they don’t really care about you. Sounds harsh, yes, but true.
- Express a need or share with your narcissist/sociopath how their behavior affected you. You will again, most likely get a wrath of words, anger and rage rained down upon you. See above.
Some people think that a narcissist can change. There can be change with consistent long-term therapy. However, I would say the change that will be seen will be fairly small. A baby takes bigger steps. Without the empathy muscle, change is minimal. I know I sound harsh maybe even gloomy, but this is reality when you’re dealing with a personality disorder and times2. For the people refusing to see that this behavior is not ok because you think you’re safe, well, you’re not. It NEVER gets better with a narcissist/sociopath. It may appear so in the beginning, but underneath the smoke and mirrors is the truth.
“Don’t Believe the Hype.”