Here’s how to handle a covert narcissist partner!

Here’s how to handle a covert narcissist partner!
Covert Narcissist (Source: SoundCloud)
  • A Covert Narcissist is a person who craves admiration and importance as well as lacks empathy towards others
  • They are is self-centered or focused on their own importance 
  • They have a higher risk of depression and anxiety than other types of narcissists

A covert narcissist is a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder and craves admiration and importance as well as lacks empathy towards others but can act in a different way than other narcissists.

Covert Narcissist
Covert Narcissist (Source: Times of India)

Covert Narcissist is self-centered or focused on their own importance that they lost the touch with reality and does not appear to care about other people. They use manipulation to get the things they want. Being in a relationship with a covert narcissist is difficult and they end up hurting the other person.

Signs of a Covert Narcissist

The real causes of Covert Narcissism are not actually known but it is said that certain factors cause it. Those factors are genetics, childhood abuse and trauma, upbringing and relationship with caregivers, and personality and temperament. The signs are:

  • These types of people present themselves with a sense of inferiority, uncertainty, and self-doubt.
  • They are indecisive and let other people make their important decisions as they fear making a mistake
  • They are highly reactive to criticism when it comes to their work, family, or personality. Likewise, these types of people are extremely emotional.
  • They crave importance and thirst for admiration so they often give compliments purposefully to get the same in return.
  • These people shame others to maintain their elevated position. They make the other people feel small.
Seeking therapy
Seeking therapy (Source: Restorations Therapy Center)
  • Covert Narcissist has a higher risk of depression and anxiety than other types of narcissists.

Handle narcissistic personality disorder

If your partner has these types of signs it is important to address it to them. Here’s how to handle covert narcissists.

  • Have an open conversation with them and try to help them
  • Supportive psychotherapy is also a technic to help them
  • Setting healthy boundaries with the person
  • If things get out of hand creating a healthy distance with them is also a way