Narcissism is a term used to describe a person who does not consider the emotions of others. Perhaps you have been called this term. Maybe you are thinking you were being logical. Are you in a professional setting where a lot of important decisions are being made and you do not have the time to consider everyone’s feelings? Are you the type of person who checks your feelings at the door? Do you know you come off as narcissistic and do not care because you get the job done?

Narcissistic Thinking

Part of narcissism is keeping your emotions to yourself and avoid letting others see them. Your mind is busy with important projects. You believe you have earned the admiration of others. You struggle to understand the emotions of others. You believe you are important to others around you and your company. Without you, things would fall apart. You spend your free time thinking about having lots of money, power, success, beauty, and ideal love. Only other people of equal status can really understand you because you are unique.

Narcissism and Behavior

As a Narcissist, you are quick to anger when people do not listen to you. They deserve what they get from you because they earned it. You hold yourself to the same high standards as everyone else. If you can do it, so can they. The ends justify the means so you will do what needs to be done to get ahead. Better you take advantage of others before they do it to you. People are often jealous of you because of your accomplishments. 

The Struggle of Narcissism

You keep people at a distance which often leaves you feeling isolated or alone. You struggle to maintain healthy intimate relationships. You are unsure of how to increase intimacy with others. You have a history of burning bridges. Criticism from others is difficult to deal with but nobody criticizes you more than yourself. You have achieved a lot but never feel fully satisfied. Narcissism causes you to struggle with sensations of shame and humiliation. People have made comments on your substance use but you need to cope all the same. 

Counseling for Narcissism

The focus would be to build your emotional intelligence both for yourself and your social relationships. You would learn about each emotion and the function of each. This would directly diminish your narcissistic behavior and thinking. You would develop advanced social skills for both personal and professional relationships. Your leadership and stress management skills would improve. You will build skills to better understand others and how to avoid unwanted reactions. 

Life After Counseling

Imagine nobody calling you a narcissist. Having all of the quantity and high-quality friends you want. Building better intimate relationships comes easy. The criticism of others slides right off your back. You are calm, confident, and a person everyone wants to be around. You have confidence in yourself both at work and at home. Your family engages with you more often. Your spouse is proud to be married to you. 

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