6 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One is an Exhibitionist Narcissist


Is your loved one an exhibitionist narcissist? It’s common to encounter people who suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. This article will help you discover the key signs that reveal this disorder.

Consider this information about exhibitionist narcissists and see if anyone in your life fits the description:

1. What is an exhibitionist narcissist?

It’s a person who has a grandiose view of themselves, and an inflated ego.

An exhibitionist narcissist is similar to other types of narcissists. They usually grow up with poor self-esteem and may lack a nurturing environment at home. They often compensate for this by having an inflated sense of self.

Exhibitionist narcissists also have a sense of entitlement.

This potentially may come off as somewhat subtle, but it’s possible to find slips in the mask. Keep an eye out for times they subtly bring their admirable qualities into light.

2. Center of attention.

Exhibitionist narcissists always have to be the center of attention. They want the whole world to revolve around them.

They love attention and seek it out, and they want everyone to love and praise them. They’re not comfortable sharing the spotlight with friends or other family members. They easily become jealous if they’re not the center of attention.

Sometimes that jealousy may not be clear, but it can be difficult for them to hide their distaste, even if it’s as simple as looking extremely uncomfortable.

3. Lack of empathy.

Exhibitionist narcissists don’t understand what other people are feeling. They can’t relate to them and often ignore them.

Although exhibitionist narcissists are capable of feeling hurt, they don’t realize it when they hurt others. They’re only able to see their own feelings and don’t care about how others feel.

Exhibitionist narcissists also tend to be selfish.

They expect the world to bend to their needs and desires, and they want everything immediately and lack patience. They don’t care that their wishes inconvenience others. 

It doesn’t matter what they owe you, it matters what they’re feeling. If you’re making them uncomfortable or if they feel attacked, it doesn’t matter what you feel you deserve from the relationship.

4. Expecting perfection is a big sign.

Most exhibitionist narcissists expect perfection from those around them. Often, they have unrealistic expectations and extremely high standards.

They also believe that they’re perfect, and it’s impossible to convince a narcissist that they’ve made a mistake, and they push their expectations on others and refuse to live in the real world.

Remember: The key is projecting and pushing perfection. An impossible human goal.

Projecting perfection is also important for the exhibitionist narcissist. They will go to great lengths to convince others they’re perfect. They’ll spend hours editing photos, cleaning their homes, or buying new things. They’ll lie if it’s necessary to convince someone they’re perfect.

Often, exhibitionist narcissists will post idealized images and stories about their lives online, painting the exact image they want you to see. Whether anyone cares at all or not.

It isn’t the point. The point is that you see them exactly how they need to be seen.

5. Using others.

Since exhibitionist narcissists don’t care about other people, it’s easy for them to use others. In some cases, they’ll use family members as props, means to an end.

They often tend to think of people as things. They believe they’re easy to replace and exchange.

Exhibitionist narcissists can make family or friends feel like they’re accessories. Since the narcissists have to be the center of attention at all times, they’ll push people aside to get what they want.

Narcissist have a hard time returning affection because they don’t view others as their equals.

6. No apologies or responsibility.

Exhibitionist narcissists are not able to apologize even if they realize they’ve done something wrong. They don’t take responsibility for their actions.

They refuse to acknowledge that they’re wrong. You can wait forever to hear an apology from them, and you won’t get one.

Admitting a mistake would be a devastating blow to their egos, it’s not in their ability to willingly do so.

It’s easier for them to pretend nothing is wrong when they’ve done something wrong. It’s easier to ignore issues forever and let others suffer because, once again, they don’t care.

Once you learn the signs, it’s easy to spot an exhibitionist narcissist. You can learn how to see these signs and use this information to avoid narcissists.

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