He's witty, charismatic, attractive, and he showers you with compliments. There is a flash of excitement and everything seems perfect — except sometimes he exaggerates when he talks about his resume. And, you wish he wasn't so condescending to your BFF. The bragging? Well, it is a turn-off.
Are you dating a narcissist? Here are 7 warning signs
Are You Dating a Narcissist? Here’s How to Tell
It began with a simple email to a colleague. I was flattered by his note. Finally , I thought, someone sees my value. I thanked him and went on to describe all the ways in which world domination had eluded me thus far. My tone was sarcastic and self-deprecating. I thought we were joking around. In my case, soon after the emails, the phone calls began.
5 Red Flags and Blind Spots in Dating a Narcissist
In the early throes of dating, and during those initial weeks of a relationship, there are certain signs to be aware of that might indicate the other person is a narcissist. Love bombing is an attempt to accelerate the birth and growth of feelings within the victim by creating an intense atmosphere of affection and adoration. It does this by adding elements of confusion, flattery, dependency, and an air of destiny into the mix. Confusion occurs because of the sheer amount of communication that takes place between the couple; ceaseless texting, frequent phone calls, interaction on social media, and a strong wish to meet in person as often as possible. It can feel utterly overwhelming to be on the receiving end of such a bombardment, one that is designed to convince the victim of the unique and special bond they have with the narcissist.