- Knowing how to establish firm boundaries with a narcissist can seem overwhelming at first.
- To get started, think about what you are and aren’t OK with — and what the consequences are for crossing your boundaries.
- Boundaries are personal, so you don’t need to justify or explain why you’re setting one.
- A mental health professional like a therapist can help you navigate the specifics of your situation.
Whether it’s a loved one or an acquaintance, dealing with a narcissist can be challenging. They may try to gaslight you, place unfair blame on you, and dismiss your emotions. As a result, it’s important to protect yourself by setting firm boundaries.
Of course, we understand that can be easier said than done. That’s why we’ve compiled tips to help you set boundaries and stick to them.
How To Spot a Narcissist
According to The Recovery Village, many experts believe narcissism exists on a spectrum. While a healthy amount of narcissism can help someone take pride in themself, too much narcissism can lead to toxic relationships. Here are common signs and symptoms that a narcissist might exhibit:
- Always talks about themself — their talents, looks, etc.
- Fantasizes about monetary, professional, or romantic success
- Belittles others because they believe they’re superior
- Craves near-constant praise and attention from others
- Takes criticism as a personal attack and holds grudges
Depending on where someone falls on the narcissism spectrum, they might be self-absorbed or they might have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). The source says 1 in 200 people have NPD. Regardless, taking care of your well-being by setting boundaries is important.