Narcissists are people who have a lot of undesirable traits, one of which is denying any flaws and never taking the blame for anything. When you live with or are even friends with a narcissist, it can be very difficult. You face an uphill struggle every step of the way. Of course, if the narcissist you know displays aggressive or even violent behavior, a clean break is the best course of action. However, if the narcissist is simply someone who is annoying, you may want to look at how best to deal with them.
It can be difficult to deal with a narcissist effectively, as they are so determined that they are always right and that it’s their way or the highway. Well, if you’re faced with that choice, then you are probably better off choosing the highway! However, there are steps you can take to deal with narcissists that are part of your life, whether they are partners, close friends, or family members. In this article, we will look at a few of the ways in which you can do this.
Some Methods You Can Try
When it comes to dealing with a narcissist, you do have to show strength of character and determination, as otherwise, they will walk all over you. Some of the things you can do include:
Don’t Let Yourself Be Rushed
One thing that many narcissists will do is try to rush you into making decisions, and often this is about a really bad idea. When you are being rushed into deciding something that is a bad idea in the first place, it most likely will not end well! So, you need to be firm and make sure you think about things carefully before you make any decisions, even if the person is trying to force your hand.
Learn to Say No
Another thing you have to do when you are dealing with a narcissist is to learn to say no. These are people who are known for their ability to manipulate, and this is something you always have to keep in mind. It does take strength to say no to someone, particularly if that someone is determined and manipulative. However, this is something you have to get used to doing when you have a narcissist in your life.
Don’t Let Your Past Hold You Back
Another common trait of the narcissist is to use mistakes that you have made in the past against you, as this makes it easier for them to control you in the present. The only way you can stop narcissists from using your past mistakes against you is by moving on from them yourself. So, you must learn not to let the past hold you back. Remember, we all make mistakes through life, and you shouldn’t let a narcissist hold you back because of yours.
Don’t Believe All the Promises
Something else you should do is to learn not to believe all the promises the narcissist makes to you, as, more often than not, they will not be honored. Narcissists often make lots of promises to people around them, as it provides them with yet another form of control. However, you will be lucky to see any of these promises actually comes to fruition. So, rather than being disappointed all the time or allowing yourself to be controlled, take the promises with a pinch of salt.
There is no doubt that you have to develop a certain strength of character when you have a narcissist in your life. Otherwise, you will end up being pushed around and controlled. By making sure you are strong and determined when around them, you can reduce the negative impact they have on your life.