By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com
Narcissists—you can’t leave them, it’s nearly impossible to love them, and you feel like you want to pull your hair out whenever you’re around them.
Laura Thomas, Ph.D., a psychologist who helps her elderly clients deal with a variety of mental health issues, says that narcissistic tendencies often become less pronounced as a person ages.
Yet many caregivers would say that they have to deal with self-important people on a daily basis.
Whether they come in the form of an uncompromising elderly care recipient, a selfish sibling, or an exploitative uncle, narcissists can be a difficult burden for caregivers to bear.
Formally known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), narcissism is a mental disorder marked by feelings of extreme superiority, demanding endless praise and recognition, and constant manipulation of other people (including friends and loved ones) with little or no regard to their feelings or emotions.
Narcissists can come in a variety of flavors. They can be grandiose peacocks who strut about, shoving their imagined superiority in your face, or they can be magnetic and outwardly caring—until you get in their way.