Hope & Possibilities Podcast
Episode #32 Dr. Jantz Discusses How to Deal With a Narcissist
A narcissist will exaggerate achievements and expect to be recognized as superior without accomplishments to support it. They have a heightened sense of self-importance and are pre-occupied with fantasies of achievement, brilliance, beauty, and more. They demonstrate a sense of entitlement, and they want and expect to be treated with extra favor, automatic compliance, and excessive admiration.
They believe they are special, unique, and can only be understood by other special, high-status individuals. Notably, there is a lack of empathy and compassion for others.
As a mental health counselor, I have treated a number of people who fit this narcissistic behavior. Many people exhibit one or more of these issues occasionally, and even frequently. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are narcissists. And we need to be mindful of using labels when we talk about individual behavior. Narcissism is deeply engrained and persistent over time. And it is, again, characterized by a lack of empathy.
Narcissism is challenging to overcome. It is a deep-rooted sense of self that stimulates and sustains the ego. It is a power thing, and often imposed on “victims.” A first step is for the narcissist to see that they actually have a disorder. Once that realization occurs, then the process of creating a more balanced, even, and compassionate life needs to occur.
But this podcast is intended for the victims of those who are in a relationship with a narcissist.
In this podcast, I help the listener understand what defines a true narcissist. Then we talk about what you can do if you are in a relationship with a narcissist. If you are, you understand the victimization that can take place. Finally, I provide some actions and techniques you can incorporate to begin healing.
Dr. Jantz’s award-winning treatment facility, The Center • A Place of HOPE in Edmonds, Washington, successfully treats those who have significant anxiety, trauma, phobias, and depression. The Center uses the Whole Person Care approach to healing.
The Center • A Place of HOPE is recognized as a top 10 mental health center in the U.S. and has treated thousands suffering with mental health challenges. If you or someone you care for is struggling with a challenging relationship or depression, please call The Center today and visit with a specialist about what a treatment program can look like for you.