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Normally when we think of the word narcissism, our minds tend to correlate males with narcissism. In reality, there are many women narcissists in the world and raising awareness about women narcissists so people can make informed decisions about their significant other. Female narcissists tend to be more subtle in their narcissistic tendencies and are more difficult to spot. It is difficult to distinguish between self-esteem and cocky in female narcissists.
There are many traits and characteristics of women narcissists but there are five key traits to keep in mind.
- Women narcissists are more likely to dress provocatively. By dressing seductively, it is highly likely the attention will be on them. Dressing in a provoking manner fuels women narcissists’ self-confidence and attractiveness. They dress in a way that attracts attention of others but is quite mysterious. In turn, this attention increases her confidence but also fuels additional self-serving behaviors such as promiscuity or seductiveness.
- Highly competitive. Women narcissists believe they are superior to others intellectually. They believe that people are envious and jealous of her. In turn, they use this as an excuse for their lack of meaningful relationships.
- Women narcissists often have a sense of entitlement and believe they deserve “special treatment” while emotionally investing a minimal amount in things. They have lack of empathy and remorse for mistakes and wrongdoings. They will exploit or hurt people to get what they want.
- Women narcissists rarely, if ever, take responsibility or accountability for their actions and behaviors in different situations. They have a tendency to blame others for the behavior. Pay attention to the way they talk about their past and different situations and determine whether a pattern exists.
- They exhibit an abnormal rage or aggression when things don’t go their way or if they are rejected. They have a highly addictive personality and engage in risky behaviors. Be sure to listen to their stories and pay close attention to the amount of times and how often they have engaged in some type of aggressive behavior.
Many of these behaviors are common in women who are not narcissistic but the key thing to keep in mind is how often these traits or characteristics are exposed. Unfortunately, many red flags are overlooked in regards to women narcissists because the majority of people have a gender bias in terms of narcissism. Narcissistic behaviors and traits are very common between both genders, but many of the characteristics manifest themselves in different ways in men and women.
Men and women have to start speaking out about their personal or professional experiences with women and men narcissists in order to raise awareness for both genders. The preconceived notions of many people that believe narcissism is predominantly in males are false and we need to start recognizing narcissism in women. Narcissism in women is becoming increasingly common and therefore, we need to educate and inform others to increase the awareness to women narcissism. It is not gender-specific.
This article originally appeared on YourTango
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