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  • Writer's pictureTeresa Prescott

What to do when your partner thinks in me, me, me instead of we.

Undoubtedly narcissist personality disorder has become part of the social lexicon increasingly over the past few years as society looks for solutions in the family law sphere. What is a narcissist, though? Many people believe it's simply someone with an inflated ego, or someone who only cares about themself. While those may be narcissistic traits, they do not alone indicate that a person has narcissist personality disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition ed.), narcissistic personality disorder entails:

  • A grandiose logic of self-importance

  • A fixation with fantasies of infinite success, control, brilliance, beauty, or idyllic love

  • A credence that he or she is extraordinary and exceptional and can only be understood by, or should connect with, other extraordinary or important people or institutions

  • A desire for unwarranted admiration

  • A sense of entitlement

  • Interpersonally oppressive behavior

  • No form of empathy

  • Resentment of others or a conviction that others are resentful of him or her

  • A display of egotistical and conceited behaviors or attitudes

It is apparent from this list of behavior why it is difficult to partner and/or parent with a narcissist. Often when filing for divorce or establishing custody, this can lead to protracted litigation wherein the narcissistic party only cares about "saving face", instead of working towards an amicable split or considering the best interests of the children.

Prescott Legal has been involved in many cases where one or more partner has narcissistic personality disorder, and while they are difficult cases, we have the expertise, patience and fortitude to tackle them. Our office can help you communicate clearly, cope with narcissistic attacks and oppressive behaviors, and coparent with a narcissist in a manner that considers your child's best interest. Compassion is at the heart of everything we do.

If you need help with a divorce or parenting matter with elements of narcissistic personality disorder, we are here for you! Call us to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards regaining your peace of mind.

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