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Five signs to spot a narcissist

sex and relationships Updated: Mar 11, 2014 18:17 IST
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You can't stop talking about your latest car even though the other person is discussing his severe illness? You spend nights plotting how to increase the number of your friends on Facebook? Your appearance is all important for you even at the cost of other far more important issues? Chances are, you may be a narcissist. Read on to spot signs of a budding narcissist, as reported in

Any conversation is about you
The discussion can be about anything - political climate, upcoming appraisals or the weather. But by the time a narcissist is through with it, the conversation is about him/her. Keep a check on this tendency, it is hardly the best way to make friends and influence people.

Name dropping
A narcissist's wife's third cousin's uncle knows a Bollywood star/political honcho/important CEO. Name dropping is a tactic to make oneself seem better. But even in the stories of tragedy or failure, there's an air of entitlement and victimisation.

Narcissists are also shopaholics
Looking good takes a large chunk of their time. While not all shopaholics are narcissists, the reverse is strictly true. And if she did visit the sale, she is not going to tell you that. Appearances are important so weekly visits to manicurists and the salon.

No criticism please
Criticism is not welcomes by anybody, but in case of narcissists, criticism can lead to an explosive or very sulky reaction.

Excuses, excuses
It is never a narcissist's fault. If anything goes wrong, he/she tries to pin blame on anybody other than them. They don't care if they leave others wrecked. They are also likely to be love cheats.