These are the telltale narcissist cheating signs you should be aware of:
- Disappearing frequently and being vague about their whereabouts. ...
- Flirting on social media. ...
- Not putting their phone down or letting you anywhere near it. ...
- Accusing you of having an affair. ...
- Sudden changes in behavior. ...
- Sudden changes in libido.
Gaslighting: For the narcissist, cheating is about getting their own needs met, but also as a way to control their partner. This is why they don't seem to care when they are caught. When caught, this allows them to use their control and manipulation tactics to pull you back in while boosting their own ego.
Research suggests that narcissists tend to have relationships that are less warm, less caring, and less satisfying. It has also been suggested that narcissists have a greater tendency toward infidelity.
Narcissists are extremely self-absorbed and always in desperate need of external validation. These characteristics of narcissism make them more likely to cheat on their partners.
Narcissists aren't sociopaths, and they can form connections with others. If a narcissistic individual feels reliant on a partner, then it's possible that they can manage their narcissistic tendencies in favor of faithfulness.
You may have come across a narcissistic or sociopathic personality type. Narcissists and sociopaths are notorious for engaging in both emotional and physical infidelity. Not only are narcissists players and pick-up artists in the dating world, they are also serial cheaters in relationships.
At the end of a relationship, narcissists may become combative, passive-aggressive, hostile, and even more controlling. People with NPD often fail to understand other people's needs and values. They are hyper focused on their egos, but do not account for how their actions affect others.
Narcissists cheat on their spouses, commit adultery and have extramarital affairs and liaisons for a variety of reasons which reflect disparate psychodynamic processes.
By remaining friends with their exes, narcissists get to keep all of their former partners on a carousel of convenience: they can create a harem of people to use for sex, money, praise, attention or whatever else they desire, at any time.
Narcissists view partners as trophies under their power and may expect partners to show deference and adoring behavior throughout the relationship. Manipulation of a partner is emotional abuse, and narcissists resort to some pretty low behaviors if they feel that they are losing their hold on a partner.
Narcissists also gaslight or practice master manipulation, weakening and destabilizing their victims; finally, they utilize positive and negative emotions or moments to trick others. When a narcissist can't control you, they'll likely feel threatened, react with anger, and they might even start threatening you.
Why do gaslighters/narcissists project? In part, it distracts from their own bad behaviors. A gaslighter/narcissist's goal is to make you question your own reality and keep you off kilter. By accusing you of the very thing he is doing, the gaslighter/narcissist makes you frantically try to defend your innocence.
Rejection is the narcissist's worst nightmare, it's a personal attack on their character, and that is not something they take lightly. After the breakup, one of their coping mechanisms will be to fantasize that you're still together. Even if the narcissist has moved on, they won't allow you to.
In fact, narcissists are often attracted to strong, confident, and self-assured women. While this may seem counterintuitive, it is important to realize that the narcissistic traits of grandiosity and confidence are really a mask for deep insecurity.
A narcissist will never stay married through the expression of love, compassion, or respect. Instead, it will be through manipulation, control, and force.
Narcissists cheat, commit adultery, and have extramarital affairs. They do so for a number of reasons. Firstly, narcissists are easily bored. In addition, because of their sense of entitlement and being “above the law,” they tend to engage in behavior that is socially unacceptable.
If you ignore a narcissist and deny them their source, they may become enraged and try even harder for your attention – especially in ways that can be toxic or abusive. Ignoring a narcissist will enrage them because of their fragile egos. They'll feel humiliated and lash out against you to protect themselves.
There is really only one way to break the narcissistic abuse cycle and heal from it's impact; that's through therapy. However, recovering from a trauma of any kind requires more than simply talking about one's feelings.
If we ignore them again by saying “no” or going “no contact” with them, narcissists might go into a complete rage. This rage is a coping mechanism in order for them to deal with us keeping our distance from them or saying “no” to them. A rejection of narcissists means that we think they are not perfect.
Narcissists require loyalty. That being said, the loyalty is only one way. Many narcissists demand loyalty from their partners, while hypocritically betraying the relationship themselves; sometimes by even cheating on their partners, with no remorse.