Emotional Attachment as it Relates to Narcissistic Personality Disorder
by: Todd Doyle, International Author of Healing the Shattered: Surviving Narcissistic Abuse
Emotional attachment is a deep emotional bond that develops between two individuals, often as a result of a close, loving, and supportive relationship. Emotional attachment is an important aspect of healthy relationships and can provide a sense of security, belonging, and connection.
However, individuals with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) may have difficulty developing and maintaining emotional attachments. This is because NPD is characterized by an excessive sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and a need for constant admiration and validation. These traits can make it difficult for individuals with NPD to form close, emotionally intimate relationships, as they may prioritize their own needs and desires over those of their partners.
Here are some ways in which narcissistic personality disorder may affect emotional attachment:
1. Difficulty empathizing: Individuals with NPD may have a lack of empathy, which can make it difficult for them to understand or respond to the emotional needs of others. This can make it challenging for them to form close, emotionally intimate relationships.
2. Self-centeredness: Narcissistic individuals may be preoccupied with their own needs and desires and may have difficulty considering the feelings and needs of others. This self-centeredness can make it difficult for them to form strong emotional attachments.
3. Manipulation and exploitation: Narcissistic individuals may use manipulation and exploitation in their relationships to get their needs met and maintain a sense of power and control. This can make it difficult for their partners to trust and emotionally connect with them.
4. Lack of accountability: Narcissistic individuals may have difficulty taking responsibility for their actions and may blame their partners for any problems in the relationship. This lack of accountability can make it difficult for their partners to feel emotionally connected to them.
If you are in a relationship with an individual with narcissistic personality disorder, it is important to recognize the challenges that may arise in terms of emotional attachment. Seeking support from a therapist or counselor can be helpful in navigating these challenges and establishing a healthy, emotionally fulfilling relationship.