Loyalty Issue With Someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder
by: Todd Doyle, International Author of Healing the Shattered: Surviving Narcissistic Abuse
Loyalty is an important aspect of any healthy relationship, and it refers to a sense of faithfulness and commitment to a person or cause. In a romantic relationship, loyalty means being committed to your partner and being there for them through good times and bad.
However, in a relationship with someone who has narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), loyalty can be a more complex issue. This is because individuals with NPD are 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 them to form close, emotionally intimate relationships, and they may prioritize their own needs and desires over those of their partners.
Here are some ways in which narcissistic personality disorder may affect loyalty in a relationship:
1. 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 be loyal to their partners, as they may prioritize their own interests over those of the relationship.
2. Lack of empathy: 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 their partners. This can make it challenging for them to be loyal and supportive in the relationship.
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 feel loyal to 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 loyal and committed 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 loyalty. Seeking support from a therapist or counselor can be helpful in navigating these challenges and establishing a healthy, mutually supportive relationship.