Are you wondering how to stop being a narcissist? It’s not as difficult as you may think. Continue reading to find some tips that will help you change your narcissistic behavior.
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What is narcissism?
Narcissism is a personality disorder that is characterized by an excessive need for admiration and attention. People with this disorder tend to be self-centered, have a sense of entitlement, and lack empathy for others. If you have a partner or a parent who is also a narcissist, here is my previous post about how to respond to a narcissist.
Can you stop being a narcissist?
It is possible to change narcissistic behavior. Although bad habits are not easy to change, if you can work on yourself by inculcating self-discipline and seeking professional help, you will learn to become less narcissistic.
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If you’re wondering how to deal with your narcissistic behavior, here are some tips:
How to stop being a Narcissist
1. Start by admitting that you have a problem
The first step to stopping any negative behavior is to acknowledge that you have a problem. This is especially true when it comes to narcissism. If you’re able to admit that you need help, you’re on the right track to liberating yourself from narcissistic behavior.
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2. Recognize that narcissism is a personality disorder
A narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder that’s characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and a need for admiration. While it’s normal to have some degree of self-esteem and self-importance, people with narcissism have an exaggerated sense of these qualities. They believe they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. So, understand that narcissism is a personality disorder. It is not just something you wake up and stop immediately. It requires gradually dealing with your personality to become normal like others.
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3. Seek treatment to help you overcome your narcissism
If you want to stop being a narcissist, you may need to seek professional help. This is especially true if your narcissism is causing problems in your life, such as difficulty maintaining relationships with your partner and others.
4. Make a commitment to yourself to change
To change this personality disorder, you must make up your mind to change yourself by working on your negative behaviors of excessive self-admiration, selfishness, and self-importance. For example, you can make a commitment to yourself to stop exalting yourself above others each time your narcissistic attitude or behavior arises. Whatever your plans are, make sure you stick to them and continue practicing them, gradually, you will overcome your narcissistic behavior.
5. Be patient and understanding while you work to overcome your narcissism
Dealing with narcissistic behavior requires patience. Bad habits can be changed but it doesn’t work immediately. You need to be patient with yourself and keep working toward improving your life. Sooner or later, you will stop being the narcissist you used to be.
In conclusion, narcissism is a very difficult yet necessary behavior to overcome.
By identifying our own aggressive behavior, reframing our reactions, taking a break from social media, and understanding our own feelings, we can start to combat narcissistic tendencies and create healthier relationships with our friends and family.
Being mindful of our own behavior and making an effort to focus on the needs of others can be an effective step toward changing the way we think and act.
As Winston Churchill aptly said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Let’s take the first step towards understanding and countering our narcissistic impulses, and put our own egos aside to bring peace and unity within our relationships.
Before you go, read my next article on how to let go of a narcissistic relationship
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