Just as it is among men, narcissism, a dysfunctional behavior is also common among women.
The following traits provided by experts, victims and survivors of emotional abuse and those who had at a time encountered female narcissists; all give detailed explanation to narcissism among women.
- A female narcissist is good at marketing herself. Being the most charming person in the room, you can’t take that away from her; as she craves for attention.
- A narcissist female lacks common courtesy. She’s convinced that the reason for her existence is to make the world complete, thus, sees no reason to reciprocate empathy to others.
- When in a relationship, a female narcissist disengages, use neglect and abandonment to punish her partner.
- Female narcissist lacks the ability to process shame i.e. has difficulty apologizing when found guilty.
- She is unpredictable in her moods. Due to pride and other traits, a narcissist won’t open up to you what she actually wants.
- Study shows female narcissists will apologized profusely if backed into a corner i.e capable to regret wrong doings just for short-term, it won’t be long when she returns to narcissistic patterns.
- She belittles your accomplishments, hopes and dreams.
- A female narcissist is prone to envy. She seeks opportunity to undermine others, though pretends she’s contented with what she’s got.
- She focuses her attention on makeup, and more likely to have plastic surgery.
- She is unreasonably jealous.
- A female narcissist seeks favorable treatment. She believes that she deserve to have every good thing the world has.
- Narcissist enjoys being photographed. She places much priority in getting her best portrait on social media sites.
- She believes she’s intellectually superior to peers.
Further readings: Paul Wink: The Three Types of Narcissism in Women. Institute of Personality Assessment and Research. University of Carlifornia at Berkeley. J Res Pers: Behavioral Manifestations of Narcissism in Everyday Life. 2010 Aug 1; 44(4): 478–484. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2010.06.001 Philipson, I. (1985), Gender and narcissism, Psychology of Women Quarterley, Vol. 9, pp. 213-228. Rhodewalt, F., Tragakis, M.W. and Finnerty, J. (2001), Narcissism and self-handicapping, Linking self-aggrandizement to behavior, Department of Psychology, University of Utah.