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Narcissist Divorce

How do I deal with an ex who is a narcissist?

Having represented litigants in divorce for over 20 years, I am often asked about narcissists and narcissistic personality disorder.

Psychology Today defines narcissistic personality disorder as follows:

The hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration. People with this condition are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. They may also concentrate on grandiose fantasies (e.g. their own success, beauty, brilliance) and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment. These characteristics typically begin in early adulthood and must be consistently evident in multiple contexts, such as at work and in relationships.
People with narcissistic personality disorder believe they are superior or special, and often try to associate with other people they believe are unique or gifted in some way. This association enhances their self-esteem, which is typically quite fragile underneath the surface. Individuals with NPD seek excessive admiration and attention in order to know that others think highly of them. Individuals with narcissistic personality disorder have difficulty tolerating criticism or defeat, and may be left feeling humiliated or empty when they experience an "injury" in the form of criticism or rejection.Related Personality Disorders: Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, Paranoid.

Narcissists are very difficult to deal with in a divorce setting. They often believe that they are correct, despite facts or obvious solutions. Additionally, they are often very litigious and not ameniable to negotiation or mutual benefit resolution. It is generally unwise to enter into a collaborative divorce agreement with a person with narcissistic tendencies.

while no person can control a narcissist, it is beneficial to have an advocate that has experience dealing with those with NPD. Additionally, NPD is a seldom clinically diagnosed feature since those with NPD do not readily admit to their narcissism.

If you have a difficult divorce case and an ex-spouse with NPD, whether diagnosed or not, you should hire an experienced attorney with history dealing with such litigants. For a consultation regarding your divorce, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email [email protected]

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