Can a Narcissist be with another Narcissist? This is a question that is often asked. So much so, that it prompted me to write a blog post about it when a reader posed the question.
To answer this question though, I'll first define the four types of Narcissists - Cerebral, Somatic, Delusional and Malignant.
Cerebral Narcissists are highly intelligent individuals often found in higher ranking positions, like a CEO of a company. They are typically accomplished scholastically, and often hold advanced educational degrees. They will flaunt this information whenever possible (like weaseling it into conversations).
Somatic narcissists are often most fixated on their body and appearance. They think of themselves as sexual beings and use this to their advantage, often seducing people to get what they want. They will typically be seen as obsessed with staying fit at a gym, or bragging on their athletic prowess.
A somatic narcissist's obsession with appearance isn't just limited to their physical appearance. It also is how others view them. They will take over planning events just so they can be viewed in a positive light.
Delusional Narcissists regale you with tall tales of grand achievements and triumphs. They are prone to exaggerations and embellishments. This type of narcissist lives in a fantasy world and nothing is ever what it seems.
Malignant Narcissists are those who see themselves are far superior to others. As such, they are known for looking down on others and view them as worthless and easily replaceable.
"This type of narcissism is a defining characteristic of psychopathy/sociopathy and is rooted in an individual’s deficient capacity for empathy."
So, keeping that in mind, let's tackle the original question. Can a Narc be in a relationship with another Narc? This answer is actually both yes and no. Here's why....
When you have two Narcissists of the same type (like somatic and somatic, or cerebral and cerebral), then it is impossible to be in a relationship. Why? Because if they are of the same type, they will always be clashing. Therefore, they cannot ever maintain a stable and long-lasting relationship.
"If both members of the couple are cerebral narcissists, for instance if both of them are scholars – the resulting competition prevents them from serving as ample Sources of Narcissistic Supply to each other."
If, however, there are two Narcissists of differing types (somatic and cerebral, Somatic and Malignant), then there is a possibility of a lasting relationship. Why? Because they will serve as each other's narcissistic supply. They will take turns being the dominant one and the subservient one.
Have you known two Narcissists to be in a relationship? Comment below. And as always, I appreciate you sharing your stories with me.
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