You might be friends with a narcissist, or you might work with one. We received a question from a reader who suspects that she might be dating a narcissist.
In a nutshell, gaslighting is making someone distrust their own view of reality through manipulation.
Narcissists so easily gaslight people (accidentally, or on purpose) because they need to feel like they’re smarter than you.
While the jerk part is up for debate, self-centered is right on the money.
Another facet of grandiosity, one of the diagnostic criteria for NPD, is seen by the trait of being self-centered.
This means that they gain their self-identity and self-motivation from others, often through traits such as grandiosity, antagonism, and attention-seeking behaviours.