9 Common Narcissistic Traits in Men with Examples


Narcissism, often portrayed in popular culture as an excessive love of self, is far more complex and potentially damaging than mere vanity.

It's a deeply ingrained personality disorder that can significantly affect relationships and mental health.

This article will explore nine distinct narcissistic traits commonly found in men, providing examples for better comprehension.

Whether you're trying to understand a partner, a friend, or even your own behavior, this insight could prove invaluable.

It's important to remember that while knowledge can empower, it's not a substitute for professional advice when dealing with such intricate psychological issues. 

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1. Superiority and Uniqueness

Narcissistic men often exhibit a sense of superiority and uniqueness that sets them apart from others.

This trait is characterized by an inflated self-perception, where they consider themselves to be special or superior to others in various aspects such as intelligence, attractiveness, or talent.

For instance, a narcissistic man might persistently dominate conversations, emphasizing his unique skills, knowledge, or accomplishments, often disregarding the thoughts and inputs of others.

He may consistently seek to showcase his superiority, whether it's about his career success, physical prowess, or intellectual acumen.

2. Lack of Empathy

Lack of empathy, which often manifests as an inability or unwillingness to recognize and respect the feelings of others.

A narcissistic man might dismiss a partner's feelings of upset or discomfort, preferring to prioritize his desires without considering the impact of his actions on others.

This could include anything from trivializing a partner's work stress to ignoring their need for emotional support during difficult times. 

3. Fantasies of Power

Fantasies of power are a common trait among males with covert narcissistic tendencies.

These individuals often harbor grandiose visions of wielding significant influence, control, or success in their personal or professional lives.

Their conversations frequently revolve around their ambitious goals and the power they wish to attain.

For example, consider Tom, a middle manager in a corporate firm.

He often fantasizes about climbing the corporate ladder to reach the CEO position, constantly talking about how he would change the company's direction once he obtains that power.

He might also express a desire to dominate the market, outshine competitors, and be the most influential player in his industry.

This constant pursuit of power, often at the expense of others, is indicative of Tom's covert narcissistic tendencies.

4. Moving Fast in Relationships

Narcissists are known for their tendency to rush into relationships, often moving at a pace that can be disconcerting for their partners.

They may quickly escalate the relationship, making grand gestures and promises, and rushing into commitments without fully considering the implications or consequences.

For instance, consider Alex, who after only a few weeks of dating, is already discussing marriage and future plans with his new partner, Lisa.

He showers her with extravagant gifts and declarations of love, pushing for exclusivity and commitment at a speed that leaves Lisa feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

Alex's fast-paced approach to the relationship, characteristic of narcissistic behavior, disregards Lisa's comfort level and fails to allow for the necessary time to build a solid, mutual understanding and trust in the relationship.

5. Argumentative Nature

An antagonistic narcissist's argumentative nature can be quite challenging to navigate.

They are often contrary, disagreeing with others simply for the sake of disagreement, and they rarely let go of perceived slights or disagreements.

For example, in a group discussion, such an individual might constantly challenge others' ideas, not necessarily to provide constructive criticism but to assert their superiority or dominance.

When someone disagrees with them, they might take it personally and hold a grudge against that person, refusing to forgive or forget the incident.

This unyielding attitude can create a hostile environment, strain relationships, and hinder productive dialogue.

6. Grandiose Self-Image

Narcissists are often characterized by a grandiose self-image, seeing themselves as superior to others and frequently exaggerating their accomplishments or abilities.

As an example, during a casual conversation, such an individual might boast about single-handedly leading a successful project at work, embellishing the details to make it appear as if they were the sole reason for its success.

They may also claim to have extraordinary skills or talents, often overstating their abilities or achievements to appear more impressive.

7. Manipulative Behavior

Manipulative behavior is a prominent characteristic often exhibited by narcissists.

They skillfully maneuver situations and people to serve their interests, frequently using tactics like gaslighting or guilt-tripping.

For instance, in a workplace setting, such an individual might subtly undermine a colleague's confidence by questioning their decisions or abilities, causing them to doubt their judgment.

This gaslighting tactic allows the manipulator to gain control and influence.

Similarly, they might use guilt-tripping as a tool for manipulation. They could express disappointment or claim emotional hurt when someone disagrees with them, thereby manipulating the person into siding with them out of guilt.

8. Need for Admiration

 The need for admiration is a distinguishable trait in narcissists, who often require constant validation and affirmation from others to bolster their self-esteem.

In everyday interactions, such individuals might frequently steer conversations towards their achievements or skills, subtly fishing for compliments.

They might also exaggerate or fabricate stories about their accomplishments to elicit admiration from others.

When they succeed in being the center of attention, they feel validated. However, this constant need for admiration can lead to strained relationships as it often comes at the expense of acknowledging and appreciating others.

9. Lack of Accountability

Lack of accountability is a common trait among narcissists, who seldom take responsibility for their actions or mistakes.

Instead, they frequently shift blame onto others for their failures or shortcomings.

For instance, in a team project that didn't meet its goals, such an individual might deflect blame onto team members, citing their lack of effort or incompetence as the reason for the project's failure, while ignoring their role or contribution to the outcome.

This tendency to avoid responsibility and blame others not only shields them from criticism but also enables them to maintain their inflated self-perception.

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Understanding these common narcissistic traits in men, such as manipulative behavior, the need for admiration, and lack of accountability, among others, is crucial to recognizing and dealing with narcissism.

These behaviors can cause significant harm to the individual and the people around them, leading to strained relationships and unhealthy dynamics.

Nonetheless, it's crucial to bear in mind that narcissism is a multifaceted personality disorder necessitating professional help.

If you or someone you know exhibits these traits, don't hesitate to seek assistance from mental health professionals.

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