It’s easy to fall in love with a narcissist: They’re charming, exude self-confidence and shower you with compliments and attention, at least in the beginning.
Maintaining a relationship with a narcissist is not so easy. In the video above, Psych2Go points out nine signs that you’re in an emotionally manipulative relationship with a narcissist.
One warning sign? Emotional detachment.
“Most narcissists actually seem like the perfect partner when they start out; they’ll flatter you, they’ll build you up, then expect you to build them up [in return],” the narrator explains. “When they’ve finally gotten all the assurance, validation and ego-boosting they can from you, they’ll start to pull away.”
Of course, it’s important to note that narcissism exists on a spectrum; not everyone you date who seems a little into themselves has full-blown narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Head here to read more about narcissism.