People with damaging counteractive personalities often attract one another. Why is this the case and how can others help?
Unhealthy Opposites Attract
People with narcissistic personality disorder often appear very charismatic and exciting to those looking for approval. The need to feel accepted and validated can draw people with clinical depression towards those with narcissism.
Additionally, people with clinical depression may find narcissists attractive because they assume that their needs and wants will always be taken care of. Unfortunately, this often leads to an unbalanced and unhealthy dynamic.
Living with someone who has narcissistic personality disorder is difficult for people with clinical depression. It can be an emotionally draining, challenging and intense experience. The narcissist often focuses on getting his or her needs met.
There may be unwillingness to compromise or empathize with the person with depression. Seeking support with a psychotherapist or other professional can be helpful in learning how to cope with and manage the challenges of living with a narcissist. Narcissistic personality disorder is the antithesis of clinical depression.
Clinical Depression Symptoms
- Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Decreased energy or desire to engage in activities
- Negative thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Changes in sleep and appetite
- Physical aches and pains
- Thoughts of suicide or death
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Symptoms
- Grandiose sense of self-importance
- Excessive need for admiration
- Lack of empathy for others
- Extreme obsession with personal achievement
- Tendency to take advantage of others
- Arrogant and haughty demeanor
- Preoccupation with fantasies of power and beauty
Supportive Friends of Clinically Depressed
As a friend, help by providing emotional and moral support, as well as reassurance. It is comforting to listen to the depressed person’s concerns and struggles with understanding. Remind the person of his or her value, and encourage them to take care of themselves. Help them focus on developing strategies to cope with the situation.
It is essential for individuals with clinical depression to be aware of their own vulnerability and take steps to protect themselves. Strategies such as setting boundaries, avoiding giving in to unreasonable demands, and having a trusted friend or family member with which to talk is invaluable.
Setting boundaries and practicing self-care, such as maintaining a healthy social life, getting enough sleep, and exercising is helpful. Encourage them to lean on other healthy relationships for emotional support.
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