Narcissists and Divorce
Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by an inflated sense of one’s own importance, excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’ feelings or a lack of empathy, and a sense of entitlement. Needless to say, individuals with these qualities can be very challenging to deal with during a marriage and also during a divorce. As the Mayo Clinic describes, “behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” Just as a narcissist may ignore or dismiss criticisms in a relationship and resist attempts at self-improvement, he may see a divorce filing as the ultimate criticism. In some cases, the narcissist will respond defensively and aggressively; in others, he’ll be so unable to handle the “criticism” that he may try to avoid or evade legal proceedings altogether.
At Bradford & Gordon, we utilize our years of experience dealing with these kinds of personalities to help you navigate the challenges associated with divorcing someone with narcissistic personality disorder or someone exhibiting the characteristic behavior.