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Well and Good – Heads Up, You Might Be Sexting a Narcissist—Here Are 4 Ways To Tell, According to Psychologists

Dr. Danielle Forshee shares how to know if you are sexting a narcissist, and ways to find out!

a lady sexting in bed

4 signs you may be sexting a narcissist:

1. The person you’re sexting is sharing sexts that they’ve sent or received with others.

This is a typical indicator of sexual narcissism linked to a grandiose view of the self, says Dr. Forshee: “Narcissists see themselves in an extra-positive light, so they’re more likely to say, ‘Hey, look at what I’ve done,’ or ‘Look how this person responded to me,’ in conversations with other friends.” This type of sharing serves to reinforce their ego by way of external validation. But, of course, it can be harmful to you, as the other participant in the sexting exchange—particularly if you would’ve preferred to keep your sexts private.

2. You feel pressured to sext with them on their terms.

Narcissists are on the lookout for a lot of admiration, says Dr. Forshee, and they search for sexual partners who will comply with that. They may sext openly from the jump and without inhibition, and they’ll want you, as the sexual counterpart, to reward that behavior whenever it occurs—even if it’s unsolicited.

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