When you find yourself talking to a Toronto divorce lawyer about what ended your marriage, what will you say? That your spouse was self-absorbed, vain and selfish? Many people would call that an accurate description of their exes—but when is it considered a real personality disorder, and when is it just a case of your ex being a rotten person?
Spotting a Narcissist
Narcissism is a personality disorder that affects a surprisingly large slice of the population (as many as one in 16 people is likely to experience actual narcissistic personality disorder, and many more have at least some narcissistic traits).
Good examples of people who are likely narcissistic are those on reality TV. Some of the personality traits a narcissist exhibits include:
No one can really pinpoint what causes narcissism, but researchers are actively studying how genetics and culture both play roles in its development.
Dealing with the Carnage a Narcissist Leaves Behind
Often, people who are married to narcissists end up in a Toronto divorce lawyer’s office discussing their options. If you’re one of them, you’re probably looking forward to moving on and starting your new life without all the drama—but if you have kids, you’ll need to learn how to cope with the fallout until your kids have reached the age of majority.
Keeping Your Toronto Divorce Lawyer in the Loop
If your ex’s narcissism continues to cause you problems after you’ve separated, tell your Toronto divorce lawyer. Your lawyer may be able to help you explore legal options that will ensure you can move forward in your new life peacefully and without having to focus on your narcissistic ex.
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