I notice that I have some narcissistic traits.
What do I do?
~ A pretend narcissist
Dear pretend narcissist,
I'm glad you're taking the first step towards self-awareness and growth by recognizing that you have a few narcissistic traits. (Often times I think we all do, but let's get back to your question)
This can be a difficult realization, but it's an important one for your personal and relational well-being.
It can be challenging to work on changing narcissistic traits, but with time, effort, and the right support, it is possible.
One of the first steps is to increase your understanding of what narcissistic traits are, what causes them, and how they affect others.
This can help you develop empathy and an understanding of the impact your behavior has on those around you.
It's also important to practice self-reflection, self-awareness, and self-compassion.
This means taking the time to understand your thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and learning to respond to them in a kind and compassionate way.
Choose a specific day each week to be a self-reflecting day and ask yourself critical thinking questions about who you are becoming.
Lastly, you can always consider therapy, where you can work with a trained professional who can support you in exploring your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. (I'm a little biased, but we really do go through a lot of schooling to help with these things.)
Therapists can help you identify and understand your narcissistic traits, work on changing negative thought patterns, and develop more healthy and functional ways of relating to others.
Remember, change takes time and effort, but with dedication and support, you can work towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Be patient with yourself and know that it's never too late to make positive changes in your life.