What Does It Mean When a Narcissist Is Obsessed With You?

Narcissist Is Obsessed With You

When Romantic Interest Becomes Narcissistic Obsession: The Disturbing Signs

We’ve all had that intoxicating rush of a new romance – when your partner showers you with nonstop adoration. But beware: their obsessiveness may reveal darker narcissistic motives versus true partnership.

Narcissistic personality disorder manifests as extreme self-absorption alongside little empathy. Sufferers crave endless “narcissistic supply”: validation, prestige, and feeling special. New partners often provide abundant supply via admiration.

Initially, your charm hooks them in a process called “love bombing”. They shower you with flattery, expensive presents, and immediate talk of soulmates. It’s every romantic cliché on fast-forward.

However, this “idealization” phase eventually crumbles. Beneath their obsession lies manipulation, envy, and insecurity driving their insatiable egos.

The key warning sign arises when their praise morphs into suffocating control. As psychologist Perpetua Neo notes, with narcissists “there will be never enough…supply. Even if you gave them ten times more of what you give them now, they still wouldn’t be sated.”

This article unpacks the harsh realities behind narcissistic obsession in relationships – how an initially dreamy connection can expose abusive tendencies. Healing starts with recognition.

Let’s walk through the hallmark relationship patterns driving unhealthy narcissistic fixations and equip you to protect yourself going forward.

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Signs A Narcissist Is Obsessed With You!

1.) Why Their “Obsession” Is Really About Control

Narcissists crave glorification from partners like oxygen. Their obsessiveness serves deeper emotional needs versus genuine care for you. Specifically, their adulation fixation revolves around filling internal voids through:

Ego Inflation Empty praise feels worthless. Narcissists require credibility in their false self-image from real-world sources like relationships.

Per therapist and narcissistic abuse author Lilly Aramburo, “Narcissists have an inflated sense of self, with a fragile ego and insecure core.

They need constant validation.” Your positive feedback gets weaponized as a personal self-esteem pump.

But it goes beyond the superficial. They exhibit pathological envy towards qualities you possess that they secretly lack – compassion, restraint, integrity. Clinginess masks deeply feel inferior.

As psychotherapist Perpetua Neo explains, “If there is something you have that they want…they try to get it from you. They admire and envy it to the point of obsession.” This drives manipulation ranging from copying your interests to sabotage.

You Feel Special, At First Few sensations eclipse new love intoxication. Normal partners channel that joint excitement into thoughtful gestures. But narcissists leverage that puppy love rush for control through “love bombing” – an unsustainable idealization facade.

Susan Anderson, author of “The Journey from Abandonment to Healing”, writes “The narcissist focuses intensely…as if you were the greatest person in the world…It is very difficult to ignore such powerful affirmation.”

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This “soulmate effect” strategically fosters emotional dependency. Psychologist Suzanne Degges-White describes a narcissist’s thinking as: “If I make you believe you can’t live without me, you’ll never leave me.”

Their fixation deceives through its transactional nature versus genuine interest. Be wary when excessive flattery transitions into ownership attitudes, demands for loyalty, and resentment when you create reasonable space.

Narcissist Is Obsessed With me
Narcissist Is Obsessed with Me

2.) When “Infatuation” Becomes Imprisonment

The narcissist’s initial obsessive idealization rarely lasts. Cracks emerge in their praise, entitlement creeps into demands, and envy poisons perceptions.

Their “love” entraps through an unhealthy attachment style. You become a commodity – not a true companion. As their insecurities plague them, they alternate between putting you on a pedestal and knocking you off through callous devaluation.

At first, the fixation feels flattering. Clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow notes “The center of attention behavior from the narcissist is appealing. That intense focus on you hooks you in.” But what manifests as devotion materializes into jailer-like domination.

The devoted partner act simply disguises their core relationship goal: total possession to quench endless narcissistic thirst.

Their Tactics Grow Irrational The narcissist’s grasp tightens through an arsenal of manipulation tactics. These feed their pride, envy, and thirst for superiority. Some common strategies include:

Triangulation – Introducing you to seemingly perfect exes or suitors to prompt jealousy reactions. This tests your loyalty while affirming their egos.

Guilt Trips – They pout or rage if you don’t immediately respond to texts/calls. This training pressures you to stay ever-available.

Gaslighting – Blatantly lying and then accusing you of emotional instability or memory issues when confronted. It’s coined from a 1944 film where a husband psychologically manipulates his wife.

Smear Campaigns Following a breakup or act of independence, they spread vicious gossip within shared social circles to sabotage your other relationships. It also devalues your credibility as revenge.

This emotional rollercoaster intends to leave you anxious and dependent. It distracts from their lack of substance through domineering drama.

Why Do Narcissists Get Obsessed
Why Do Narcissists Get Obsessed

3.) How “Admiration” Masks Domination

Beneath the narcissistic partner’s obsession lies a relentless craving for superiority, influence, and clout. Their emotional addiction blinds them to the pain their behaviors inflict.

This drive for domination reveals profoundly disordered thinking:

They Perceive Relationships As Transactions Healthy bonds involve reciprocated care, respect, and trust. Narcissists view relationships through a warped lens of cost-benefit exchanges.

You represent a source of “narcissistic supply” to stroke their egos, status, and authority over others’ emotions. In return, they fraudulently bait you with either idealized praise, financial/material gifts, or the promise of “fixing” their turmoil.

But they lack core empathy and integrity to nurture real intimacy. Their obsession stays rooted in self-worship.

They Fear Abandonment Because It Threatens This Charade The narcissist’s false self-image is fragile and thin-skinned. They require sycophants to maintain their superiority delusions or else risk facing the psychological emptiness within.

Karyn Hall, Ph.D. notes “Narcissists need others much more than they let on…Without anyone to control or worship them, they start to lose structure.”

Your independence threatens their entire psychological house of cards. They lash out via smears, threats, hoovering, and other means to cling to their supply lifeline at any cost.

True Healing Starts With Awareness Recognition stands as the first vital step for both trauma survivors and perpetrators toward real change. Narcissists require intensive counseling targeting their shame, childhood wounds, and empathy deficits.

As a survivor, beware of false hope they can radically transform without proper treatment. Prioritize understanding, establish boundaries, and seek community support. Rediscover your inner light along the journey.

Free Yourself From Narcissism
Free Yourself From Narcissism

4.) Freeing Yourself From Narcissistic Obsession

Recognition proves pivotal, but true liberation requires emotional detaching from their hooks. Restore power through these steps:

Cut Off Their Supply

The narcissist objectifies you as an ego inflation tool. Withdraw this through structure contact limits without explanation. State simply for each hoovering attempt: “I’m not available to chat now. Take care.”

As therapist Angela Grace counsels: “Avoid trying to get them to understand your point of view, because they likely won’t. Only give as much information as needed.” This neutral, consistent approach starves their obsession.

Reframe The Narrative

Journal your experience. The analytical process builds self-awareness to prevent repeating past relationship templates.

As psychology professor Beverley Fehr notes “transforming the victim story into a survivor story allows us to rewrite…and take charge.” Seek nuance – avoid black-or-white depictions since abuse exists on a spectrum.

Beware false hopes they will radically change without intensive treatment. You cannot fix them. Release responsibility for their healing journey through compassion.

Enlist Your Support System

Isolation worsens trauma’s impact by preventing reality checks. share your story with trusted confidants to release shame and process objectively. Maintain perspective – many have walked this road before.

Author Natalie Pigrum encourages survivors to “find people in your life who build you up…Focus your energies on those who encourage and empower you.” Your community will help ground you until inner peace returns.

The Greatest Revenge? A Life Well-Lived

Initially – focus simply on tangible self-care like nourishing meals, restful sleep, and light exercise for emotional regulation. Eventually – rediscover passion pursuits that reconnect you to joy and meaning.

Most narcissistic relationships follow a “peak-crash” emotional arc the severance; this too shall pass. Be gentle with yourself – active healing unfolds layer by layer like an onion over time. Keep taking the next bold steps.

Final Takeaway

When a narcissist fixates obsessively on securing your admiration, they unravel their true relationship motivations: power, superiority fantasies, and insatiable egos. Their “love” conceals desperate control bids rooted in pathological envy, abandonment fears, and exhibitionistic pride.

Yet trauma bonds can brainwash survivors to perceive themselves as the “crazy” ones. Recognize extreme flattery, possessive demands, manipulative push/pull, and mixed messages as central to narcissistic relationships based on objectification versus meaningful emotional bonds.

Healing starts by breaking free from narcissistic supply roles. With consistent boundaries, expert support, and renewed purpose, survivors can overcome fears, embrace their full self-worth beyond limiting narratives, and ultimately thrive in mutually nurturing relationships aligned with their values.

The road proves long but full of hope. By using past struggles as growth tools, we access deep wells of resiliency and our journeys can inspire fellow survivors. Each step forward sets us further free.

Isabella Hartley

Contributor @ createhighervibrations.com

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Meet Isabella Hartley, a dedicated Relationship Coach and Yoga Instructor with a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and 8 years of experience in trauma healing. Isabella’s unique approach to wellness combines deep psychological insights with practical relationship guidance and transformative yoga practices. She’s passionate about empowering others to find self-love and understanding, paving the way for holistic healing and richer, more meaningful connections. Isabella’s philosophy centers on nurturing the inner light within each individual, helping them discover and cherish their path to emotional wellness.