6 Ways To Cope With Narcissists on Christmas

By Támara Hill, MS, LPC

What comes to mind when you hear the word narcissist? Do you think of someone completely self-absorbed, arrogant, or haughty? If so, you are partially right.

What most people fail to recognize about narcissistic family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. is that they often find little to no pleasure in the most wonderful time of the year, that is, Christmas.

Why? Because Christmas is all about empathy (i.e., helping those less fortunate, reaching out in love and compassion, spreading cheer, etc). Emotional intimacy, empathy, compassion, and love are things the narcissist has trouble comprehending and expressing to others.

This article will offer six ways you can identify and cope with a narcissistic personality during this holiday time.

Today’s society is full of narcissism. All you have to do is search online and you can find  millions of search results geared toward the self-absorbed person.

Millions of selfies, tips on how to get rich or become more attractive, articles offering tips on new gadgets to purchase, etc. are all over the internet. It is quite saddening. Research suggests that narcissism affects about 6.2% of the U.S. population, according to the Personality Disorder Awareness Network.

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