It's usually not terribly difficult to spot a narcissist, or at least someone that displays narcissistic tendencies. After all, it's a genuine psychological disorder, which the American Psychiatric Association
defines as "comprising pervasive pattern of grandiosity, a constant need for admiration, and a lack of empathy." Purportedly, narcissistic personality disorder, or NPD, affects about 1 percent of the population, according to a 2016 cover story in Psychology Today
To ID a narcissist in the wild, look for the person who hijacks nearly every conversation you have with them. Or the friend that never seems to make any effort to understand your problems
. Both are exhibiting traits used to classify someone with NPD.
But when it comes to turning the lens on yourself, well, that can be a bit more difficult. After all, it's human nature to turn a blind eye to personal bad behavior—and that's especially true for narcissists. To that end, we've rounded up, straight from mental health experts, all the dead giveaways and tell-tale signs true narcissists exhibit on a regular basis.