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From the Book Psychopath Free by Jackson MacKenzie

Relationships are not easy, but they should never make you feel bad. The downfall of a toxic unhealthy relationship is that we would never have agreed to be in one had it not been so nice at first. And there will be many times when an unhealthy relationship is fun, enjoyable, and lively. That does not mean you should accept all the negativity that is pointed in your direction. The good times are what make it so hard to leave a narcissist… like the gambler who wants to put just one more coin in the slot machine, we keep sticking around for that shot of dopamine to make us feel good and whole again. However, most of us know, those good times do not last. Around the corner is the next harmful exchange, one that leaves you feeling unloved, unwanted, in pain and tears … again.

Below is a list of 30 signs to watch out for, compiled by Jackson MacKenzie in his book, Psychopath Free. If you don’t have it, please do yourself one giant favor and get this book. It will save your life. I published Jackson’s list before with a few minor updates. If you see some of these characteristics in your relationship, you are most likely partnered with a narcissist. Read all you can on this site or others and empower yourself. You deserve better. We both know it. The narcissist knows it too! They just will never give you want you want and deserve.

Psychopath Free (Expanded Edition): Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People

by Jackson MacKenzie

30 Red Flags of Manipulative People

Healthy people do not raise any of these red flags. Healthy people do not criticize you, put you down, or make fun of you (even in a joking way) to the point where you start to feel bad about yourself. In a healthy relationship, a partner will lift you. You don’t have to prove yourself to them, they already like you just the way you are. They will not call you controlling, sensitive, overly sensitive, ridiculous, needy, or insecure (even if you are!). A healthy person will want to always lift you!

If you find that many of these characteristics apply to the relationship you are in, please get help. There are many certified therapists out there who understand narcissism and can help you get strong.


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