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How Your Body Can Tell There's a Narcissist in the Room

Photo credit: Mixmike - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mixmike - Getty Images

Ever wanted to spot a narcissist on sight? Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., better known as Dr. Ramani on YouTube, shows you how, using your own body as the starting point.

"Pay attention to how you feel in your body," she says."When you are in the presence of a narcissistic or invalidating, or toxic person, you will almost always feel a sense of discomfort in your body."

Dr. Ramani goes into detail on how your body can tell that there's a narcissist in the room, which is usually a literal "gut feeling."

"For some people, it's a pit in their gut. For other people, it might be this headache that comes on real fast," she says. "For others, it might feel like a tightness in their chest or even the symptoms of an impending panic attack or dizziness. Some people will simply say they feel the hairs standing up on the back of their neck. Some people even get goosebumps and chills like that."

She warns that no matter what you're feeling in the same room as a narcissist, it won't feel right in your body.

Dr. Ramani says she personally feels narcissism in the center of her chest then down towards her diaphragm. "I feel a tightness and a little bit of feeling sick to my stomach and I really, really lose my appetite...I know at that point that I want to get out of that situation, but my body is really telling me the story."

A narcissist in the room simply triggers your "bad vibe" meter in your body. She encourages you to think back to when your body told you simply get away and if you later discovered that person was a narcissist.

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