We have all come across a narcissist at some point in our lives, but not all narcissists are the same. Here are seven different types of narcissism. Which ones have you encountered?
1. The Winner
This narcissist must “win” at everything; even the smallest action becomes a competition. Whether it’s sports, career achievements, academics, or who can eat the most chicken wings, this narcissist needs to be better than everyone else. This type of narcissist revels in having the hottest wife or girlfriend, the smartest kid, drive the coolest car or live in the trendiest house. They are never happy for a friend’s good fortune. In the narcissist’s eyes, another person’s success is their failure, and their self-esteem takes a huge hit. They may become antagonistic, or try to overcompensate by downplaying or belittling the achievements of others.
2. The Victim
This narcissist is the most conniving. They are master manipulators who use affection and emotion to keep you close to them. Their sob story has been perfected over the years, and this narcissist will easily convince you that the world is out to get them, that they are a victim. This narcissist takes no responsibility for any misfortune in their lives; it’s always someone else’s fault. They have no remorse when using blame and guilt to get what they want from others. A victim narcissist will become vengeful if things don’t go their way.
3. The Know-It-All
This narcissist is the most annoying. They believe they are more intelligent than anyone around them. They treat their opinions as fact and become deeply offended if you dare to disagree with them. This narcissist often preaches, but rarely listen. They will offer unsolicited advice to family, friends, colleagues, even strangers. The know-it-all narcissist feels that they have nothing to learn from others and will demean and belittle anyone not “smart enough” to comprehend their brilliance.
4. The Puppet Master
Should I shave my facial hair?
If you find yourself asking this question, then don’t worry as you’re probably not alone. Female face shaving has increasingly drawn attention around the globe as women look for efficient ways to deal with excess facial hair. After all, a good number already shave their legs or pubes on a regular basis, plus a handful of celebrities such as Caroline Manzo, Marilyn Monroe and Kate Somerville have been known to shave their faces. But before you make any decision, it’s important to understand the procedure itself as well as its pros and cons. Read on.
The step by step process for female face shaving
Dampen a clean towel with some warm water and then press it on your face for two minutes or so. This is important for opening the pores as well as softening your hair to ensure a cleaner and less irritating shave. It can also help lower the risk of ingrown hairs. Alternatively, you can shave while in the shower (the hot water will help open those pores)
You should use quality shaving cream rather than soap. Most of the shaving creams available on the market come with anti-inflammatory, skin-protecting and soothing ingredients that not only allow for a clean shave but also minimize irritation and razor burn. If needed, you can look for a product with a feminine scent so the experience doesn’t look so inherently masculine. Simply dispense a small amount, (a quarter size may be enough) of your cream into your hands and gently rub together to obtain lather. Apply all over your face.
Be sure to use a sharp razor and first shave downwards. This will allow you to remove most of the hair as you will be shaving in the direction of hair growth. Moreover, it will help lessen skin irritation and lower the risk of ingrown hairs (which is one thing you need to be very careful about when it comes to face shaving). You can then try to shave upwards a few times to get a close shave.
I remember staring out the window at the rain bouncing off the barbecue grill. Looking, but not really seeing. How had things gone so wrong?How had all my plans for the future with Alex gone up in smoke in the blink of an eye?
Alex had called one night and said we needed to talk. That should have been my first clue that something was not right. Alex had never said those words to me before. Whenever he had something to talk about, he just – did. No grand pronouncement, no asking for permission, we would just talk about whatever needed to be discussed.
I had opened the door when Alex arrived and knew immediately that it was not going to be a pleasant conversation. But what he had said was totally unexpected. Of course, as the old adage goes, “hindsight is 20/20” which in this case is true because the signs were there.
“Mand, it’s not working for me,” Alex had said. “I’m feeling claustrophobic. Things are moving too fast.”
“Too fast?” I had said. “We’ve been together for over nine months.”
“Maybe we should take a break, you know?” Alex had suggested “See if we still feel like we want to take this to the next level.”
I had looked at him like he was crazy, like I couldn’t be hearing what I was hearing. Thinking this can’t really be happening. But it was, it did.
That night was six months ago but sometimes is seems like yesterday. Oh, the hurt and shock no longer persists but the anger of being used still lingers. I suppose that to will pass in time. The irony is Alex actually did me a favor. Looking back on the relationship, I was able to see that I had started to change. I had always been a strong woman. At least that’s what I told myself but I had started to accept things from Alex that I ordinarily wouldn’t accept from a man.
Sally stared up at the ceiling, arms flung wide across her bed as she contemplated her folly. She had met a nice man named Joe and they had hit it off but in her excitement to impress, she had promised to cook dinner for the pair. There was only one problem. Sally couldn’t cook. Not even a little. And the reality only set in after promises where made and assurances where given.
What now? She thought. What now?
It came to her on her morning commute. An ad played on her favorite podcast that she would normally skip over but this time it held her attention.
“Try Blue Apron,” the host explained in a chipper voice. “You receive fresh ingredients that are perfectly portioned to the recipe’s needs.”
Sally scratched her chin as she contemplated the service.
“Anyone can cook with Blue Apron!”
Anyone? Sally wondered. She planned to put that declaration to the test.
Sally received the box in time for the big night. She took a deep breath and went to work. Shrimp and fresh gnocchi was on the menu and she was determined to not screw it up. The cooking instructions came with pictures and she followed each step diligently, scrutinizing her work against the pictures.
After 30 minutes, she plated the dish. Before her was a mound of shrimp and gnocchi with bright yellow cherry tomatoes garnished with basil. Her mouth watered at the aroma and the meal matched the pictures. She nodded her head approvingly and went to clean up.
Sally watched him, probably a bit more intently than she should have, as he took the first bite. When he finished chewing, Sally realized she was holding her breath.
“Wow,” Joe commented. Sally’s eyes widened. “This is really good.”
“Really?” Sally replied hopefully.
Joe smiled. “Yeah, this must have taken a lot of work.”
Sally straightened her posture. “It was no problem at all, I’m glad you like it.”
“I’m going to have to return the favor,” Joe winked. “I’ll cook something for you.”
Sally blushed and she smiled brightly. Her mission was a success.
Joe stared at the ceiling with existential terror. Why had he promised he would cook something? Sally’s food was so good, there was no way he could top it but that didn’t stop him from running his mouth. Now, he had to deliver.
He opened his phone and looked through his contacts. He picked his best friend and called. He explained the situation, his friend mostly listening.
“So man, any ideas?” Joe said, finishing his tale of woe. Joe listened to his friend’s reply and received a promising suggestion… Blue Apron!
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Anyone who has ever been in a long-term relationship has probably considered doing some snooping. Whether it’s to peek at your partner’s emails over his shoulder, or taking casual glances at their text messages. You most likely have held back any true sleuthing, unless you had reason to suspect improprieties on his part. But most likely you have thought about it. Besides you tell yourself, what harm can it do?
According to a recent survey, there are many who not only think about it, but do it on a regular basis.
Avast, the popular anti-virus software company, conducted a survey where they asked 9,202 men and women in committed, long-term relationships whether or not they have secretly checked their partner’s smartphone. Nearly one in five men and one in four women confirmed that they had.
Of course, as with most things the motives for invading your partner’s privacy, varied by gender, but not by as much as you would think.
26% of men claimed that the number one reason that they snooped was because they suspected their partner of cheating on them. 24% claimed that they did it because they were simply nosy and curious. 12% of men claimed that they wanted to catch their partner in some sort of lie.
On the other hand, women were motivated more by their curiosity. 30% said that they snooped because they were nosey. Only 21% of them suspected their partner of cheating on them, and 14% wanted to catch their men in a lie.
It’s normal for relationships to cool down after a while. You no longer get that giddy feeling you once did when he turned the corner. You still enjoy your time with him, but there’s something missing. If you’ve been dating someone for a while, it’s normal for things to become comfortable and sometimes routine. You don’t want to become complacent, though, because that can ruin your relationship. This article outlines five reason why your relationship is no longer exciting.
1. You stopped having your own life
It’s extremely important to continue having a life of your own no matter what stage of your relationship you’re in. You can’t cling to your boyfriend constantly. You can share activities and friends, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your own as well. Being able to do your own thing without your boyfriend will help you hold on to a bit of your independence. If you start sitting at home waiting around for your boyfriend all the time, you may feel left out when he continues to have his own life. Being a couple doesn’t mean you have to stop having your own life.
2. You don’t make time for sex