Toxic Relationships.

Narcissism Or Another Cluster B Disorder?

Not all personality disordered people are toxic or vice versa.

Write Mind Matters
4 min readMar 5, 2022
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The information is out there now, you’d be hard-pressed not to have heard of narcissism today. Thank goodness too, it's about time we learned why it's so important to set boundaries and protect ourselves and our families.

“Now I can spot a narcissist before they become too ingrained in my life. And before they cause me too much damage. In my opinion, this knowledge is worth more than all the money in the world.” — Jon Rhodes.

Narcissism, whether it's clinical (diagnosed) or subclinical (just below the threshold for diagnosis), is problematic, personally and in a wider social context. Narcissists frequently cost individuals and families along with the mental health, court, criminal, and social service systems.

Three ways that help identify whether or not toxic behaviours are a person’s unlearned lessons or lifetime habits is watching their intention, patterns, and their ability to take responsibility.

However, some people are simply still learning how to manage relationships, the difference is in the patterns. People with personality disorders rarely manage their traits and behaviours.

Checking yourself along those grounds can help too. What are your intentions, patterns, and responsibilities? How have you responded to requests or issues?

Are there several toxic behaviours? Are they frequently undermining you or unwilling to discuss issues?

Many questions must come into play when a relationship becomes toxic. It’s very important to know when toxic has become abusive and you feel you need to leave.

In terms of relationships, cluster B disorders are renowned for difficult interpersonal…



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BA(psych), GradDipPsych(student), DipHlthSc(NatNut)|Parenting, personality disorders & trauma.