Narcissistic Mirroring because early childhood circumstances prevent narcissists from establishing a stable sense of identity and self-worth, narcissists look to external sources for definition and esteem. When they find a prospective or new partner, they study that person and attempt to reflect their personality, style, interests, and values. People with NPD engage in narcissistic mirroring for three primary reasons:
- They lack a stable identity and are trying on yours.
- They are working to win you over, reflecting what they think you want to see.
- They are faking intimacy because they lack the skills and desire for genuine connection.