Trust is fragile. Secrets and lies jeopardize trust and can damage us and our relationships – sometimes irreparably.
But in an intimate relationship, emotional honesty includes allowing our partner to know the core being of who you are. Honesty is more than simply not lying.
This lack of conscience, without a showing of genuine cognitive or affective empathy towards another’s suffering is a tell-all sign of a disordered personality.
Self-image is a protective layer, a “game face,” developed since early childhood. Overt narcissists maintain their self-image by projecting their buried feelings of shame and inadequacy. In other words, they blame others.