04. You’re ignoring red flags.
One big red flag that signals narcissistic behavior is never taking responsibility for any negative events in one’s life. Narcissists are known to play the victim when things don’t go their way, explains Patti Wood, and they will often blame their exes, bosses, and friends for anything negative that’s happened in the past. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring this crucial red flag. If you are quick to explain away your date calling his ex “evil” or saying his boss was “out to get him,” you are sending signals that you are okay with him blaming others for his mistakes. Yes—we all make mistakes but when someone refuses to take responsibility for his role in the event ever, you’re risking your own happiness and well-being down the line because soon he’ll start blaming you when things don’t go well.