Are you getting Joe Goldberg vibes from someone you’re dating?
As one of Netflix’s most prolific narcissists – Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley – returns in the third season of You, it’s time we talked about narcissistic abuse and the many red flags that Joe exhibits.
We often hear the term “narcissistic” thrown about in popular culture, usually just to refer to somebody who is a bit egocentric and self-absorbed. But narcissism can run much deeper than that, narc abuse can have a serious effect on our mental health.
According to Healthline, key characteristics of narcissistic personality disorder include “having an inflated opinion of themselves” and “an intense need for the admiration and attention of others”. Tick and tick for Joe’s creepy personality.
The way in which a narcissist might react when their partner doesn’t meet their needs can be abusive, emotional or physical. While Joe is a rather extreme example of this, it’s definitely worth swotting up on the real-life experiences and advice around identifying, and acting on it, if you’re dating a narcissistic.