Narcissists are often thought of as people who are in love with him or herself, but this is not necessarily the case. Narcissists are in love with a made up image of themselves that they attempt to project out into the world in lieu of their true self. Most of the time, their true self is wounded and as such, they have an extraordinary feeling of inadequacy.
This is a terribly sad thing, however, it can also be dangerous and toxic. Narcissists are some of the most complicated individuals to associate with and particularly to have a relationship with. It can be troublesome because oftentimes narcissists are not easily identifiable. Many people find that they are deeply immersed in a relationship with a narcissist before they actually figure it out that their partner is a narcissist.