My son is having trouble with one of his business partners. He was telling me about his personality, how he acts, how he’s pissed off customers with his nonsense, etc… I thought to myself that the guy sounds just like my father-in-law. And then my son says "he acts just like grandpa! Just like him! Even the tantrums when he doesn’t get his own way! They should start a business together!’
My fathead in law is a textbook narcissist. And he exhibits every symptom to the nth degree. And I do mean textbook. When I first met him back in 1979 I thought I was being set up for a bad joke. Nobody could really be like that, right? Unfortunately, wrong!
I advised my son that the only way to deal with such a person is to not deal with them and cut them out of your life completely. Which is what my wife and I have done with her dad, and it’s what my kid plans to do with this guy: he and his other partner are going to try to buy out the guys share in the business.
But getting back to his comment about my fadda in law and this guy starting a business together. What happens when 2 narcissists have to deal with each other every day, such as in a business partnership? Do they see eye to eye? Do they have contests to see who can be the biggest spoiled 6 year old? or do they each view the other as the biggest asshole they ever met not realizing they’re looking in the mirror?