They will do everything they can (often below the threshold of their conscious awareness) to avoid the threat of feeling they are a failure. Hence, telling a narcissist what you truly think of them will cause a narcissist to redouble their efforts to discredit you.
More times than not, narcissists do not know they are narcissists and will receive being told they are narcissists very poorly. What is this? Narcissists have no insight and self-awareness, so their ability to recognize that they are a problem will not happen.
So when they encounter a piece of information about narcissism they immediately might feel exposed, ashamed, betrayed, or attacked. Moreover, they often take things very personally and think that everything is about them. So they might feel that the author is talking about them personally or calling them out.
If we say “no” to a narcissist, they will feel disappointed by us not being available to them at all times. They might not express their disappointment at first or in a direct way, but will, instead, wait for a perfect moment to punish us.
A real narcissist is not capable of insight or taking personal responsibility. They don't think anything is wrong with them and usually point the finger at someone else. Telling them they have a problem is unlikely to encourage them to get help as they are incapable of admitting there is something wrong.
When criticized, narcissists show themselves woefully incapable of retaining any emotional poise, or receptivity. And it really doesn't much matter whether the nature of that criticism is constructive or destructive. They just don't seem to be able to take criticism, period.
Narcissists also gaslight or practice master manipulation, weakening and destabilizing their victims; finally, they utilize positive and negative emotions or moments to trick others. When a narcissist can't control you, they'll likely feel threatened, react with anger, and they might even start threatening you.
2. They exude manipulative behaviors. When a narcissist is exposed or when the narcissist knows you have figured him out, they will never admit the truth even if it is staring them in the face. A narcissist will lay several false accusations and try to make him right.
They will reveal your secrets to garner attention or sympathy from other people. They will try to manipulate the story to make you look like you're in the wrong. Beware of aggressive Narcissists and the possibility of Narcissistic Rage that might be unleashed on you. Narcissists may also play the victim.
Their manipulative nature originates from a state of fear and is designed to protect these fragile egos. If you're wondering what happens when you hurt a narcissist's ego, it's called narcissistic injury, and manifests in narcissistic rage and/or passive aggressive behavior.
If you want to cut to a narcissist's emotional core, make them look bad in public. Try challenging their opinions, ignoring their commands, or laughing at their misfortunes and they'll fly into a narcissistic rage.
"Narcissists, psychopaths, and sociopaths do not have a sense of empathy," she told Business Insider. "They do not and will not develop a sense of empathy, so they can never really love anyone." This doesn't change when they have children.
They are very insecure and sensitive people, which means they can take offence very easily. This can end up in couples having the same arguments over and over again. Sometimes they are unaware of being abusive to their partners, but other times they will genuinely want to cause them harm.
It would be unwise to assume that narcissists don't know their own behavior. In short, most do, especially as they get older. They likely know when they're being deceitful, manipulative, abusive, and love-bombing people. And they're aware of pitting people against each other and stoking gossip.
Realize that people with NPD can't feel regret. Come to terms with the fact that you can't make them feel a certain way. Push yourself to move on because the narcissist won't miss you—they'll miss whatever they were getting from you. Unfortunately, people with NPD can't give genuine love.
One of the first things that happen to an Empath when they leave a relationship with a Narcissist is that they will deeply fear that they are a narcissist themselves. Taking a step toward yourself by acknowledging what you need and letting go of the idea that it's all your fault will feel selfish and wrong.
If you ignore a narcissist and deny them their source, they may become enraged and try even harder for your attention – especially in ways that can be toxic or abusive. Ignoring a narcissist will enrage them because of their fragile egos. They'll feel humiliated and lash out against you to protect themselves.
In fact, narcissists are often attracted to strong, confident, and self-assured women. While this may seem counterintuitive, it is important to realize that the narcissistic traits of grandiosity and confidence are really a mask for deep insecurity.
One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a “gray rock,” meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. Using the Gray Rock method, your objective is to make someone lose interest in you. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention.
Not all narcissists resort to physical abuse, some never escalate beyond intimidation. Not all physical abusers are narcissists, some have other mental illnesses. But a narcissistic physical abuser is not someone to take lightly. No matter what they say, you cannot make them better.
If you live with a narcissist, you can cope by being honest, helping them implement healthier behaviors, and establishing clear boundaries. In any case, you shouldn't take it personally when you feel offended or disrespected by a narcissist—you aren't the problem here.