12 Signs You’re Dealing With A Malignant Narcissist
7. Failure To Accept Responsibility
It’s not always easy to take responsibility for our actions – this is not only true of narcissists.
Yet they take things to a different level. Sometimes they will accept that they acted in a certain way, but they will warp the truth to make it seem like they were justified in doing so. They will externalize the responsibility to something or someone else.
Other times they might refuse to accept that their actions were wrong or unacceptable. They will flat out deny responsibility for the hurt caused to others or other undesirable outcomes they may have caused.
8. Need For Attention
All narcissists need a form of supply. That is, they need the frequent attention, adoration, and affection of others in order to make themselves feel good and restore their energy levels.
They feed off it.
A low-level or moderate narcissist may seek out mostly positive forms of attention to bolster their sense of self-worth. A malignant narcissist may get almost as much satisfaction from negative attention too.
They may enjoy playing the villain and, as we stated above, they aren’t afraid of confrontation and fighting in the moral, intellectual, or physical sense.
This trait is actually one where there is far less overlap with someone who suffers from Antisocial Personality Disorder or psychopathy.
They typically don’t care what other people think of them and will sometimes prefer to be a loner rather than the center of attention.
9. Delusions Of Grandeur
Narcissists have an inflated sense of their self-importance. They believe they are better than others in every way: more attractive, more intelligent, more successful, more important.
This grandiosity is the root cause of their sense of entitlement. Since they believe themselves to be superior to everyone else, they consider it necessary to be treated as such.
Again, this is not as common in those with APD.
Because they hold themselves in such high regard, if they encounter someone with a trait or lifestyle or possession that they covet, they are consumed with envy.
They hate to see others with something that they do not have. When they do, they will belittle them and put their ownership of that thing down to pure luck. Rarely do they admit that someone is deserving of such a thing.
As a narcissist, it’s all about me, myself, and I. They act for their own benefit and no one else’s.
They talk about themselves, many enjoy being in the spotlight, they put others down, and they are overly concerned with their appearance and what other people think of them.
Most narcissists have the ability to turn on the charm when they need to. In fact, when you first meet one, they can seem like friendly, amenable people.
This is how they are able to snare their victims. They wear a mask and are careful not to let it slip until their target has been adequately manipulated and broken down.
Even if you are not their primary target, they will try to use a charm offensive to make you act in a certain way or have a certain opinion of them
It’s all false and fake of course; they do not say or do nice things with any sincerity.
So, a malignant narcissist is considered to be someone who straddles both Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD).
While they will likely embody all of the traditional traits of narcissism, they will differ in some ways from the person with APD or a psychopath.
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