Do you feel stressed all the time and just want to run away? Chances are that you’re a victim of narcissistic behaviour. Narcissists are extremely toxic individuals who have a need to be admired and feel superior to others at all times. They use others without any shame, guilt, or regret. One can lead a happier and calmer life If one understands narcissistic behaviour and how to deal with them. That would help them to react and respond in the right way.
In the previous blog, we spoke about the signs of narcissistic personality and why they attract empaths. You can click here to read the blog if you have not done it yet.
Types of narcissists
Although there are many types of narcissists, it’s important to set specific boundaries for all of them. Let’s discuss the most common ones below.
Grandiose or Overt Narcissists
Grandiose or overt narcissists have high self-esteem, beam with confidence, feel entitled, and are self-obsessed. They are charming but lack empathy. A narcissist feels that he/she is better than everyone else and often looks down upon others.
In psychological terms, grandiosity refers to the sense of superiority. They thrive in life because they aim to be more charismatic, healthier, and more successful than others.
Living with toxic people/narcissists can increase your stress and anxiety levels and increase the chances of mental health issues, especially in childhood. And it’s important to identify toxic people/narcissists as they can use tactics like manipulation, gaslighting, victim card, guilt, anger, etc for their benefit.
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Vulnerable or Covert Narcissists
One more type of narcissistic behaviour can be vulnerability also called covert narcissists. They can be termed as someone opposite of grandiose narcissists.
They are highly insecure, have low self-esteem, and are introverts. They dream of making it big but want others to validate and appreciate them at every step. Because of their attitude, getting huge success becomes difficult for them.
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health disorder. People with the highest level of Narcissistic traits are labeled as someone with a narcissistic personality disorder or even pathological narcissism.
These people are manipulative and arrogant and have a high level of superiority and entitlement. They have no empathy or guilt for using others. They use others in relationships using methods like manipulation, gaslighting (making you doubt your own behavior and reality), victim card, silent treatment method, etc. They may portray to be confident and self-important but are highly insecure.
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Another type of narcissist is Narcissists Sociopath. Narcissists and sociopaths are a nasty combination who do things only for their gain.
Traits of Narcissistic Sociopaths
- They’re cold, manipulative, and calculative toward others. They have no empathy so even your emotions, crying, or difficult life don’t move them. They just don’t care.
- If they show any love, concern, or offer help, it is done with some hidden agenda or something that would benefit them.
- Others’ needs and wants are insignificant to them. The only thing they care about is themselves.
- They stay with you till you’re useful to them. Once they’re bored with you, they will shrug you aside and move on.
- They can’t bear to see your growth or you speaking your own mind/disagreeing with them. They want you to speak and do as they want. If not, they feel insecure and jealous and throw you out of their lives.
- According to narcissistic sociopaths, they can never do anything wrong. They justify even their wrong actions without any guilt or remorse as they feel they do things for others’ benefit.
- They can’t take “No” from others. Their big EGO shatters into pieces. Then, they start different techniques to control and manipulate you and get what they want.
How to deal with Narcissists
Here, we come to the last part. How to deal with a narcissist.
- There is a huge difference between responding and reacting. You should respond or answer back in the right way, and not react in narcissistic behaviour. They love drama so by reacting (arguing, crying, fighting back), you are giving them what they want.
- Narcissist relationships can be challenging for your mental health. First of all, try not to get into a relationship with them. Even, if you do, avoid getting manipulated and manage conflicts smartly.
- Stay away from them. Toxic people affect our positivity and mental health in a big way. The best solution is to move away from them and in the case of narcissistic family members, keep interaction to the minimum.
- Keep your boundaries. Narcissists often step over others’ personal space. They may taunt or say things just to agitate you. Keep calm and respond back when needed. They will stop the taunts when they see you not getting affected.
- Remember it’s not your fault. Narcissists love to blame others as they feel they are never wrong. Don’t take it personally.
In the end, develop self-love and self-worth. Not being able to deal with narcissists can cause many mental and physical problems like depression, anxiety issues, digestive issues, PTSD, cancer, heart attack, and a host of other things.
Thus, learn to become emotionally strong and learn to handle narcissists. When they see that you are unaffected by their narcissistic behavior, they would leave you alone.
We hope you got an idea of how to deal with narcissists. What lessons did you learn from this blog? Leave your comments. We love to read them!