I suspect you know that truth about that though, and a narcissist would not be able to deal with it. Most of the time though I am oblivious of others to be too critical of them. So how the hell do you fix that? I understand the mirroring aspect since I can never mirror back any proper way to communicate that allows me any form of emotion connection with anyone.
1. They temporarily make you the most important person in the world
You have no issues talking to people so you are outgoing but you feel others respond negatively…? So tone it down. Or are your comments devisive and off putting? Can you relate? The symptoms described in the piece are, in general, far more consistent with co-dependency traits than narcissistic ones. Nevertheless, good luck to anyone who is sincere and genuinely, honestly dedicated to healing, repairing, and integrating the fragmented pieces inside, and for the better.
It is possible for a covert narcissist and an overt one to get into a roller coaster relationship trying to fill their needs like the one described in the article. However, if you are manipulated to feel guilt and concern by a narcissist, you are more likely a co-dependent person who needs a stable parent figure and a narcissist has found you. Narcissistic relationships can be confusing. Often both people will want to get praise, security and ego gratification from each other and co-dependency will result between two narcissists.
I tend to become easily used by narcissists. I also find that American culture worships the narcissistic personality type. I have friends like this.
I was taught to seek out the company of overachievers, rather than seeking out people with whom I could genuinely share love. The culture I grew up in devalued love. It valued money, genius, material success and accomplishment instead. You can test a person this way: do they always want you to play a lesser role? Do they subtly want you to serve their ego, not your own? A narcissist can approach making this happen in many different ways. But eventually, you will end up off balance with this person. They use subtle means to rope you in. They will praise you. They will be charming and intelligent, but focus all the energy on you.
Initially your friendship will be exciting and wonderful. But this goes out the window once they get the hook in you. One day you realize you are no longer an equal in the relationship. You started to depend on their attention which people have every right to do in friendships. But a narcissist will withhold it. It is Pavlovian training: they dole it out when it serves their purposes.
You are the child who is fed only when you are pleasing to mommy and daddy. Usually this is an important part, the part that has your own needs! You cannot have a down-to-earth, straightforward relationship with this person. They turn the world around so you are always on the lower rung. You loved them, opened up to them, thus giving them all this material to work with. They will turn it around at you.
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They will make you apologize for your own needs, for being who you are — and you start to feel disgusted with yourself. But you also feel obligated for their feelings. Yet narcissists are very tricky because they sometimes truly have positive qualities that people love. They are not always pure evil. They offer some things you want in your life, but with the dangerous price tag.
They are likable but self-interested politicians, not above using human beings to gain their power and control. They will share your secrets with others to serve their own needs. When they sense you are catching on, they start praising you again — and use love and concern to reel you back. But there is no real objective.
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It is a game intended to keep the status quo going. Some of the most dangerous narcissists I have met are therapists. It is easy for someone to use this role to feed off clients who they can keep in a more vulnerable role. Therapy can be used like a Venus flytrap. You experience your own inner strength and power getting sucked away from you in that kind of session.
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I have a therapist who is not like this, but I also have encountered three covert narcissist therapists. That is something to be aware of.
Just trying to sort out the manipulations, half truths and full on lies will twist a reasonable person into an emotional knot. The writer sounds more like a codependent…not a covert narcissist. Writing like this show self insight, covert does not have that. So I was excited to finally find a covert narcissists own perspective and sharing their struggles with us, but alas, I too believe this person is a classic co-dependant. My suffering partner of two years will attest.
But where can I find such help? I have so far failed to find one site offering advice for those wanting to change. Covert Narcississts are the lost souls that people have long given up on. We are the devil incarnate and to be avoided at all costs and our victims sometimes justifiably would have us all rounded up and dumped on some far away island never to emotionally or physically harm another fabulous, empathetic, generous and genuine woman or man on this planet.
They all feel misunderstood, but maybe in a way, they truly are. What if we could do just that? So I will continue to seek help and the first step will be through therapy. Perhaps one day I might even buck the trend and write a book to help others. God knows just one of us needs to follow through with something once in our life. He believes that it is possible for narcissists to change if they truly want to.
Brett, I personally disagree entirely on those with Naricissistic PDisorder not being able to heal. It does require a great deal of self reflection and learning how to identify, acknowledge then substitute your innermost limited beliefs about yourself, e.
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Brett I really appreciate what you say here. Thank for the courage. I have been married to a covert narcissist for nearly 23 years and always knew there was something deeply wrong but I never knew he was a narcissist. I have just discovered everything through a long lost friend who heard my story and and said my husband fits the profile.