10 Common Myths About Narcissists
10 Myths About Narcissists
Myth 1. A narcissist is someone who is in love with their self.
Technically, a narcissist is not genuinely in love with their self. Rather, they are actually in love with the false self; the innocent, angelic, good-as-gold persona which they project in order to fool those around them (except their victims... sometimes).
In fact, the narcissist does not actually literally love either their real self or their false self but they are compulsively obsessed with the false self-projection that they have worked many years to achieve, which gives the illusion that they are in love with their self - they are Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde.
The person that everyone knows them as is nothing more than a fabrication; layers of twisted secrecy constructed to protect the disturbed abuser that lies beneath the facade. Narcissists are incapable of loving another person because they have not learned to love and be comfortable with their true self.
Myth 2. Narcissists are just people with high levels of self-esteem.
This is completely untrue. Normal, healthy and functional people can have high levels of self-esteem without being narcissistic, at least not to the point of a personality disorder.
Unlike a normal healthy person, a narcissist's self-esteem must be constantly regulated whilst the narcissist has no empathy, therefore in relationships the narcissist is only concerned with what their partner can do for them but never the opposite way around - the narcissist does not genuinely care about their partner's feelings, though will pretend to, and they show high levels of self-entitlement.
Their acted out empathy is all just a part of their facade yet is extremely compelling.
Myth 3. All narcissists are highly successful.
Although this may be true in the case of many overt, classic or elite narcissists, it is most certainly not the case with covert narcissists or inverted narcissists.
Covert and inverted narcissists actually have a lot of self-doubt and a lack of belief in their capabilities therefore they rarely go on to actually make any significant achievements throughout their lives.
In addition, the inverted narcissist is co-dependent and therefore relies on their partner to take care of them, as a mother or father would, though this also is done without genuine love or empathy.
Myth 4. Narcissists are just vain and big-headed people.
Although a high level of narcissism can result in people becoming more obsessed with their own physical appearance and self-image, a true malignancy of narcissism goes much deeper resulting in an unreasonable balance of self-entitlement, dysfunctional relationships and what can only be described as 'backwards logic' which is persistent over a long period of time.
Myth 5. All narcissists are the same.
This is completely untrue.
There are many types of narcissist, though they all suffer with one common trait - a complete lack of empathy.
There are overt narcissists, covert narcissists, cerebral narcissists, the inverted narcissist, the classic narcissist, the somatic narcissist and many more.
All narcissists lack empathy and are unable, or unwilling, to relate to the emotions of other people all of the time but their entire act when they pretend to is often flawlessly natural and extremely convincing.
Myth 6. A narcissist is just someone who is selfish and abusive.
Whilst narcissists are indeed both selfish and abusive, the fact that differentiates them from others is the entire false self which is gradually developed over many years, usually decades, to form a host of protective layers to hide the deceitful, manipulative abuser that secretly hides beneath.
The narcissist is an expert at doing so, as they have been practicing this art ever since they were a young child - they have gone on to develop a super-human capacity for manipulation and are extremely calculative.
Myth 7. All narcissists are capable of murder and rape.
Whilst it's a well-known fact within the mental health community that all rapists and murderers are narcissists, this does most certainly not mean that all narcissists are capable of such acts.
There are many narcissists who draw the line at emotional or mental abuse or a combination of both, as long as they get what they want. Some of them may use physical abuse instead but it's only a small percentage of narcissists who are sexual abusers but all narcissists are predatory in some sense of the word.
Due to their lack of empathy, narcissists see other people as nothing more than objects, or props in their own movie (life), to be used for their own gratification in order to fulfill their abnormal sense of entitlement.
Myth 8. A narcissist does not know they are a narcissist.
Plausible denial is a huge part of malignant narcissism and the denial of being a narcissist goes hand in hand with general narcissistic traits and the personality disorder as a whole.
Narcissists are not concerned with the presence of their overly narcissistic traits but they know that they lack a vital part of healthy human functioning (empathy) and that they can use this fact to their advantage - this is their biggest secret and is to never be revealed.
A narcissist will never admit that they are a narcissist. In addition, if you find yourself even considering the fact that you might be a narcissist then you can be assured that you are definitely not one!
Myth 9. Narcissists are just con-men/women.
There is a huge difference between a con-man or con-woman and a narcissist.
Most narcissists are pathological liars who have become compulsively obsessed with upholding their false sense of self in order to protect the "damaged goods" that remain concealed beneath the facade.
Beneath this facade, which is built brick by brick over the course of their lifetime, the narcissist is nothing more than a compulsive emotional vampire, a compulsive abuser, a compulsive liar who will use any opportunity they can to kick their victim(s) while they're down.
Although not intended, narcissists can be perceived by their victim(s) to be emotionally/mentally sadistic.
Myth 10. All abusers are narcissists.
This is definitely not true.
Abuse takes place in many different forms and abuse in relationships can be caused by many other factors. Just because someone is an abuser, it does not necessarily mean they are a narcissist, the difference being that the narcissist is playing a consistent and constant long-term game; a life-long game which they must maintain control of.
The narcissist cannot help resorting to abuse, as it acts as a security measure keeping people at bay and never allowing anyone to get too close to them emotionally.
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