Narcissistic dismissal

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  • February 21, 2024
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Angry man pointing his finger

It’s not uncommon for individuals with narcissistic traits to respond defensively or dismissively when confronted with issues in their behaviour or relationships. There could be several reasons why narcissists respond in this way:

Lack of self-awareness: Narcissistic individuals often have difficulty recognizing or acknowledging their own faults and shortcomings. They may genuinely believe there is no problem in the relationship because they are unable or unwilling to see their own behavior objectively.

Need for control: Narcissistic individuals often seek to control their environment and relationships to protect their fragile self-esteem and maintain a sense of superiority. By shifting the responsibility onto you to specify your expectations, they may be attempting to maintain control of the situation.

Avoidance of accountability: Admitting fault or acknowledging the impact of their behaviour on others can be threatening to narcissistic individuals’ self-image. By deflecting responsibility onto you, narcissists may be attempting to avoid facing any consequences or accountability for their actions.

Manipulation tactics: Narcissistic individuals may use manipulation tactics such as gaslighting or shifting blame to maintain their own sense of superiority and control in relationships. By asking you to specify your expectations, they may be attempting to manipulate the situation to their advantage or undermine your feelings.

It’s essential to prioritize your own well-being and set boundaries in your relationship with narcissists. Consider seeking support from a therapist or counselor who can help you navigate challenging dynamics and develop healthy coping strategies.