When a narcissistic knows YOU know!

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  • February 21, 2024
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Peeping through a hole in the fence

When a narcissist realises that someone has become aware of their behaviour, their reaction can vary depending on the individual and the specific circumstances. Here are some common ways a narcissist might act:

Defensive: Narcissists often have fragile egos and cannot tolerate criticism or perceived attacks on their self-image. When confronted with someone who has become aware of their behaviour, they may become defensive, deflecting blame onto others or denying any wrongdoing.

Gaslighting: Gaslighting is a tactic commonly used by narcissists to manipulate others into questioning their reality. When confronted, a narcissist might try to gaslight the person by making them doubt their perceptions or memories of events, thus deflecting attention away from their behaviour.

Manipulative Tactics: Narcissists are skilled manipulators and may try to manipulate the situation to their advantage. They might use tactics such as guilt-tripping, playing the victim, or employing charm to regain control over the situation and manipulate the other person’s perceptions.

Rage or Anger: If a narcissist feels threatened or exposed, they may respond with rage or anger. This could manifest as yelling, insults, or even aggressive behaviour in extreme cases. The aim is to intimidate and assert dominance over the person who has become aware of their behaviour.

Withdrawal or Silent Treatment: In some cases, a narcissist might respond to being confronted by withdrawing or giving the silent treatment. This can be a form of punishment, as they try to assert control by withholding attention or affection until the other person backs down.

Mirroring: Narcissists are skilled at mirroring the behaviour of others to manipulate them and gain their trust. If they sense that someone has become aware of their behaviour, they may try to mirror that person’s emotions or attitudes in an attempt to disarm them and regain their trust.

It’s important to note that every narcissist is different, and their response to being confronted about their behaviour may vary based on their personality, the dynamics of the relationship, and the specific circumstances. However, regardless of their reaction, it’s essential for individuals dealing with narcissists to prioritize their well-being and set boundaries to protect themselves from further manipulation or harm.