5 Sneaky Ways A Narcissist Uses a DARVO Defense to Project Himself As A Victim

 December 01, 2018

5 Sneaky Ways A Narcissist Uses a DARVO Defense to Project Himself As A Victim

If these things are starting to sound familiar, you’re probably with a narcissist who will DARVO you to death if you allow it.

Narcissism occurs on a continuum.

There are slightly narcissistic people. These are people who think they might be the smartest person in the room. They can be annoying, but also fairly harmless. You can make a case to a person like this that a 7:00 bedtime for a 10-year-old really doesn’t make sense and lay out the points so he might eventually agree.

Sometimes, he’ll remind you what an inconvenience it is — that it was your idea and that, whenever possible, you are the one who must be inconvenienced by it, not him. This is a narcissist you can probably work with.

At the other end of the continuum are the narcissists who “know” they’re always the smartest person in the room. Their needs override the needs of everyone in their orbit. You cannot discuss a change in the 7:00 bedtime with him because it’s an inconvenience for him that will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Don’t be fooled by his crocodile tears; the true narcissist doesn’t really need you. Since he is probably charming and engaging, he’ll quickly replace you with a more compliant, adoring substitute.

At this extreme end of the narcissism continuum, you are not going to gain any traction with your clearly argued points or with reason.

Unless you want to spend your life feeling like a victim and with someone who only sees you as an accuser, it’s time for you to reverse things and free yourself of his manipulative DARVO defenses. Reverse course and run for the hills.


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Written by Judith Titin
Originally appeared on Yourtango
Printed with permission from the author
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5 Sneaky Ways A Narcissist Uses a DARVO Defense to Project Himself As A Victim

One comment on “5 Sneaky Ways A Narcissist Uses a DARVO Defense to Project Himself As A Victim

  1. Wait, that ” something Brett Kavanaugh did recently during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing”? Really? Because what I saw was a man defending himself. He even said “I do not doubt that she was assaulted but it was not by me”. He also accuse those BEHIND her and NOT her. AND, since the hearing, three of the accusers have come out and admitted that they lied in their accusations.
    This may be a good article but, by inserting her own political agenda, it discredits much of what is said. Judith Tutin sees one side and is unable to listen to both and find the truth. When one side accuses, the other defends, and then the first side says ‘I lied in my accusation’, then you cannot accuse the accused unless YOU are the narcissist.
    Also note that she only accepts that men can do this in her article. That is a sign of a closed mind.
    Judith is doing the EXACT same thing she is writing about.

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