Here’s how to deal with the 3 types of narcissists that you are most likely to meet.
We’ve all heard of the term narcissism but are we really sure about where it comes from and what it means?
Narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a young man who was too vain to care for even those who cared about him.
He was made to see his own reflection in a pool and was so enamored that he fell in love with himself!
Narcissists today are very much like that. They don’t care about other people at all and will tear them down or build them up to suit their own purposes.
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They are not worried about the hurt they cause others as long as they get the attention and get to keep the spotlight.
Sometimes, they can completely destroy your own self-esteem without your knowledge.
Here are the 3 types of narcissists that you are most likely to meet and how to deal with them
1) The Overt Narcissist
Those who are overtly narcissists use very conspicuous methods like calling people names, being unnecessarily mean and acting brutally.
It’s very easy to see them for what they are and rarely is their behavior covered up in a nicer garb.
It is important to show them that you will not stand for any kind of bullying. Do not let them get to you.
If need be, just leave when they become outright cruel and unkind. They are not good at subtlety and there are no gray areas to worry about here.
Luckily, they are very obvious people. You don’t have to worry about any ulterior motives so you can just cut them out of your life when they are being toxic.
2) The Subtle Narcissist
These people tend to be more passive-aggressive in their narcissism. It is harder to call them out on their actions but it is necessary to do so.
They can be very frustrating because they are very good at putting on a very innocent and guileless act in front of others while abusing you when no one else is around.
Their actions will be so good that others will have a very hard time believing you even if you tell them about your pain.
While it may be almost painful to see them walk away without any retribution, sometimes it might be the best thing for you.
If you try to confront them or go public with the issue, they will just twist your own story to make themselves look like the victim.
Other people will only realize the truth when they fall victim to the narcissist’s abusive nature and cruel trickery but the chances of that happening are very low at best.
Just remember that it will only hurt you more if you bring yourself down to their level. You might end up losing other people you care about in the process.
So, pick your battles as carefully as you can. Tell others to beware of these people and peacefully go on with your life.