The one thing that narcissists absolutely love to do, is to play horrible mind games and pull nasty tricks on their victims. They are always looking to torment their victims mentally and emotionally, and revel in the fact that their victims are going through hell. Even though they have various tricks up their sleeves, there are 8 special tricks narcissists like to play to manipulate their victims perfectly.
Here Are 8 Tricks Narcissists Play To Manipulate Their Victims
1. Being fake is what they do best.
Narcissists are experts when it comes to being superficial and fake. Initially, they will make you feel that you are the center of their universe and the apple of their eye. They will work very hard to draw you in, make you feel like they know exactly how you are feeling, and no matter what, they will always be there for you. Narcissists will count on you to make yourself vulnerable and the moment you do, they will pull the rug from under your feet.
Suddenly, they will behave in ways that will make you feel that you do not know them at all. If you are going through a rough time in your life, they will make you feel worse about yourself by constantly talking about how good their lives are, and how everything is absolutely perfect. Narcissists might not tell you negative things on your face, but they will try everything in their power to make you feel inferior, humiliated, and like a total loser (which you are not!).
2. Running around in circles is their forte.
If you have ever had any experience of dealing with a narcissist then you would know how they behave when you start to realize what they are up to. The moment you ask a narcissist to take responsibility for their actions and call them out for it, they will start running around in circles AKA does anything but introspect. Moreover, they will try to pin it on you by dropping the ball in your court.
They will deny, project, blame, and shame their victims constantly to save their own skin, so as not to be held accountable for their pathetic actions. Many victims tend to forgive the narcissist by making excuses for them (they might be having a bad day, they are not themselves, it must be my fault, they have a hard past, etc.), and that is exactly what a narcissist looks to achieve with their tricks.
The best way to handle them is to continue calling them out on their behavior and make them feel that you know exactly what they are up to. After a point, they won’t be able to take it anymore, and they will either leave you or try to punish you. Either way, you will know their true nature and be better off without them in your life.
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3. Calling their victims crazy.
This is one of the most common tricks narcissists play to evade consequences of when you have realized their true nature. If you pull them up for their questionable behavior, demand answers, or expose them for their wrong deeds, they will instantly try to pin it on you by calling you crazy. Narcissists will try to gaslight you to no end by acting as if they have no idea what you are talking about and will vehemently deny that something actually happened.
Narcissists tend to say the following things when they are exposed:
- You don’t know what you are saying.
- You are confused.
- You are wrong because that never happened.
- You are making things up.
- You have an overly active imagination.
- You are crazy and you need help.
- You always overreact.
- You love to fight and are always looking to quarrel.
By doing all this, narcissists try to make their victims feel defeated, underconfident, and perpetually confused about what the actual truth is.