In the case of narcissistic cult leaders, the cult members often pay with their lives as they did in Jonestown Guyana when Jim Jones came under investigation. In interpersonal relationships, violence is always something to be concerned about as J. Reid Meloy reminds us in his book, Violent Attachments.
And of course, in politics, much harm can be done when power can be wielded—but the worst comes when a malignantly narcissistic leader or head of state, severely flawed of character, claims that only they can fix things, that only they can shape the future, that only they have the answers, and that only they have a grand vision for the future and so out of necessity they must stay on to save us.
When you hear that, it should give you pause. That is when we have to worry the most. If you don’t believe me, let me tell you about one malignant narcissist of note. You may have heard of him—he was an Austrian corporal who painted postcards for a living. Full of himself and with no shortage of grandiose ideas, he decided on his own to run for office with one goal among various, which was to “Deutschland Wieder großartig machen” — to make Germany great again.
When a narcissist fails, all hell breaks loose, and they destroy anyone that comes in their path. When a narcissist fails, they do not care who they are hurting and the damage they are causing; they just want to hurt people, the way they have been “hurt”. If you have ever seen a narcissist fail, you know that calling their behavior despicable and horrible is an understatement. The best way to protect yourself when a narcissist fails is to steer clear of their path, and not let them suck you into their web of toxicity.
If you want to know more about what happens when a narcissist fails, then check this video out below:
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