The Two Kinds Of Narcissists - Deepstash

The Two Kinds Of Narcissists

  • Grandiose narcissists are in a complete self-delusion and believe every word they say. Some experts classify this category of narcissists as psychopaths.
  • Vulnerable narcissists don;t believe what they are saying; they are seekers of fame and status, probably due to some psychological wounds at an early age.

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Narcissism As A Defence Mechanism
  • The term Narcissist is named after the beautiful Narcissus, a youth in Ancient Greece who was so self-obsessed with his own reflection that it killed him.
  • A narcissistic attitude is a product of self-loathing, and not self-love, according to an academic study.
  • Narcissism is mostly misunderstood and is in fact a cover-up or a defence mechanism on one’s negative self-worth and deep insecurities.
  • Narcissism can be described as performative self-elevation, where one pretends to be more successful or important than one really is.

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  1. Vulnerable - they have low self-esteem and crave affirmation
  2. Grandiose - they have a genuinely overinflated sense of self

A study done by New York University researchers suggests that those who fall under the grandiose type of narcissism are not narcissists at all because their behavior resembles psychopathy and those who fall under the vulnerable type are not true narcissists because they do not seek power or dominance.

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Qualities of a Covert Narcissist
  • They may come off as introverted, shy, innocent, and even caring
  • They give a shoulder to cry on but will use what you share with them against you further down the road with the sole aim of making you feel indebted and grateful
  • They are emotionally persuasive and can guilt-trip you without noticing it
  • They seek status and validation while discarding other people with their feelings of entitlement and lack of empathy but through concealed methods

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Narcissists Will Catch Our Eye

In spite of the exhibitionism, arrogance, vanity and a massive superiority complex, narcissists seem attractive, and alluring to a large section of people.

This surprising outcome may be due to people confusing narcissism with positive self-worth and high self-esteem.

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