Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity, an overwhelming need for admiration and a complete lack of empathy toward others. People with this disorder believe they are the most important person in everyone’s life. They often have no problem belittling, manipulating and stepping on others to gain attention or to get ahead. If you’re in a relationship with a narcissist, you may be the last one to realize it. This is because they are masters of manipulation.
These are five of the most harmful narcissistic manipulation tactics:
1. Playing The Role Of The Victim
You are the one being victimized, but a narcissist is a pro at making you second guess that fact. They have a way of constantly turning things around to make themselves look like the victim in every situation. If they are late for something or they stand you up, they’ll tell you it’s because you didn’t tell them the correct date and time. Regardless of the situation, a narcissist will never take the blame. They’ll say things to make you question yourself and eventually, you’ll start believing them.
2. Public Or Private Shaming
Whether it happens when you’re out in public or in the privacy of your own home, narcissists make a habit out of shaming. They make comments that belittle you and make you feel small, look weak or appear less intelligent than they are. These comments may be followed by “just kidding” or “can’t you take a joke?” But what they’re doing is completely intentional. Their goal is to hurt you and to make you feel small.