What is Narcissistic Rage? The 7 Stages of Anger

Narcissism (or Narcissistic Personality Disorder) is a diagnosis given to individuals under the classification of personality disorders. Narcissists are extremely selfish and self-centered people who are capable only of thinking about their own issues regarding power, prestige, and personal adequacy. They have little to no empathy, cannot understand the problems of people around them, and are not aware of other peoples’ feelings. Although they act superior and confident, this actually hides the fact that they have very fragile egos. The slightest disrespect or challenge can quickly lead to the development of a furious rage in them.

Narcissistic rage” is a term coined by Heinz Kohut in his book The Analysis of the Self when it was published in 1972. It occurs when the narcissist perceives he is being personally “attacked” by someone else. Grandiose self-worth, vanity and entitlement are basic characteristics of this disorder; when these are challenged it often leads to narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage is a reaction to” narcissistic injury”- a perceived threat to their self-worth or self-esteem. Their rages can be of two types: explosive or passive-aggressive. The explosive rages are just as they sound- explosive, volatile outbursts which may be verbal, physical, or both. The passive-aggressive rages are exhibited as withdrawal into a sulky, silent treatment as the means to punish the offender.

Do not confuse anger with the narcissistic rage. Anger is a natural reaction when exposed to provocation. Anger occurs from a rational cause and dissipates when one is able to express it. The fuming rage the narcissist feels is different from the anger that people usually feel; it is either irrational or severely blown out of proportion from an insignificant remark or action.

Narcissists need constant admiration, attention and compliments. They live with the illusion that they are perfectionists and that people revere them. That makes them dependent on other people to keep their self-esteem high. Therefore, any challenge, mildly negative remark, or disagreement from another person is considered criticism, rejection and even mockery. They take these personally as an assault or betrayal and lash out at the person who provoked them. Narcissistic rage often results in physical and/or emotional abuse.

Causes of Narcissistic Rage

      1. Challenge to their Confidence: People with narcissism often place unrealistic demands on their partner or children. These demands are frequently challenged by the person in the relationship. When challenged, the narcissists’ brittle egos are unable to accept the idea that they were wrong or seen as imperfect. They turn this into a personal attack and respond with rage toward that person to regain their sense of superiority.
      2. Injury to Self-Esteem: When a narcissist’s shortcomings are pointed out by someone, they feel an overwhelming sense of shame. The narcissist then lashes out toward the person who pointed out the shortcomings. The rage is executed to seek revenge upon the accuser. The need for revenge results in explosive rage and does not die down until the narcissist feels the person was dealt appropriate punishment.
      3. False Sense of Self: The narcissist has a false sense of self. Underlying this false sense of self are feelings that he is not loveable for who he is or what he offers in relationships. When a lover or partner begins to feel doubts about the narcissist, that is when the narcissistic rage surfaces.

Types of Narcissistic Rage

  • Explosive: Narcissistic individuals have a violent outburst which can be both verbal and physical in nature. [Self-harm: Some narcissists like to manifest their rage by inflicting injury to themselves by cutting, burning, stabbing, etc.]
  • Passive-aggressive: The other way of expressing rage is passive-aggressive behavior where the narcissists do not harm the victim physically or mentally, but punish him passively (sulking, silent treatment, pretending they are invisible).

Narcissistic Rage Cycle: The 7  Stages of Anger

Rage is a primitive, immature child-like expression of thwarted needs and/or (actual or perceived) invalidation. For most people, anger goes through several levels of emotion, each level requiring a certain level of self-control. According to psychiatrist Adam Blatner, there are seven levels of anger:

  1. Stress Feeling angry subconsciously but not demonstrating it.
  2. Anxiety Anger shown through subtle clues.
  3. Agitation Displeasure is shown without blame.
  4. Irritation A little more displeasure to elicit a response.
  5. Frustration Anger with a scowl or harsh words.
  6. Anger Anger with loudness of speech and expression.
  7. Rage Losing temper and getting into a rage; aggression.

It appears that narcissists do not go through the 7 stages like other people do. The smallest infraction will send them right to level 7-rage. Why is that? Their rage seems to be caused by any threat to their ego, and the ensuing rage acts to erase that threat and maintain their self image and feelings of superiority. To narcissists, rage is a perfectly appropriate response when they experience any threat to their view of self.

After being the victim of a narcissistic rage, you will probably find yourself going over and over the events that happened in order to try to pin down what caused the outburst-and you probably just don’t get it. However, if you choose to stay in a relationship with a narcissist, for your safety, you need to fully understand what triggers this behavior and why it happens. That way you may be able to avoid triggering the narcissistic rage and create a safer environment for yourself. Remember, too, that you are not responsible for these rages; what you are witnessing is the narcissist’s reaction to feelings of shame.

References:

  1. http://narcissisticbehavior.net/what-causes-narcissistic-rage
  2. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/narcissistic-rage.html
  3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/103707-causes-narcissistic-rage/
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  1. cec says:

    I accepted a manager position for county government and I quit after 2 years because I was getting depressed and physically sick and couldn’t pinpoint why after enjoying years of good health. The management team i worked with consisted of a director, assistant director, prog manager and a budget manager who were all narcissist. I am a mental health prof who has worked in the field of mental health for 20+ years and not even having prior knowledge of this personality type helped me. I often wondered about this peculiar bunch that by all appearance seemed professional and appeared to get along so well.

    • Tiffany Lockyer says:

      I been reading alot on this i was trying to figure alot of stuff about my ex we bought a house together and all the stuff i have read it was him to a t…i had to put a protection order just to keep my kids and safe from everything…the people who are have this needs to get help it really screws with emotions…i was a reck but im just working on me ….to build my.self up to ware i was

  2. Janice Beeman says:

    Thank you for all the information, this article really relates to my mother, and the abuse my husband and I have received from her. It’s never ending, I pray for patience but most of the time it doesn’t work.

  3. michael says:

    i cant get out of this every characteristic you point out is her.I am broke and i cant win.Please i need help to get away from this i believe she is the best . My children see this but they think it is normal.She has her friends convinced it is me. she is several steps ahead to cover her tracks .The rage is unbelievable i called the police one time made out a report do not know what she wrote it is on record also i called 911. she is a true narcissist according to every thing i read.How can i prove this if i go to court to save my sanity .

    • Cheryl Shollack says:

      I hear you! I fear for my sanity also. If I can’t get to school now after 2 years of waiting and trying to go, I feel I will go down into despair. I don’t have a car I don’t have money I can’t get a ride, there are no buses in my city. If I work I will not make any money because my benefits would be cut. I am not allowed anything over 30$ a month on SSI. It is different than SSD! SSD gets almost 2times more a month AND they can work without being penalized! The system is designed to keep people on it and dependent and the people running it abuse their power. I cannot take any more of this! I need to get to school so I can earn enough to support myself and I can’t wait any more! I need a therapist who is trained in this! Most therapists DO NOT understand and make it worse! It seems their are nothing but evil abusers, Narcissits, and Unfeeling, uncaring, I don’t have time for you, type of people out there any more! And I am talking about people who are supposed to be helping me!

      • Cheryl Shollack says:

        My Narc turned everyone against me too! Please know that there are others out here who care and who are not like that! I will include you in my prayers. I wish you well in dealing with your problems and hope things get better for you. God tells us in His word to turn to Him and to ask for His help and He promises to help those of His children who love Him and follow Him. I have found that when I tried to rely on myself and others for help it got me absolutely no where! When I turned to God and asked for His help, He did answer me. I did get help with some of my problems, but not everything yet. Have faith and trust in God to care for you and ask to be shown the path God wants you to follow. Being thankful and counting your blessings is what works! God has promised to hear the prayers of the righteous and to save the oppressed in times of trouble! Then, when He delivers you remember to Thank and Praise Him!!!

  4. Christina says:

    The fight me and my STBX got in where I finally left was a perfect example of this. HE had turned off the air conditioner but asked me if I did, I said in a semi whiny voice “I didn’t do it” he was already in a bad mood so he sarcastically said something about how if I used that defense in court I’d be a laughing stock. He said something about murder and saying “I didn’t do it” and I said “there’s a huge difference between turning off the air conditioner and murder”. Whoops. This enraged him. Did I really think he was SO stupid that didn’t know the difference between murder and an air conditioner? I was a condescending B—h. Stuff started getting thrown. I started getting called all kinds of names. And “after everything I put him through” I was supposed to just sit there and take it.
    It devolved from there. I wound up leaving him that night.

    • Anon says:

      Comments like HIS are no joke. Get away from him as that sounds like a perceived offense which he will need to get back at you for. In my experience, a narcissist is more than willing to go to the extent of setting you up to discredit you or unfairly get you in trouble with law. It is unbelievable what they will do to discredit and humiliate you and no one will believe you because they play you off against them well in advance. The person I have encountered is amazingly good at identifying a persons insecurity and using that insecurity to turn them against you. It has always amazed me the hatred I have encountered from people I have never… met until I worked this s**t out. These people are very sneaky and scary. Do not offend one as they will not stop. Good luck.

      • Joel Miller says:

        My wife is such a manipulator she will use the law or even child protective services to manipulate and control things. when she disagrees with children discipline she will tell our children to tell their teachers at school. She posts comments about our disagreements on her Facebook page in order to get others to agree her. She then uses that agreement as justification for her behavior and further denigration of me. She constantly mocks, demeans and denigrates me in order to make herself feel better. She knows the law and the fact that if the police are called for domestic dispute in this state the male will have to leave the home regardless of who is at fault. As a result, during her rages she tries to bait me into doing something that she can use against me with the police.

  5. Mark says:

    I am a divorced 56 year old man who, due to financial problems, lives with my Mother. It’s an average sized 2 story, 3 bedroom town house with a basement. It could be a mansion but still not big enough for my narcissistic mother and myself. She has all but 2 of the classic narcissistic traits from the latest edition DSM. Diagnostic and statictical manual which is used by all mental health pros. My problem is that I am running out of patience to the point where I truly wish one of us would die. I have made a couple half hearted suicide attempts but never ever put a hand on her. I cannot tolerate the put-downs, lack of respect/privacy, the “everything is my fault” attitude etc etc. The worst thing is that I have 2 biological daughters and my mother treats the 31 year old like a queen and ignores the 24 year old. I mean she has not seen or even made an attempt to see her. She never seemed to care about my younger daughter from the day she was born. Before my Dad passed away in 2008 we would all spend Xmas together lie a normal family. Now she will send my youngest a $50 check. In 2013 I must have heard my mother say to me “I didn’t get a thank you note from ______”. My daughter wrote one and I saw the envelope at my ex wife’s house (where she lives). Somehow the envelope never made it to my mother. I told her “_____sent it!!!!”, every time she whined and/or screamed about it. In 2014 I told my daughter to write the undeserving thank you note and I will hand deliver it. My ex and daughter were thinking of sending the check back with a note stating “thanks, but no thanks”. I told my daughter to take the money and spend it, go out and have a good time. “If you send the note back she wins” is what I told them and we agreed. The thing that baffles my mind is that my mother goes into a rage when I poliitely tell her how ignoring ______ hurts me. Give me 3 minutes and I gaurentee she will scream. But not when there is someone else there. She is good at hiding her rage in front of others. I don’t think she is too stupid to realize how that effects me. I believe she just does not give a $#$%!!! Anyone got any suggestions on how to endure this emotional abuse for about 3 more months, when I should be in better financial shape to get myself a home. And here’s another problem where I will listen to all suggestions! I fear she is going to leave her house (which my Dad busted his rear to pay for while mother just sat on her rear) to my older daughter and leave nothing to my younger daughter and myself. My older daughter already has a nicer house which mother helped her buy. Is there anything I can legally do to make sure ______ and myself get our share? Anyone, please help, ADVICE NEEDED!! Thank you.

    • StarKeck says:

      I am dealing with a bad spot myself… Not with a parent, but a spouse. He is a fantastic manipulator and much to my personal horror has pushed me to limits where I myself was exhibiting unacceptable behaviors – I didn’t even know who I was anymore! Therapy helps if you can afford it. If not, start reading some books on boundaries as setting good boundaries will help you feel more in control of yourself and less reactive to the N in your life (which helps by removing fuel, tho there may be an initial backlash).
      What about the relationship between your daughters? If they are good sisters to one another, perhaps the older could take the inheritance and then pass along her extra assets to the younger. I know this doesn’t fix the relationship between you and your mom or your younger child with her grandmother, but it is a sort of practical resolution at the least.
      Best of luck and God bless!

  6. Cheryl Shollack says:

    I am on SSI and live in a SIL(semi-independent living)apartment. I was married for 18 years and had 3 kids with him. He hooked me onto drugs and blamed me for everything and then when I was good and hooked he divorced me saying I was an unfit mother and I did not have an attorney and was actively using at the time of the divorce. I lost my children. I lost the house. We had a nice house and he worked at GM for 25 years and made good money. we had 2 newer cars and a boat and he had pension and GM stock, etc. I was awarded only my personal belongings and 1 room of furniture. He never gave me that either! My parents refused to help me so I wouldn’t lose everything and my mom took over my kids when I tried in the past to leave abusive husband. and made it so intolerable with her abuse I went back when he called. Anyway I lost everything and my whole life I didn’t have control over money. I had a cosmetology license but he refused to make payment for renewal thereby making sure I couldn’t ever leave or support myself and I have been the scapegoat of my family all my life and to his family and to my next husband’s family. My mother smear campaigned me to EVERYONE! My whole family, my church, brothers husbands and even my children. HOW CAN I GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION? I THOUGHT COLLEGE. I START TOMORROW BUT NO CAR NO RIDE! I can’t work or they will cut my benefits and I will end up with no more than I get now but I would be working 20 hrs. a week and stuck in minimum wage!

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  8. Oscar says:

    I’m sorry, i know this is highly unethical to talk about.

    I’ve worked in my family business for over 15 years. For many years, i had tried to pin point just why i was feeling so depressed. I used to love my job, my life and everyone around me. I’ve had been turned in to an absolute wreck, a monster, someone i hate. Why? well you’ve read the article and perhaps a 100 more.

    An employee here had completely ruined my reputation. I was turned in to the office joke and a walking punching bag for this guy and his fellow ‘yes men’. When you’ve been working in a field for 15 years, you gain experience and a great reputation – to have a junior walk in your room who is under the master manipulation of a narc, and then questions your ability to perform when instead you should receive respect – you know somethings wrong.

    Being a family business, you would expect your family to step in. Unfortunately, they too were under his spell. ‘You think too much into it’, ‘you are too emotional’ I only persisted until their eyes started rolling when ever i mentioned his name. I knew something had to be done.

    So, i looked up office bullying and ways to stop it. I couldn’t help but notice the amount of times narcissism showed up on googles results. So i read into it. Soon, i was glued to my screen. I couldn’t believe how accurately it described him. Although I’m NO mental health expert, many would agree that if it quaks like a duck, waddles like a duck then its a god damn DUCK. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt that i was dealing with a narcissist. What i was really ecstatic about was just how simple it was to upset one. Now, me and this guy are about the same size. I knew that he would eventually get violent should i go too far with trying to upset him. But, i was ok with that. Do not attempt this unless you are too. The best remedy for a narcissist is to leave them forever – as the professionals in the field say.

    But, i needed to go further. I mean, this guy wanted me to fail miserably. He turned my family against me. I lost friends because of him. And to him, this was all a game. For me, gaining the family business under my control again was imperative – i couldn’t even take out the garbage without someone laughing at me implying that this would be my best attempt to show my worth. So i talked to one of his many enemies, one that went to school with him. He said, that because of his horse’ish looks they would sing the Mr Ed the talking horse jingle to tease him. He apparently almost had a mental break down. This was sugar to me. That Monday, you know exactly what i did. I played that song all day long. But he kept quite. So i continued the next day, but i added a few more tunes to the mix. Horses – by Daryl Braithwaite and the Horse with no name by Americana. By thursday, he had written a lengthy letter to our Boss (My Father). Unfortunately for him, my father didn’t want to get involved, plus he is my father whats he going to do sack me? I continued. Soon, just about every thing i talked about were horses, hay etc. I even found a 12hour video on youtube that played horse noises. Within three weeks, he lost his control he wanted to fight. I was ready, so i confronted him – but he did didily squat. I stood there in front of the entire office, and said what the hells this guys problem? I’m just sitting in my room listening to music and the idiot wants to fight me! He couldn’t bring himself to admit why he was so upset. And so i continued. Now, he is depressed and walks on egg shells around me. If I hear his voice, i start to hum the tunes. Apparently he is looking for a new job, but is so depressed that he can’t bring himself to go to an interview and no, i do not feel bad or sorry.

    People say Karma, i say this was HIS karma not mine.

    Good luck to all out there dealing with this kind of filth. I re-iterate the point that you should never mess with a narcissist, unless of course you know you can handle your self and have no other option when your backs against the wall.

    • Brandy says:

      This EXACTLY my situation!!! Only we work together in a small family owned business and not owned by either one of us, and we are females. For 4 years now I’ve been dealing with this basket case! I’ve worked at this place for 6 years now her 4, I’ve worked very hard to get the pay I make and not a lot of other job opportunities in my small town. I have gone at this issue in every way possible and it’s fascinating now that I know what I’m dealing with on how she behaves from day to day. Not that it makes my life any better but now I know the problem is not me and I’ve built myself back up from her wrath. I’m truly afraid someday I’m going to give into needing satisfaction/relief/karma/ whatever ya wanna call it. She has gone as far as physically hitting her dog when she’s in her way, that alone makes me want to beat her. This is a very horrible disorder and I find myself researching about narcs and just trying to educate myself on how to deal with this problem on a daily basis. I have never in my 36 years met someone like this and I just can’t understand it!!!! Reading others similar experiences helps me feel not so alone. Thanks for sharing.

    • Raeving lunatic says:

      This story is a thing of great beauty

  9. Kalia says:

    My father is a raging narcissist. His alcoholism and narcissism ruined our lives and his. He lost a very good job because of it. He was eventually asked to move out because of his threats to kill family pets if he didn’t get his way. Seriously. While still married to my mother, he apparently started living with some other woman who is also an alcoholic. He lied to the whole family…told us she was a he, just a friend, blablabla…when the truth was discovered, he lied about her. He said she threatened him and was blackmailing him, blablabla. Said he didn’t want her in his life, wanted to get back together with Mom (this was said to Mom several times over the years—his lies constantly changing the story–I want you, I hate you, I want you, I hate you…so confusing and he was verbally and emotionally abusive too. While my mother was suddenly ill with a mysterious sickness and not in her right mind, he MOVED ANOTHER WOMAN INTO THE FAMILY HOME where my Mom had been living for several years alone because of his additions and toxic behavior and threats. And he took THAT WOMAN to the NURSING HOME where Mom was staying and LIED TO HER about how this woman was HER FRIEND…NOT telling her that the woman was actually his GIRLFRIEND, whom he was cheating on Mom with!! He LITERALLY put another woman in Mom’s place—living HER life, living in HER house, using HER things. Disgusting. And tried to force us to accept this woman and “be a family?!?!?” Seriously. We believe Mom’s illness could have been triggered by his years of cheating, lies, and back-and-forth as after intensive tests and over a year in care and out of her home, they could find no cause other than stress and anxiety. Mom finally died of a heart attack 11 months after he moved another woman into her home. He is a cruel man. He is withholding many of Mom’s things and living in the house with that woman. Given her some of Mom’s jewelry, etc. Living with her every day sitting at the kitchen table my parents bought after their WEDDING. And yet, in HIS mind, we are horrible, ungrateful, cruel kids. Greedy kids. Nasty kids. Because we don’t like what he has done and disapprove. He is the victim here, in his mind. He forced us to sit around the wedding kitchen table and HOLD HANDS with THAT WOMAN and say grace, he called that woman by his nickname for our MOM, right in front of us, and didn’t even notice. And now he threatens us and says we need to just get over it and let’s all be a family. People, THIS is how a raging narcissist acts. Imagine what one can do in a high office of great power.

    • Dawn Fergen says:

      Your last sentence is a very scary thought indeed, and is now one we are all actually now living with the current occupant in the White House. If people have never experienced a narcissistic persons behaviors, they are about to get a crash course with Trump.

  10. Paul says:

    I wonder how much this article peaked since the election of Trump, specifically the ban. Helps making the case for companies and organisations to stop supporting the US.

  11. Russ says:

    My ex wife is a classic narcissist. I didn’t realise until I started researching what the issues were with our relationship.

    The most annoying thing about the relationship is that after 12 years I no longer have any idea what a normal relationship is like. We have 3 great children but the marriage was loveless, sexless and she oscilated between extended periods of silence followed by totally unpredictable violent fits of rage. The kind where she was screaming with blood vessels showing in her face.

    After 3 different marriage counsellors we got nowhere then on the 4th attempt found one that was good. Her idea was to come together, come back individually, then come back together again at the end. Guess what happened prior to the last meeting ? She cancelled When I asked how her session had gone I was told that it was “none of my business” So, thats kind of when I got it.

    The frustrating thing I have found with her (as have others) is a total unwillingness to share any kind of information. She refuses to answer even the most basic question. For example, “Are you taking the children swimming this morning?” Answer “I am trying to get them breakfast” It is totally infuriating.
    Hanging up mid phonecall is a totally normal occurrence if the call is not to her liking.

    Is this something other people have come across ?

    Until recently I have been totally at my wits end though I am starting to understand where it’s coming from. She is still told by her parents (at the age of 42) how special she is. She was 30 when I met her and she remarked later how “virginal” and atractive she must have appeared. Virginal ??? At the age of 30 ? Seriously. For the record she was not.

    When we finally broke up it was partly because she had been on an extended binge drinking session which ended with her dishing out verbal abuse to me, vomiting and trying to get into bed with one of our children. To her this was normal….as long as it didn’t happen all the time. The year prior, whilst wasted , she tried to get out of a moving taxi, got home and lay on the driveway . No problem with alcohol though, just likes a drink…….Her parents had to carry her home from an adult party at 7pm because she couldn’t stand up and blamed me for letting it get to that stage. I could go on but its boring.

    She ended it by asking me to leave (which I did) and ended up not going back to the house. Subsequently I lost my job and she now says “Everyone wonders how you can look at yourself in the mirror having left your family”

    So what I would say to people who are on the receiving end. It is ultra – difficult to deal with. But, the only way to stop losing your mind is to ignore as much as possible and treat them as if they are a sick person. Trying to understand the verbal outbursts and irrational behaviour only serves to drive yourself insane.

    Thank God for the internet, without it I would have no idea what was going on

    • Alexis Talisman says:

      Wow, yes, no questions ever answered!
      Yes, hangs up phone!
      Yes, raging functioning yet black out drunk!
      Yes verbal emotional physical abuse!
      Threatens to kill me, kill himself by drinking to death !
      Actually said he’s a sociopath!
      Admitted to never loving except for me of course! Right!
      So much more, and I’m 46, can’t believe I have come across a human with such rage conviction force yet so passionate charming and incredibly sexy on the once a month moment he decides he’s ready for intimacy .
      I am blown away by what I’ve read here, what I’m experiencing and living with such terror.

      Thank you all, this is so sad but helps to understand a little more how real it is!

    • William Footitt says:

      Russ, yes yes yes. For 2 years I thought something was wrong with me. I did not know people like this existed. I have a beautiful boy with her and she’s prego with another right now. I have zero desire to be with her but I’d love to wake up with them and help spare them from this nonsense.

  12. Janet says:

    The rages are premeditated to avoid third parties intervening or witnessing these attacks. They aren’t a hot temper they are callous deliberate and the target has no idea of how they triggered the narcissist.
    The victim is completely lean the dark, once the line is crossed the rages are frequent, my narcissist repressed his full blown rage for two years, once he crossed the line they were a weekly event.

    Extremely traumatic to be on the receiving end of this, it feels like rape all you can do is escape quietly and go no contact. It’s their cold detachment and personalised attack coupled with a time to maximise th impact of the abuse. They can repress but have chosen not to do that.

    They’ll blame you for their behaviour adding to the surreal nature of the terror they have instilled, they are highly aroused during raging which is creepy.

  13. Alexandra says:

    After 48 years of manipulative abuse from my narcissistic brother, I cut the cord. No contact for almost five months. I gave up an inheritance (which he, as executor of my mother’s estate, refuses to release). I endured decades of his obscenities, his tantrums, his violence, his manipulations. He built his wealth on the backs of my hard-working parents, manipulated his way into being their Power of Attorney, and then refused to honor their testamentary wishes. I’d rather start from zero (financially) and re-build my wealth and self-esteem without the stress of a dealing with a narcissist. It’s not worth it. There’s no “half-way” in this case; every time he “apologizes,” it’s a set-up for bigger abuse in the future. I have never felt more free and happy than I do today. Gone is . . the gut-wrenching dread associated with seeing my brother on holidays, enduring his abuse just because he is “family.” No more. I surround myself with good friends, and with each day of “no contact,” the sun shines brighter than I’ve ever seen it.

  14. Karla Raphael says:

    AWESOME Article! Bravo to author and contributors. What an excellent resource that validates my life and many others, in concrete accurate ways.
    Thank You Alexander Burgemeester! Well Done.

  15. Knute says:

    One of the first clues I had about my girlfriend’s narcissistic profile was the amount of negative energy she displayed in ordinary conversation. A common phrase she used for all sorts of things and situations was “I hate . . . “, and there was much that she hated from politics to consumer issues, particular persons or institutions, clothing styles, American “values” (European manners and morals were generally superior), certain movies, TV in general, various tastes in food, furniture, automobiles, you name it. When I once stated, “my, it just seems you HATE so many things!” it set her back because it was so blatant. From then on she started to correct herself by substituting other words and phrases for “I hate . . ” But the negative energy was still there, and it really put me on guard and prepared me when that energy was turned on me.

    Advice: Don’t hang on. That negative energy will never go away, and you can expect a pattern of rage to continue forever. And snobbery is a tell-tale, ugly flaw of the unhappy narcissist.

  16. Unhappy says:

    My boyfriend is a narcissist. There are good things about him and good parts of his personality but if I dare to disagree with him about something he will lecture me until I give in and call me stupid or naive if I don’t give in; If I don’t say thank you loudly enough or gratefully enough then I have injured his ego and I will suffer the wrath either then or he will keep it in until he spits it out in a rage later. If I am feeling particularly brave and mildly criticize him then he gets very angry and usually goes on to tell me all of my flaws in response. Basically I try to keep on his good side, but if I am tired or relaxed after having a couple of drinks then I just can’t be bothered to hold my tongue and if I haven’t shown him enough adoring respect for one reason or another then the Narcissistic Rage arrives. It looks like he is rushing into the room to hit me but he stops short of doing that , sometimes he may slam a door and rant and rave or hit a wall. But the worst thing is emotional aspect, whenever we argue, and I mean EVERY time, he turns the argument around to tear me apart for everything I do wrong and that every problem not matter what it is , is turned around to the fact that I am messy and untidy and therefore he calls me a b%tch and it is my fault that he has gone into a rage because I cause him to be unhappy. He will NEVER admit to having an ego problem and will NEVER admit to being wrong. Sometimes I feel angry at his parents for raising a son that thinks he has the right to feel so superior and entitled. The sad thing is the negativity that he emits – any issue is a massive problem, he doesnt see solutions only hassles that a man as great as him shouldnt have to deal with, he treats any problem as if its the end of the world and he is angry about having to sort it out, any poor driving on the road upsets him unreasonably – a 5 minute drive to work has my stomach in knots due to vibe of unnecessary anger. I wish he would learn to be happy and not expect to get his joy out of other people appreciating him. Maybe therapy would help but he would only go on and on about how its all my fault which i just don’t have the stomach for.

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