Q: Does the narcissist ever experience pain? They hurt so many of us…is there ever a time when they feel extreme pain? Or do they go through their lives basically happy and at peace?
A: Narcissists do feel pain, but it is only to negative emotions like anger, resentment, jealousy, and feelings of abandonment. Generally, they do not feel emotional pain to loss of love (the most common emotional pain that most people associate with when they hear the word ‘pain”) or pain because they hurt someone. No, they usually do not go through life happy and at peace. It is very difficult to keep up a façade, to keep their mask from slipping. There are some who are probably generally happy- the ones who are lucky enough to get all their narcissistic supply needs met (like successful politicians or entertainers) but more commonly they expend a lot of energy maintaining a façade, seeking out supply, and defending their fragile egos.
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