The narcissist feels a compelling need to control people in his or her environment; his spouse or partner, work mates, friends and neighbors. He or she will seek to dominate every individual and every group with which he interacts. A major component of narcissism is gaining control over others.
This behavior is often a reaction to a childhood completely dominated by a narcissistic parent or parents - controlled in all aspects of his young life and not allowed to develop control over his own life. Healthy parenting involves allowing children to learn where the boundaries lie, whereas narcissistic parenting involves the parent s establishing complete emotional control over their offspring.
He sees other people in his environment — at home, at work, friends, relatives and neighbors — as extensions of himself. He sees himself at the center of the world- the controller, an idol to be adored and admired; in his mind this makes it acceptable for him to control and abuse others. An expert in knowing best how things should turn out and how people should behave, the narcissist tries to control them.
Narcissists have an obsessive need to control others due to their fear of abandonment. Abandonment is the ultimate narcissistic injury. The connection between narcissism and control is strong and represents one of the diagnostic tools used by psychologists to define the personality disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
People suffering from narcissism attempt to control others in order to enhance their own sense of power and entitlement. Narcissism and the need to control relate to their self image as does the tendency to devalue others to increase their own sense of self-worth.
Controlling others also relates to a lack of empathy, a tell-tale trait seen in people with narcissism. Narcissists typically believe they deserve special recognition for their superior talent or intelligence, which they feel gives them the right to exploit, demean, and use others. The narcissist might become jealous or possessive and resort to aggressive behavior to exert control. He or she might resent a partner who does not focus constant attention on the narcissist or defer to his or her desires.
The narcissist feels he must control his significant others in order to have a steady, reliable source of Narcissistic Supply. This precipitates a narcissistic crisis. The narcissist becomes more desperate and more compulsive in looking for his drug. The narcissist initiates his own abandonment by demeaning, devaluing and even discarding others because of his fear. The personality of the narcissist has a low level of organization.
It is precariously balanced. Being abandoned could cause a narcissistic injury so grave that the whole edifice can come crumbling down. Narcissists usually entertain suicidal ideation in such cases. But, if the narcissist initiated his abandonment, if HE directed the scenes, if the abandonment is perceived by him to be a goal HE set himself to achieve — he can and does avoid all these troublesome consequences.How does the narcissist react when not in receipt of sufficient Narcissistic Supply?
The narcissist constantly consumes really, preys upon adoration, admiration, approval, applause, attention and other forms of Narcissistic Supply. When lacking or deficient, a Narcissistic Deficiency Dysphoria sets in. The narcissist then appears to be depressed, his movements slow down, his sleep patterns are disordered he either sleeps too much or becomes insomniachis eating patterns change he gorges on food or is avoids it altogether.
He is be constantly dysphoric sad and anhedonic finds no pleasure in anything, including his former pursuits, hobbies, and interests. He is subjected to violent mood swings mainly rage attacks and all his visible and painful efforts at self-control fail.
He may compulsively and ritually resort to an alternative addiction - alcohol, drugs, reckless driving, shopaholism. This gradual disintegration is the narcissist's futile effort both to escape his predicament - and to sublimate his aggressive urges.
His whole behaviour seems constrained, artificial, and effortful. The narcissist gradually turns more and more mechanical, detached, and "unreal". His thoughts constantly wander or become obsessive and repetitive, his speech may falter, he appears to be far away, in a world of his narcissistic fantasies, where Narcissistic Supply is aplenty.
He withdraws from his painful existence, where others fail to appreciate his greatness, special skills and talents, potential, or achievements.\
The narcissist thus ceases to bestow himself upon a cruel universe, punishing it for its shortcomings, its inability to realise how unique he is.
The narcissist goes into a schizoid mode: he isolates himself, a hermit in the kingdom of his hurt. He minimises his social interactions and uses "messengers" to communicate with the outside. Devoid of energy, the narcissist can no longer pretend to succumb to social conventions.
His former compliance gives way to open withdrawal a rebellion of sorts. Smiles are transformed to frowns, courtesy becomes rudeness, emphasised etiquette used as a weapon, an outlet of aggression, an act of violence.
The narcissist, blinded by pain, seeks to restore his balance, to take another sip of the narcissistic nectar. In this quest, the narcissist turns both to and upon those nearest to him.We all know that that malignant narcissists narcissists who also have antisocial traits are manipulative and can even fool experts, psychiatrists and the most experienced of law enforcement officials.
Yet there are six crucial truths about these types of manipulators that can come in handy when it comes to resisting their tactics. Use this information wisely and you can find yourself cutting the cord to a toxic relationship with one that much more safely:. Direct confrontation of their narcissism will result in further manipulation and narcissistic rage, which can cause you to remain entrenched in the cycle of abuse.
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Their actions and pattern of behavior will tell you far more than their words ever will. This will also give you the ability to observe their behavior more carefully because it will be less filtered by their attempts to charm you. In response to your public acknowledgement of their narcissism, some narcissists will work that much harder to groom you and re-idealize you, thus making you more confused about the nature of their true character.
They will do everything possible to punish you or coerce you into staying — including love-bombing you again to make you remember the good times. As you prepare your exit as quietly as possible preferably with the help of a good lawyer and a safety plan — you have a better chance of departing safely with your sanity and your finances still intact.
Document all incidents of abuse so that you have it on hand should you ever need to go to court, take legal action, or for the purpose of getting a restraining order.
Keep your messages brief and factual, and avoid emotion, whatever you do. Some states also allow you to record phone conversations, so you can record threats from your abuser. Forget any type of petty revenge you may be plotting; malignant narcissists see all of your emotional responses to them whether positive or negative as attention, and they live for that shit. Instead, refocus on yourself and on rebuilding a better life not for the narcissist, but for you.
If you do you choose to grant them access to your emotional responses, rest assured they will use it to bolster themselves and feed off of your energy. As narcissism expert and author Dr. Martinez-Lewi puts it:. Some victims of narcissists describe this process as trying to destroy and annihilate them, taking what is most precious inside away with their cruelties, chronic deceptions, hidden agendas, humiliations, threats and ambushes. And ironically, it is in that state of utter indifference that the narcissist becomes most powerless, because they know they are no longer able to control you.
With a narcissist, the blowup gets worse each time you reconcile. And that blowup is coming. In order to resist this form of crazymaking triangulationremember how the narcissist talked about their ex in the beginning of your relationship, in the early stages of idealizing you.
Narcissistic supply is the form of exchange that a narcissist will accept from those he is in a relationship with to gratify his insatiable needs ; but this supply is not love, because narcissists are rarely capable of receiving love. Shari Stines, Psy. D, Love and the Narcissist. They always repeat the cycle with others. Narcissists project an image of themselves as very charitable and humble human beings in the beginning of every relationship.
Narcissists, on the other hand, use the image of modesty to mask their true haughty interiors. A narcissist who is truly arrogant and contemptuous may hide it well during the first few months of a relationship though there may be tiny tells through their facial expressions, covert put-downs and so on but their belief that they are inherently superior will eventually reveal itself.
Another tactic narcissists bank on when manipulating you involves the art of the pity ploy. Narcissists will try to latch onto your sympathy when they see no other recourse or even as a primary tool to sweep you off of your feet. Seemingly defenseless people are always more appealing to our natural compassion, after all — and so their crocodile tears and pity ploys work — and they work really, really well.
Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Doornotes that an appeal to your sympathy is actually one of the most powerful ways a manipulator with antisocial traits gets away with his or her abusive behavior. As she writes :.
How to starve the narcissist of supply
This will bring you farther away from your idealized notions of their fabricated conscience and that much closer to forging your freedom from the narcissist.
Sign up for the Thought Catalog Weekly and get the best stories from the week to your inbox every Friday.You know the damage they can cause, and you are realising just how deeply they have harmed you.
Enough I hear you say! This piece is going to get you ready to do just that by looking at the two sure fire methods that starve the narc of supply: 1 No Contact, and 2 Grey Rock. First, we will check out what is supply for the narc, so that the method makes sense, and you are ready for any situation they throw at you because you will know precisely why they are doing it, and what they are trying to get from you.
As in all Narc Wise articles, we start out by looking at the cognitive processes to build the context for behaviours.
The markers of NPD cover a range of characteristics including grandiosity, omnipotence, and belief in their exclusive superiority over others. The pathological narcissist leads a life where they have two selves. The false-self, and the real-self. It works like this: if the narcissist can sustain belief that they are indeed better than all others, more powerful etc. Through continuous denial of all that constitutes their real-selves, they stave off their very worst fears.
Nothing is more terrifying for the narc than glimpsing the truth of their real-self. It is at the core of their pathology. Hence their entire existence revolves around ensuring, no matter what it takes, that this does not happen.
Partly because, in a sense, the narc is constantly being chased by the awareness of their real-self coming to the surface.
This means that for the narcissist to survive, they necessitate external corroborating evidence of their specialness, power, superiority etc. And this gorgeous one, is supply. Supply is not limited to positive feedback like praise, adoration, subservience etc. These types of messages are fairly easily understood within the context of their disordered belief system.
Negative supply is typically the product of any action taken to trigger you. Specifically, your emotional reaction. The appeal for the narc in this scenario, is that you are confirming their beliefs around omnipotence a. And this is where your job comes in. With this background in mind, it becomes apparent a what drives their hunger, b what feeds their hunger, and consequently of interest to you right now, c what starves that hunger.
Once you are no longer a tasty treat to the narc by ceasing to hand over positive AND negative supply, you are starving them of supply.
Enter the two methods consistently advocated for in the narcissistic abuse recovery community…. As intended by its title, this is the severing of all contact with the narcissist. It is the complete cessation of communication, both verbal and non-verbal. You are starving them of supply. You can expect that if you are doing this without them having discarded you first, initially the hoovering and baiting efforts will be intense.
Eventually, as with any addict, once they understand you no longer deliver supply on demand, they will begin sourcing it elsewhere. Furthermore, this approach is the ideal way to go because by removing all ties, you give yourself the space and time to begin healing.
As your internal chemistry and cortisol levels return to a more balanced level, the fog of the abuse slowly clears. This supports being able to take full inventory of what has happened to you which fortifies your resolve to never again re-engage with the narc.
Or any other narc. For more on this read How No Contact supports narcissistic abuse recovery.You have seen no greater wrath than a narcissist wound. Make no mistakes; taking on a narcissist is no simple task. Prepare for battle; no, better yet, prepare for full on WAR. Narcissistic supply to a narcissist is like food and water to a typical person. His psyche does not understand healthy human interconnection ; early working models for healthy intimate interaction have been thwarted and damaged.
The only way for this person the young narcissist to cope is through psychic splitting and by developing over-compensatory protective defenses — hence, a state of entitlement, grandiosity, and lack of empathy.
In the place of healthy empathy, guilt, and compassion for others, the narcissist packs away his vulnerability behind a wall of veiled detachment and charm, settling instead for narcissistic supply. Co-narcissists do not see it coming and are ill-prepared for what they are up against. Regular people who love narcissists do not play by the same set of rules as the narcissist.
The co-narcissist has empathy, cares about others, and desires to connect with mutuality. Narcissists only know narcissistic supply. When they enter a relationship, their damaged ego is unwilling to share in the relationship with mutuality.
Of course, this is not apparent at first. They act like you are the best thing that ever happened to them. They sweep you off your feet. If the narcissist is your parent, the same general principles apply. Your worth is only as good to your narc parent as your ability to feed them their need for supply. Children of narcissists idolize their parent and love them, as is natural. The child is completely ill-equipped and emotionally unprepared to cope with this relationship. As a result, the narc child tends to take on the projected shame from their parent, internalizing a deeply embedded sense of inadequacy.
While being in a narcissistic relationship is an emotional roller-coaster at best, when you finally jump off the ride in order to salvage what you can from your destroyed sense of self, you then plunge in to a nightmare. When you set a boundary with a narcissist, there is no end to the retaliation you will face. You will be blamed, ignored, devalued, insulted, slanderized to all your joint friends, and accused of everything you would never want to be accused of.
The narcissist will not ever acknowledge anything good about you, or the good you brought to the relationship, instead, he will become even more committed to making you bad at all levels. He will use your vulnerabilities against you. If the narc is your lover, he or she will attack your sexuality or value as a woman or man. If the narc is your parent, he or she will attack your ability to be a good son or daughter, claiming that after all they did for you, you were an ungrateful, cold-hearted taker.
They take the metaphoric knife, stab it deeply into your biggest emotional vulnerabilities, and twist. For abuse recovery coaching information: www.
Sharie Stines, Psy. Lifeline Counseling is a non-profit organization c 3 corporation. Sharie is also an abusive relationship recovery coach - therecoveryexpert. Find help or get online counseling now. Psych Central Professional. About the Blog. By Sharie Stines, Psy.Why is it important to starve the narcissist? Because whilst you are still feeding the narc with supply through your reactions, you necessarily remain in the cycle of abuse.
Therefore, breaking the cycle of abuse starts with emotionally unhooking. When you starve the narcissist, your journey to freedom begins. Those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder NPDfeed their self-beliefs by hoarding the attention and admiration from those who surround them. This is known as narcissistic supply and is arguably a form of addiction.
This is what narcs live for. Quite literally, everything they do, is to secure supply. Ideally, supply for the narcissist is positive, where adoration confirms views on their entitlement, grandiosity, and superiority to all those around them.
They are also almost equally happy with negative attention. So long as the spotlight is on them, they are being fed, and you my dear, are the feast. To the non-narc, this is befuddling, and one of the hardest things to understand.
How could anyone get a high from making others miserable? Hence, it makes sense that in the absence of worship, being able to command negative attention via emotional reactions is similarly fulfilling as a form of supply. In this way, you are still their focus of attention, and they are proving to themselves that they DO in fact have power over you. Consider just a slice of narcissistic manipulation: gaslighting, triangulation, isolation, devaluation, denial, projection, smear campaigns, control, invalidation, word salads, generalisations, twisting the truth, refusing to take accountability, threats, moving the goal posts, expecting perfection…the list goes on.
Sadly, the more you do react to bait and provide them with supply, the more their hunger grows. This sounds all very much doom and gloom, BUT, it is raising your awareness of what drives their behaviour, and offers insight as to how you begin to reclaim your power. Here are some practical steps you can take to begin short-circuiting the cycle of abuse by refusing to continue feeding the narc.
Be kind and gentle with yourself as you begin to apply these, know that you have been programmed to think and behave solely focusing on meeting the needs of the narc in your life. Unhooking from these patterns will take effort and time, but you CAN take these steps to starve the narcissist and kick-start your recovery journey even while they are still in your life.
These actions will bring you closer to where you want to be: narc free and full of joy. In the first instance, make it your personal mission to become your own expert on NPD and associated manipulation tactics.Posted by Christine Lamb to the Slaughter. Narcissistic Supply really refers to those people who provide a constant source of attention, approval, adoration, admiration, etc. The narcissist perceives themselves as being very independent.
They could not deal with the fact that they need anybody, because needing someone would imply some boundary to their power or imply that they are incomplete. Any deviation from this position on the part of their supply will end in punishment for the transgressor.
So, like the Queen Bee, the narcissist is surrounded with a hive of worker bees, all in service to their needs, which ironically make them totally co-dependent on others for their survival. As with all addictions, there are good and bad sources of supply, and to the narcissist, any source is better than none. However, given a choice, their first choice would be to pursue the finest sources possible.
The best source would depend on how they view the Supply in the first place. If they can get the admiration from a source that they find superior themselves, then that would be even better. So if they admire someone, for whatever reason, for example, their intellect, their knowledge, their wealth, their position, etc.
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Of course, they would only respect those people who they would acknowledge as being on a higher social status than themselves anyway. This may be by way of getting information, skills, knowledge etc.
If they can gleam that which they admire in the other, then they in effect become just like the object of their desire, they are elevated in their own eyes to a higher social status themselves.
In the meantime, they will continue to extract as much admiration for themselves from the relationship as possible; this bolsters their confidence while they model their new status to the world. However, the narcissist knows that this honeymoon period will be short lived, because once they have exhausted the relationship, and they get all that they wanted they will become bored.
Once bored they will be unable to keep up the pretense of being a mutual caring cohort, the false integrated self they presented begins to breakdown, along with their patience to keep up their act of being an ally.
Then, quite abruptly and inexplicably, they decide it is time that it is all over, and a quick as the changing wind, the narcissist becomes cold, uninterested and devious. The narcissist then starts his vicious attack whereby he sets about devaluing his dismissed Supply. Part of the reason for wanting to kill off the individual is because in order to con them into giving them what they wanted, the narcissist it required to reveal some things about himself.
This brings a sense of intimacy which is very unsettling because it makes them feel vulnerable, therefore fearful. After having, what felt like an intimate relationship, naturally the source of supply the victim is utterly confused by the sudden change in behaviour toward them. Being treated in this fashion is a very personal thing to the victim, however, to the narcissist is not that personal at all, for they would have reacted absolutely the same way to any other source because, to him, all sources are transposable.
Now that it has been decided that this particular narcissistic source of supply has reached its end, the narcissist behaviour becomes angry, the exchanges become bizarre, lies and punishing behaviour ensues. Because the narcissist is unable to be truly intimate or have empathy, it would not be long before the other person realizes that something is seriously very wrong with how the relationship is going.
And as in any healthy relationship, the Supply person, believing that they are both good friends, begins to fight for the relationship and so challenge the narcissist as to what is actually happening between them. When this begins to happen, the narcissist feels rebuffed, and unable to handle the rejection and conflict, they become even angrier.