Shortlist of Narcissist’s’ Favorite Lies
Wondering if that boss, co-worker, or lover is a closet narcissist? You can spot them by their favorite lies. If you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to have had a relationship with a narcissist, whether it be business or personal, you’ve undoubtedly noticed several things:
They seem charming and charismatic at the beginning, but end up being intensely self-absorbed. They appear to be very capable and supremely confident in their abilities, yet turn out to be totally incompetent. They are unrepentant attention-seekers and game-players who can lie as easily as others draw breath. And when they get caught, they will lie and shift blame in such a way that makes the accuser seem like they are the ones with a problem, a form of manipulation known as gaslighting.
Regardless of where you meet them or what position they are in with relation to you, narcissists are dangerous, unremorseful, and only see others as a tool to be used. And they always lie!
They lie about their status
While everyone likes to look good and have nice things, a true narcissist will tell favorite lies and weave elaborate stories to appear to be something that he is not.
Narcissists are egomaniacs with an inferiority complex, and they will always try to look like more than they are. Whether this comes in the form of lying about “all the money that they lost in the Big Crash” or driving a German luxury car that they have financed at 23% interest and can’t afford, to fabricating a military service record that doesn’t exist (distinguished and top-secret, of course,) all narcissists do this to some degree, a practice known as “status-bombing.”
They lie about who they are to get what they want
Narcissists are master manipulators, and they know that people like others who are most like them. So a narcissist will lie to you to make you think that you are in similar, safe company.
This is a practice called covert narcissism, and it usually takes the form of a narcissist having one personality that he or she presents to one group, while another personality gets shown to others. An example of this is a husband who seems like such a loving attentive spouse yet abuses his wife behind closed doors. Or a boss who receives community praise for his good works, yet forces employees to work off the clock, and demands favors in exchange for company advancements.
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