Narcissists have secrets that they hope will remain secret indefinitely. Learning these secrets can help you when you must deal with a narcissist or to sever ties with them.
One of their biggest fears is that they will be forced to be held accountable for their actions. Document EVERYTHING the narcissist says & does to you. Save voicemails, text messages, emails, screen shots, etc. Save these items to cloud storage or email them to yourself & save on the server rather than on your phone & computer to be sure they aren’t accidentally lost. Don’t forget to hide the access information from the narcissist too! This documentation can work to your advantage if you need to go to the police, go to court or get a restraining order. It also can make a narcissist afraid of being exposed, damaging their reputation. Mention discussing their behavior with someone, for example. No doubt the narcissist will immediately tell you what a horrible person that is you’ve been speaking with in an attempt to make you stop speaking to them. This fear of discovery means they may discard you quickly, freeing you of their abuse, so don’t hesitate to drop hints about documenting their behavior.
Acting indifferent to a narcissist is devastating to them. Narcissists love attention, be it good or bad. Showing a narcissist that nothing they do affects you is utterly devastating to them. Narcissists feed off of emotional responses, so by denying them that, they will get bored & leave you alone. If you must deal with a narcissist, show no reaction whatsoever to anything they do. If you have ended the relationship & they’re trying to harass you, never respond. Any response will be their fuel to try to hurt you further, so deprive them of that fuel!
Any attempt from a narcissist to lure you back into the relationship isn’t because they truly love & miss you. Instead, it is so the narcissist can abuse you further, then end the relationship on his or her terms. Narcissists must be in control & you ending the relationship removed their control. This infuriates narcissists! They usually do whatever they can to rekindle the relationship. They try to lure their victims back with false promises of change or they even try scaring them into resuming the relationship. Once the victim is back, the narcissist abuses the victim even worse than before, then discards the victim.
You are nothing more than narcissistic supply to a narcissist. Narcissists don’t see people as human beings. They only see them as tools to be used however the narcissist sees fit. This is why they are able to abuse & throw away people so easily. People mean nothing more to narcissists than a screwdriver or hammer.
When a narcissist tells you someone else is much better than you, what they mean is that person has fallen for their act. This other person hasn’t caught on to what the narcissist really is yet, so they provide good narcissistic supply. In the eyes of a narcissist, that makes this person better than you.
Narcissists will apologize, but it won’t be a sincere apology. Narcissists prefer to control without resorting to apologies, but they will if they think it will get them what they want. There are big problems with narcissistic apologies, however. They never accompany the narcissist accepting responsibility for their behavior & making appropriate changes. As if this doesn’t prove enough that the apology isn’t genuine, their words do that too. They say things like, “I’m sorry you feel that way,” or, “I’m sorry you think I did something wrong.” These fake apologies are meant to pacify a victim by saying, “I’m sorry” while not accepting any responsibility for the bad behavior.
Narcissists will use your empathy against you. Covert narcissists in particular have no problem making you feel sorry for them if it will accomplish their goal. They do this in various ways. One way is apologizing for their actions but offering excuses such as “I was just trying to help!” or, “I didn’t know that would upset you!” Adding such comments onto an apology is meant to make you accept their abusive behavior because their excuse makes it ok. You are supposed to feel ashamed for being upset about their abusive actions, & accept that behavior again.
Keeping these things in mind can help you cope when you must deal with a narcissist.