Why Narcissists Hurt People

By Patrick Banks

Posted 5 months agoGROWTH

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The world is full of narcissists. They’re the people we see all the time our co-workers, neighbors, and even ourselves. Narcissists are dominating people. They can lord over others, but they’ll rarely allow you to take power from them. Narcissists love power, but they don’t like having to share their power. 

Narcissists may have the best intentions, but they hurt people. The nature of narcissism makes hurting others a primary, if not sole, source of satisfaction. This is why narcissists hurt people. Narcissists rationalize their behavior, claiming that they are simply fulfilling their role as parents, lovers, friends, or employees. 

To a narcissist, your existence is less important than your own. Because of this, they cannot be bothered with responsibilities like compassion, empathy, and gratitude. Typically, narcissists lack faith in humanity and believe that others are out to harm them. So, rather than confront a narcissist’s bad behavior, the narcissist simply lashes out.

What are Narcissists?

Narcissism is defined as a personality trait where an individual depends on the approval of others to feel validated. Narcissists are extremely self-absorbed, forgoing empathy and consideration for others. They often overextend themselves to please others, which often leads to feelings of guilt, self-doubt, and depression. Narcissistic vulnerability is a condition that is triggered by narcissistic personality traits.

Narcissists can be cruel, manipulative, and unforgiving. They may appear friendly, but in addition, hide behind their charisma. A narcissist ‘loves’ to be the center of attention, and they will never take no for an answer. However, there are different types of narcissists. Each of them has a different characteristic.

What Is Narcissistic Vulnerability?

Narcissistic vulnerability is the term used to describe how sensitive a narcissist is. The misconception that a narcissist is abusive or coldhearted is actually due to the vulnerability a narcissist displays. It’s almost like a narcissist’s greatest fear is being hurt, which is why they become so sensitive. However, a narcissist’s reactions to others’ behavior may not always be intentional.

What Is Narcissistic Shame?

Narcissistic shame refers to a condition in which people with an untreated narcissistic personality disorder have a distorted view of themselves, believing that they are essentially worthless and a failure. The psychological problem is often combined with an inferiority complex, which the individual then tries to compensate for by overcompensating in other areas. This can lead to high levels of anxiety and feelings of inadequacy. It can lead to an eating disorder or other compulsive behaviors that the individual believes will make them look more valuable than they or they really are.

Here is the Common Behavior of narcissists:

• Narcissists Are Arrogant

Narcissistic people are very confident, often to the point of being arrogant. They believe they know everything and constantly criticize others, often putting others down to make themselves look better. They often believe they have a special talent and are the best at whatever they do. Narcissists have immense confidence and believe they have a special talent. They are highly confident, often to the point of being arrogant. They constantly criticize others, often putting others down to make themselves look better.

• Narcissists Are Very Easy to Offend

The most common characteristic of a narcissist is their need to feel important and will go to great lengths to feel special. They will support a cause that they think gives credence to its importance, or they will lead you astray to a false cause that is worth it to them. They feel entitled to special treatment and will bask in it.

A narcissist is an individual that is constantly seeking to be the center of attention. They go through life putting themselves first, feeling entitled to whatever they want. A narcissist feels they are all-powerful, and anything they do is for the benefit of everyone around them. They rarely show emotion for fear of others feeling inadequate. Narcissists can be manipulative and abusive. They usually surround themselves with people who don’t challenge them and constantly seek attention.

Narcissists have a difficult time communicating with other people. They make up stories, lie, and exaggerate everything. They display manipulative behaviors, significant mood swings, and narcissistic behaviors. However, they can have a good relationship with others, but the narcissist is very hard to love.

• Narcissist and Empathy

Being empathetic is one of the most important skills you can possess. It’s the foundation for all social connections and relationships, and it’s especially important when dealing with other people’s feelings. And it’s especially important when dealing with narcissists because they lack this crucial social skill. 

Empathy is a human relationship skill that many of us take for granted. When we think of empathy, we envision the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes. A lack of empathy is dangerous to us and those we interact with. Empathy is the ability to sense and feel what others are feeling. When we are empathetic, we can read other people’s emotional cues and react to them appropriately. Empathy is a vital skill for building and maintaining healthy relationships. It helps us understand others and helps us to understand what others are feeling.

• Narcissists Are Naturally Rude

Narcissists often go to great lengths to appear confident and competent, but deep down, they believe their greatest strength is their likability. This presents a challenge when interacting with them since they find conflict exhausting and are more likely to avoid conflict at all costs. People are forceful when interacting with a narcissist since they are so insecure and needy. The narcissist may assume the conflict is about them and throw fits when told they behaved rudely.

Narcissists and grandiosity go hand in hand. This relationship is clearly evident in relationships, friendships, and in the media, where celebrities who routinely flaunt their wealth, fame, beauty, and talent are often viewed as “larger than life.” Narcissists are the masters of grandiosity, making themselves the center of attention and convincing those around them that they are special, even when it is not the case.


The narcissistic personality is characterized by a person’s inability to develop and maintain healthy relationships: the inability to experience empathy, compassion, and love for the self. People who lack the capacity for love, compassion, and empathy often put others down to make themselves feel better or stop any emotional discomfort.

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.

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