Narcissists are self-centered people who believe that they are superior to others. They tend to manipulate relationships as they have an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Additionally, they have little regard for other people’s feelings. Furthermore, narcissistic individuals need other people’s help to manage their shaky sense of self-importance and self-esteem.
In a nutshell, such personalities use attention to exploit other people. For instance, in the public domain, they use fame, infamy and celebrity to gain attention and to use others. Contrary, in the private domain, they use interpersonal forms such as adoration, adulation, applause, fear and repulsion. Therefore, it is important to understand that attention of any kind, whether positive or negative, constitutes narcissistic supply.
Indeed, narcissists’ achievements can be imaginary, fictitious, or apparent, as long as others believe in them. In brief, to them, appearances count more than substance. For sure, they believe that truth is not as important as it’s perception. Therefore, below we have compiled six different types of narcissists and how they manipulate relationships.
The Know It All
The’ know it all’ narcissists position themselves as the experts at home, work, or in social situations. As such, they will constantly marginalize, correct, and invalidate others’ points of view. For instance, they will regularly interrupt conversations. Notably, they may listen to you briefly and then go right back to what they were talking about as if what you said did not matter. Certainly, for them, you exist merely as a convenient tool for their listening.
The Pedestal Seeker
Second, the pedestal seeker narcissists deliberately select activities where people can regularly shower them with praises or fear them. Indeed, these narcissists crave superiority rather than contributing to the greater good.
The Dominant Controller
The dominant-controller narcissist prefers personal or professional relationships with people whom they can dominate, judge, downgrade or disapprove. Certainly, these narcissists love it when they are in full control or when they can subjugate others.
The Boundary Violator or the Exploiter
The boundary violator or exploiter narcissist frequently uses his/her persuasion skills to pressure people into giving them what they want. Note that, the demands are always one-sided and unreasonable. Moreover, they do not respect other peoples’ boundaries and are very manipulative. Certainly, these narcissists obtain their feel-good sense when others succumb to their exploitative influence since they consider it ego-affirming.
The Grandiose Show-off
Grandiose narcissists always blow their trumpets about how great and wonderful their lives are. Unquestionably, they love attention and praise. Indeed, their main intention is to make others envious of their success to soothe their ego.
The Negativity Seeking Contagion
The negativity seeking contagion narcissist is stubbornly difficult, uncooperative, and hostile. Indeed, they obtain their power from being feared and hated. As such, they always feel good when they are on the wrong side.