Humility requires letting go of the desire for supremacy over other human beings, and the feeling of entitlement to be an authority and have control over other human beings.

Humility requires recognizing that one does not necessarily have a firmer, more accurate intellectual grasp on concepts, knowledge, theory, or planning than other people.

Humility requires letting go of comparing one's self to others, and looking for excuses to find them inferior.

Humility requires healthy boundaries, and has nothing to do with groveling or self-deprecation.

Humility allows one to learn much more than one can when they are trapped in entitlement or arrogance. 


Blaming... everything that happens has to be someone's fault, or something someone did wrong - either "on purpose", or because the blamed person is "incompetent or stupid".

"Blaming" is a form of domination and control, and also a way to deflect accountability.

Most people who habitually blame also target specific people to dump blame on. This has a double-agenda: to get out of admitting to their own mistake, AND to create or reinforce negative judgment and negative image onto a certain person.

~When they can't find their keys, it must be because SUSAN took them. (Even if Susan has never taken anything that belonged to anyone else in her life.)
~If there's no milk, it must be because JOHN drank it all and didn't replace it instantaneously.

John is pretty much always to blame... he's the scapegoat; everyone in the group blames John when anything is amiss, no matter how trivial; or even when NOTHING is amiss.

John left the shovel out the other day, he forgot to put it away when he was finished, so that just proves that John is a lazy, untrustworthy, air-headed loser... Funny though that when anyone else forgets to put the shovel away, it's no big deal... and it's because they were so tired from working... or because they were distracted by something important... or because ... because... but not so for John, there's no "reason" that's valid for him. Something as trivial as leaving the shovel out indicates his ENTIRE CHARACTER as "BAD".
(And then someone in the group will say "But it's not just that.. John is always doing stuff like that.." And apparently, "stuff like that" indicates bad character. Forgetting to put the shovel away, finishing the milk without running immediately out to replace it, such gigantic, terrible things OBVIOUSLY indicate that John is a terrible person... regardless of anything else about him, including his volunteer work at the animal shelter, his job as a caregiver, his helpfulness with the children in the family...etc.

And projecting this kind of damaging JUDGMENT onto him apparently is perfectly innocent...?!?
In traffic, people who blame seem oblivious to their own driving mistakes and habits. They'll blame everyone else on the road for any kind of "problems" that they have, but completely dismiss anything that they're doing wrong.
If someone in front of them is doing the speed limit, and they want to go faster, they'll BLAME the person in front of them for "slowing them down", and may do things like ride the person's bumper (two forms of domination: blame, and bullying.) It doesn't occur to them apparently that there is a reason for the speed limit, for example a residential road, or curves, or a high accident rate, etc. They also seem to believe that because THEY want to break the speed limit, that everyone else should CATER to them, so that driver in front of them is doing something "wrong" by doing the speed limit.

Blamers tend to BREAK RULES in order to feel powerful and "outside the law" or the rules, but they will ENFORCE those laws and rules on OTHER PEOPLE.
So if the person in front of them was breaking the speed limit, they would probably notice, and call them "reckless". THEY'RE not "reckless" when THEY speed, OR when they ride a person's bumper, but OTHER people are when THEY speed.

They're not consistent or objective; they are ALWAYS SUBJECTIVE. They "change the rules" according to what their current agenda is, and according to WHO is involved.

Blamers will place blame for anything and everything, in ANY situation.
They will place JUDGMENT on others for anything and everything.
They continuously scan for excuses to place both judgment and blame on others (especially when they've chosen a person or group to target).
Blamers tend to group people together in order to place blame and judgment on the whole group (poor people, rich people, women, men, blonde haired people, black people, Asians, white people, attractive people, "successful" people, homeless people, all Christians, all Muslims, all Jews, all non-main-religion people, all members of a political party, all doctors, all gov. employees, all teachers, all parents, all teenagers, all elderly people, all French people, all rock musicians, etc. etc.)
From personal interactions, to their business interactions, to community issues, to their place of business, to the medical community, to the government, everything is always SOMEONE'S "FAULT".  And on top of that, that "someone" is NEVER THEMSELVES.

Nothing outside themselves is ever something that just happened, an innocent mistake or overlook, a well-intentioned wrong decision.

They will DEFLECT BLAME about anything and everything, when they actually are "to blame".

Control, avoidance of accountability, and domination.

Strangely, a lot of blamers end up in positions of control and power, both in personal/social groups, and in business.
Most people seem unaware of what the person is really doing, and often respond as if the person is more responsible and knowledgeable than others, but likely the real reason for their response is just fear of being targeted for blame, and also wanting to be on the side of the bully so they can participate in dominating someone else (scapegoating).

Anti-Establishment, Rebellion, Fairness, Justice, RIghts

Hypocrite: A person who "fights for equal rights, justice, and fair treatment"...
but not for those other people...

If you're talking about "RESPECT, EQUALITY, AND FAIRNESS" for people who are your own sex, race, age, or otherwise, but not for the others, and especially not for one certain group of "others",

You Are Full Of Crap.
You just want to be one of the people who are in control and have power over other people.
(Those other people... those "smaller" people... those ones who don't look the same as you, or have the same body parts, or hair...)

Grow up.

When Your Wife, Partner, Friend, Or Child Is A "Bitch"

A red flag of Codependency OR Narcissism is when a person talks about their spouse, partner, friend, family member, or business partner in a deprecating way, as if the person is very hard to live with and deal with, but makes no move to fix anything, or simply end the relationship, or move on and out.

"I can't stand him he's such an a**hole, so sick of his issues."
"That pain in the ass"
"She's a royal b****, she drives me crazy."
"Nag nag nag..."
"Oh it's HIM again, I have to answer this"
"Here we go again, it's HER..."

Or TO the person.
"All you do is yak, yak, yak.."
"Go f. yourself..."
"Did we take our B. pills today?"
"What is it NOW?!"
"You are such a know it all, pain in my ass!"
"We're DONE!"

Those are things that a healthy person MIGHT say about someone they are trying to get away from, right now. Not next week, not six months from now, but RIGHT NOW. If the relationship is that awful, then plans should be already made and moving forward for the person to make a hasty departure.

BUT... people who are Controllers WANT someone they can use for a punching bag. They want someone around who they can complain about, who they can trash to be "COOL", and who they can use to paint themselves a victim. They often want someone around who they can USE as a servant, a decoration, a sex doll, a a surrogate parent for themselves, a parent for "THEIR kids", a paycheck, etc. in a one-sided relationship, or someone who they can play out their past on.

Controllers who have Narcissism especially, will NOT go to counseling, will NOT communicate civilly and caringly with the person and try to repair the relationship, will NOT learn about themselves and their own behavior, will NOT follow through on anything, and will DO NOTHING significant to improve the relationship. They will take NO responsibility, usually, for their own contribution.

If a person acts like they CAN NOT STAND another person, are always MAD at another person, are always ACCUSING the other person, but they do nothing except complain and rage at them, or about them, then they are almost certainly either seriously Codependent or a Narcissist, or BOTH.

NPD or Something Else

It helps us to recognize what's really going on with a person who's displaying behaviors that could be construed as abusive or Narcissistic.
If they are actually "NPD", then we really need to be very careful about interacting with them, how much access they have to us and others in our lives, and our resources. A person with NPD is not at all connected to reality, and has apparently no remorse or guilt about getting their wants met, and their wants could range from getting an ice cream right now, to buying whatever toy they want regardless of who's money they're using, to hiding seriously dangerous, illegal, or damaging behavior. As in, they'll set up a Meth Lab in your basement, where you live with your children.
They'll make sure you get fired to retaliate against something that tweaked their ego, or something you didn't even do. They'll trash anyone at all to High Heaven, just for a desired outcome for themselves, or even just for fun, because they're getting attention. They'll tell your parents, your kids, your friends, family, coworkers, boss, neighbors, anyone who will listen that you're secretly a drug-smuggling child-trafficker, or whatever it takes, in order to turn them against you, and to make you lose your support network, business, and reputation. They'll fight for sole custody of your kids, sue you, and try to make sure you don't get your own money or possessions for no reason other than to "win" against you, hurt you, and control you, literally.

Most people who display Narcissism traits or abusive behavior are not "NPD". There's a large number of things that can cause a person to become hostile or abusive, including legal medication, or self-medicating with any kind of substance. (If a person can ingest it and it's for purposes of causing some kind of effect, it's a drug.) Addiction to our own adrenaline and neurochemicals can also cause all kinds of behaviors. Obviously PTSD can cause hostility and defensiveness. BPD can display as aggressive or manipulative behavior, but it's not NPD, and can be treated very effectively, since it's really an effect of control, neglect, and/or abuse on a child growing up. People with Bipolar disorder may have delusions, and may become very aggressive. Alzheimer's is a big one, and tragic, but if you didn't know a person had it, you might think they were a "raging Narc.". A lot of people mistake Asperger's for Narcissism, for various reasons.

If YOU are worried that you're too judgmental, hostile, aggressive, or self-centered, then you probably don't have NPD (you wouldn't CARE if you did, or notice it). But you may benefit greatly from doing research about your symptoms, and finding a good therapist, doctor, or healer.

Aggressive Or Defensive

People who have aggressive behaviors, especially if they suffer from some form of illness or disorder (can include PTSD) often do NOT seem to know the differences between aggression and defense, or the difference between domination and expressing one's own point of view.
They also don't seem to know the difference between slander and seeking help, advice, or solace. (Whether they're on the talking end or the receiving end.)

The "aggressor" is the one who is "chasing" a person to "make them" give some kind of response, "make them" give attention, or "prove" to them that they're "wrong".

Aggressors also commonly actively try to RECRUIT OTHERS for their "side" against a person.
Aggressors actively do things TO another person, and ABOUT another person, without respect for the person.
Aggressors often try to MAKE other people feel, do, believe, and say what they want them to.

A POST on Facebook expressing one's own feelings, observations, or point of view is PASSIVE and non-hostile, unless it mentions a specific person; then it's aggressive.

A countering COMMENT on someone else's Post is aggressive, not passive. An insulting comment is hostile, not defensive.

Messaging someone with accusations, name-calling, demands, or threats is aggressive, and hostile, not passive.

Going TO another person and trying to get them to DISLIKE and TURN AGAINST someone they know is aggressive, very hostile, and manipulative.

Using a dog for an example, the dog who is walking around out in the street looking to bite a person who's also walking in the street, because they're there, or because of their smell or their shoes, is AGGRESSIVE. The dog is INITIATING contact with the person, the dog is actively going TO THE PERSON in order to bite them.

But if that same dog is in a yard, behind a fence, and a human person comes to the fence and taunts the dog, and reaches over the fence, then that dog is DEFENDING him or herself. The HUMAN in this case is being AGGRESSIVE.
There's no justification for it, the human initiated contact and invaded the dog's space. 

How Abusers Maintain Control Over Another Person

The three main methods Controllers keep control over a target is inducing fear of consequence for non-compliance to their commands and expectation; manipulation/lying; and lying and exaggerating to other people about a target.

People who aren't Controllers DON'T HAVE targets.
They don't trash others or participate in gossip about others.
They don't try to bully, dominate, and control others,
and they don't lie and omit information from the people in their lives who they're pretending to care about and be connected with in order to manipulate people and situations, or in order to make themselves look better. 
(with the exception of when they need to protect themselves or others from abuse).

This IS one of the reasons a Controller will target a specific person, because they don't fear CONSEQUENCES from the person.

They don't fear that the person will hit them back or threaten them back physically.
They don't fear that someone is going to stand up for them, especially when they have already slandered the target in order to convince people that he or she is a "bad person". (Since most modern humans seem to drink up back-stabbing others like good beer, it's easy for them.)
They don't fear that the person will retaliate somehow, because they know the person's VALUES and integrity are intact, and they just aren't going to do it.
They don't fear that the target is going to EXPOSE THEM, because again, they've already convinced people who the target would go to that the TARGET is a "bad person" and not to be trusted.

The overwhelming lack of maturity that plagues the human species is what allows Narcissism to persist. Most people don't stand up for others against even the smallest disrespects, never mind slander or abuse, generally. They are more likely to swallow gossip and slander hook, line, and sinker, quite willingly. And they are more likely to bully than to help a person who's already targeted; they're more likely to deny bully behavior (so they can keep doing it) than monitor their own behavior and motives, and they're more likely to ALLOW a target to be bullied and disrespected, instead of doing anything to stop it or even admit that it's happening.

Humans who don't stand up for others against disrespect, bullying, slander, or abuse are most likely ALSO DOING IT THEMSELVES, to someone else.

Which One Is The Narcissist, Which Is The Target?

So a couple you know seems to be opposites of each other. They might also be a pair of friends, a pair of siblings, or a parent/child pair. One of them is talkative and warm, confident, well-rounded; generous and giving, responsible and knowledgeable. The other one seems shy, introverted, less experience, less knowledgeable, less warm, or even cold, and perhaps sullen or "stuck up".
When they're around, you tend to talk to the outgoing one, but you find yourself "trying to be polite" to the other one. You tend to judge the outgoing one as a "great person", and the other not-so-much.

Do you think you know the whole story?
Did other people tell you that the outgoing one is "wonderful" in so many words, and that the quiet one is "weird", or "burdensome", or something to that effect?
Do people tend to COMPARE them to one another, and make one of them "good" and one of them "bad", one of them a "winner" and one of them a "loser", one of them an "innocent" and the other one "taking advantage", etc?

People we know present different "personalities" on the surface, and that's what we tend to respond to. If they present as "happy" and "warm", we tend to think of them as lively, energetic, attentive, giving, and fun to be around.
If they seem shy, sullen, or more introverted, we tend to think of them as less so, and even self-centered, whiny or "weak".

There is a huge problem, however, with the way we tend to judge others. We really don't look beneath the surface. We respond and judge by the way a person seems to ACT socially, but we don't really pay attention to what they DO, or what they're really saying, or how they TREAT other people.

We also forget about relationship dynamics and social signals.

WHY does a person who is so "warm" and "giving" choose a partner who is apparently cold and shy?
WHY would a child of a person who is "warm" and "giving" seem cold and shy, sullen, or introverted?
What's really going on there?
Is the "cold" one a "Controller"?
Or is it the "warm" one the "Controller"?

There are a couple of ways we can observe what's really going on, and perhaps get a more accurate view of the dynamic, and better understand people we know or that are in our family.

The first thing we need to understand is that a "WARM PERSONALITY" does NOT automatically indicate a genuinely "KIND PERSON" with a "KIND HEART". It MIGHT, but it just as easily might be an act, or just the way the person grew up, adapting the behaviors of those around him or her.
The second thing we need to understand is that a seemingly "COLD" or "SHY PERSONALITY" does NOT automatically indicate that a person is "INTROVERTED", "SELF-CENTERED", or "HAS LOW SELF-ESTEEM".

The third thing is that the way people SEEM TO US does NOT necessarily indicate their "personality", their LIFE, what their real motives and agendas are, or the way they treat those who they're close to.

People have years to learn how to act and behave before they reach adolescence, and years more before they reach adulthood. ("They" meaning "we", all of us.)
So a person with a Narcissistic agenda is MORE LIKELY to learn how to put on a show and come across as a "GREAT PERSON", because they've seen how others respond so favorably to that kind of personality, and they know it will open all kinds of doors.

A person may ALSO adapt "tough" or "cold" behaviors on purpose, in order to elicit a different response from other people, such as the kind of false respect that people give to those they're unsure of, or who they fear for whatever reason.

A narcissistic person may also adapt "logical" or "smart" as a personality presentation, or "funny and endearing", or "cool", or "innocent and vulnerable".

Any of these personality presentations elicit a RESPONSE from others.
A non-Narcissist might really be "warm", "giving", "tough", "sweet", "smart", or "innocent". 
But a person who does have Narcissism will use one of these (or more than one) as a COSTUME, as a MASK, in order to present themselves a certain way so others will respond to them and think of them a certain way.

All that being said, a Narcissist is more likely to come across superficially as CONSISTENTLY a certain way, because it's not really "them", it's a mask they're holding up, a costume they're wearing. Only those who are CLOSE to them get the real person, and get treated accordingly.

So, when we see a couple, or a pair of friends, or a parent/child couple, and we want to know what's really going on with them, we can observe a few things:

1.) Which one do WE tend to talk to out of the pair? Which one do WE seem to automatically connect with, pay attention to, listen to, speak with, and which one do we tend to avoid or ignore, even if they're standing right next to each other?
If one of them really is a "Controller" or "Narcissist", then it's the one we pay attention to. 
It's about subtle social signals that we don't know we're responding to, and also our own desire to associate with "popular" people, and avoid "unpopular" people.

2.) Which one of them talks about themselves? Which one of them makes announcements about what they did, what happened to them, what they're doing, their job, their accomplishments, their kids' accomplishments, their aches, pains, and their latest problems, and what they're doing for others?
And how much does the other person announce or boast about themselves, their lives, their problems, their kids, or their good deeds?
The answer to this one is obvious, but we don't seem to realize that we often buy into the boasting when it's happening, and also buy into our own assumption about a person who doesn't boast not having a "life", not being that smart or capable, or doing much "good".

3.) When they are both present, how are their MANNERS? Which one allows the other to speak? Which one interrupts the other when they speak, on a regular basis? Which one CORRECTS the other in front of others, argues with them, or counters them on a regular basis?
(And how do find yourself reacting when it happens? Do you go along with it, ignore it, participate?)
This is domination behavior, much like when a dog displays domination signals toward another dog. It doesn't mean the one showing dominance is smarter or better, it just means that they like to dominate.
4.) How much does one talk about the other person in a positive way, compared to the way they talk about themselves? Do they refer to the other person as a "WE", INCLUDING the other person with themselves when they talk about accomplishments, adventures, projects, or experiences?
Or do they seem to leave the other person OUT of everything they do?
Do they talk about someone else all the time in a positive way (like another friend or relative), but not the person they're often with?
This is about painting a picture of themselves without the other person in it, so others will remember the "story" with only one main character, THEM. A person with Narcissism might describe their own wedding or the birth of their child as if they were the only ones there, or the only one that experienced any of the events that happened. They might add in a "WE" here and there when they catch themselves or fear getting "caught", but for the most part, they'll talk about most of their experiences, good or bad, as if they are the star of the show, the leader, or the only one there.

5.) Does one of them make subtle negative references to the other? And more importantly, does one of them GO ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE'S NEGATIVE REFERENCES OR TREATMENT TOWARD THE OTHER? When people are obviously polite or warm toward one of them but rude and cold toward the other, what's the reaction?
Narcissistic people delight in this kind of thing. They love it when they're getting the "star" treatment, and the person they're with is being treated rudely by others. This confirms their belief that they're better than the other person. They don't stand up for the person, they don't do anything at all to correct the dynamic (like purposely introducing their partner, or interrupting the rude people to speak directly to their partner, or putting their arm or hand on their partner, child, friend, or sibling to show solidarity. If and when the person who was treated rudely reacts in some way, or says something about it later, a Narcissist will DEFEND THE RUDE PEOPLE, and him/herself. As opposed to a non-narcissist, who would empathize with and defend the person who was treated poorly.)

6.) Do you get the sense, deep down, in the back of your mind, that if you were to treat them both with the SAME RESPECT, that one of them might get offended, be hurt, get jealous, or stop liking you?
Which one of them do you treat with MORE RESPECT, courtesy, and attention because you feel like that's what they want?

7.) Does one of them seems to step in front of the other one, as if they're onstage?

8.) Does one of them seem FATIGUED, and the other seems to be filled with energy or strength?

9.) Does one talk about the other as if they're their PARENT instead of their peer? Does an adult child talk about their parent as if the parent still has authority over them? Does a partner talk about the other as if their control is driving them crazy?
(This can go either way; Narcissists do try to control targets, so that could be what's really going on, but on the other hand, Narcissists will talk about their target as if they're the Controller, in order to create the "story". Literally, all this tells is that there is dysfunction, but not who is "controlling" who. Like # 10, all the other factors would need to be added.)

10.) Does one of them come across as "very attractive", "very knowledgeable", and "very warm", but the other one, to you, seems "less intelligent" or "less confident" overall, "pinched" or "worried"?
This one is not a good indicator either of which is which, it could go either way. Because while a Narcissist who feels like he or she has accomplished being seen as the "better one" will of course be happy, the Narcissist/Controller who feels like the other person is being perceived as the "better one" will be UNHAPPY. So this alone is too superficial. Behaviors, actions, and actual words and speech would be needed to make any kind of observation.

We can make these observations in order to learn more about ourselves, as well.
Narcissism, control, disrespect, neglect, and abuse can't exist in society unless other people are complicit, either knowingly or unknowingly. We humans tend to be very naive when it comes to judging other people, and we tend to use the most superficial information in order to make huge assumptions about others, for good or for ill. That's why Narcissists often get past our "radar".
They know what signals to put out there to make themselves look like a great person, and they know how to push other people's "buttons" to make them look like a not-so-great person.
They also know about other people's general BIASES and PREJUDICES, so they know that it's easier to get you to DISLIKE one person because of the way they look than another.

The best way to protect ourselves and others against Narcissism and Control is to learn more about ourselves, our own tendencies to assume, our own biases and prejudices, and our own tendencies to believe what we want to believe, instead of what's really there.

Other "Smart", "Talented", or "Attractive" People: Narcissists Don't Likey

Healthy people LOVE to meet "kindred spirits", that is people who they have important things IN COMMON with so they can do those things WITH each other, share their common experiences and feelings, help each other with common problems, and just basically enjoy being connected to a person who "gets them".

Narcissists, on the other hand, DO NOT LIKE!

The Narcissist SINGER, for example, has to be the ONLY SINGER, or he has to be the BEST SINGER. Another talented singer is nothing more than a THREAT to this "Crown", he doesn't see them as a "kindred spirit". No matter HOW NICE and HOW HUMBLE the other singer is, they're a threat, just by their very existence. In fact, the NICER the other singer is, the MORE of a threat they are! Because "talent" PLUS "nice person" is even MORE competition!
The SEX of the other singer is not relevant, except for the Narcissist singer's personal BIAS issues, which will make the RAGE STORM either less volatile, or WORSE.

You can replace the word "SINGER" in the previous paragraph with literally ANYTHING that a human can do, and I do mean anything.

Lead Guitar players are widely known for having Narcissism issues, but most people don't seem to realize that Bass players are just as likely to have them as well, as are Back-up Singers, Rhythm guitar players, Keyboard players, Banjo Players, Drummers, Violinists, Floutists, Harmonica players, Trumpet players... Sound Technicians, Stage Managers, Tour Managers, Stage Crew, Pyrotechnic Crew, Road Crew, Club owners, Ushers, Ticket Sales clerks, the cleaning crew, the electricians who wired the Auditorium, Vendors, the architect who designed the Theater, the Contractors and Subcontractors who built the Theater, the bank employees who gave the owner the loan to build it, the landscapers, the phone operators, the FANS from every walk of life, etc..

If you've ever wondered why they're so much DRAMA around you, just think about how Narcissists react when there's someone else who's a "threat" to their ego nearby... and then think about how it's not really possible to do BUSINESS without dealing all the time with people who have talent, skill, knowledge, and physical "attractiveness".

How many times a day does a typical Narcissist feel threatened or insulted, and therefore get an "attitude" or do something mean to someone, and also have to work to cover it up?
And that's only when they're not scheming, that is.

And how many people are dealing with the consequences and fallout from the attitudes, dramas, sabotage, and schemes of those Narcissists, every single day?! In their personal OR business lives?!

The Soap Opera we call "modern global society" makes Dynasty look like a children's show.

The only prerequisite for Narcissism is that a person was born a Homo Sapien.
The JOB they have is incidental. They most likely chose it because they saw it as a way to gain something (status, image, sex, power, money), or it was what they could do at the time, or someone helped them get it... who knows. If they switched jobs with someone on the other side of the world, they would still be Narcissistic, and they would still feel threatened by anyone there who could do something they can do, or knows something they know, or is apparently "attractive".   

Bullies Are Full Of Fear

People with domination/bully issues typically don't stand up against bullies, they don't stand up FOR other people against bullies, and they attack people who they think are NOT likely to smash them back down.
They attack, disrespect, and "blow off" those they believe to be less powerful than themselves either socially, physically, financially, or politically, and ALSO those who they think will NOT retaliate because of values and ethics.
(That's why they usually attack/blow off/disrespect/slander those in their own family, or those they've gotten to know. They have gauged the person to be either unable or UNWILLING to retaliate against them.)

Those they actually FEAR, however, either socially or physically, they will continue to treat with the most courteous "respect and civility", regardless of the person's actions or attitude.

"Bullies" don't know the difference between respect and fear, or that there even IS a difference.
Most bullies think that the only reason a person does not retaliate against them is because of fear; they don't understand "values" or "empathy", so they can't factor them in.

Tragically, their children often miss out on learning the difference as well, because they're learning from the adults in their lives.
If children don't ever come across adults who are willing and able to guide them in ethics, values, and boundaries, their chances of ever learning are next to nil.

Gossip, Slander, Attention Whores

Whether a negative story about another person is true or not, it's slander if it's used as an excuse to treat the person poorly, and as a way to destroy their reputation in a family, a community, or a business. People who gossip and slander DON'T CARE if something is true or not, and they certainly don't "check their facts". People who trash others behind their backs and who spread rumors are after one thing: ATTENTION. Those who go around calling another a 'drama queen' are the real thing."

Image, Status, Acceptance, and Sexism

Narcissism, Sexism, and Racism go hand in hand because they have the same source:
This is just another IMAGE and STATUS issue.

The boy who used to be your best friend for years stopped hanging out with you... and started hanging out with people you didn't really know, and who didn't include you or act polite toward you.
Ever wonder WHY?
Did you have a serious "falling out", where you did something terrible to him? Or did he just kind of spend less time with you, and more and more time without you, with other people?
Did he act like you were the one who did something "wrong", but offered no valid explanation?

People with Ego and Narcissism issues do this all the time to people they've been friends with for years, family members they used to be close to, and also coworkers, club members, anywhere there are other people.

They suddenly "CHANGE", because their real goal and desire is to be SEEN AS A MEMBER OF A GROUP WITH "POWER", or "POPULARITY", or "ACCEPTANCE".
They will simply DISCARD, shun, "blow off", even slander or ostracize their former "best friend", partner, or family member because that person doesn't FIT IN WITH THIS GROUP.

The person is not the RIGHT SEX or the RIGHT RACE, or even the RIGHT HEIGHT or WEIGHT, or FINANCIAL STANDING.
Or whatever else the group is "all about".

ADDITIONALLY, a "best friend", partner, or family member will be "discarded" and excluded because someone in the GROUP is JEALOUS or ENVIOUS of them, and won't allow their inclusion. So the person trying to be accepted by them "cuts them loose" like extra weight, or TURNS ON THEM like they're suddenly a burdensome growth...

If this has happened to you (and it has happened at some point to MOST OF US, when we didn't know we were "close" to a Narcissist), then consider being "cut loose" a GAIN for yourself.
You didn't know you were being apparently used as someone's SIDEKICK, TARGET, or SPACE FILLER, or STEP STOOL, but now you do, and you are NO LONGER.
Thank the stars, thank the Lord.

Above OR Below: Narcissistic Perception

A person who has Narcissism issues thinks in "black and white" terms; everything is ONE THING OR THE OTHER. So their interaction with other people reflects this: To a Narcissist, other people are not variable, changing, growing, autonomous beings who are capable of all kinds of things, no matter who or what they are.

To a Narcissist, people are EITHER:
"higher status" or "lower status".
"Good" or "Bad".
"Weak" or "Strong".
"Correct" or "Incorrect".
"Capable" or "Incapable".
"Smart" or "Stupid".
"Fun" or "Boring".
"Responsible" or "Irresponsible".
"Right" or "Wrong".
"Knowledgeable" or "Ignorant".
"Good" or "Evil".
"Nice" or "Mean".
"Genius" or "Not genius".
"One of us" or "One of them".
"Innocent" or "Dishonest".
"Attractive" or "Unattractive".
"Worthy" or "Unworthy".
"Good" or "Trash".
"Leader" or "Follower".
"Down to earth" or "Stuck up".
"Talented" or "Untalented".
"Above them" or "Below them".

Domination or Submission:
If  a person with Narcissism does not feel like he or she is successfully DOMINATING another person (superior to them, leading them, controlling them), he or she sees that person as TRYING TO DOMINATE and CONTROL THEM.
They are either THE LEADER, or they are THE FOLLOWER, in their minds; cooperation, peer connection, harmony, synchronicity, and kindred spirit is not something they easily understand.
So if a person STANDS UP to their domination, control, and disrespectful behaviors, they will perceive the person as TRYING TO CONTROL, DOMINATE, OR HUMILIATE THEM.

They can't seem to comprehend the difference between a person standing up for themselves against domination and disrespect, and a person trying to assert control over them.

A Narcissist will ONLY "cooperate" as an equal "peer" with a person whom they actually see as "ABOVE" themselves. 

This can also be seen in other illnesses and disorders.
Most children NATURALLY go through this as a normal developmental stage. Children who did not receive enough guidance for various reasons risk getting "stuck" in this way of perceiving themselves and the world.

Narcissist Injury: Humiliation

When a TARGET of a Narcissist does not ALLOW the N. to project inferiority onto them, (treat them like they're less experienced, less intelligent, weaker, less cool, less responsible, less skilled, less deserving of respect), a Narcissist will become ANGRY and INSULTED. This is "Narcissistic Injury", because it's an "insult" to the ego and image the N. is trying create of themselves.

The closest universal thing to Narcissist Injury that most of us may relate with is the time during adolescence when we're trying to build our identities separate from our parents, and our parents treat us like little children in front of our peers. They're ruining our "image" and squishing the perfectly normal, very delicate ego of the adolescent human. They're treating us like the "little kid" version of ourselves, when we want to FEEL LIKE and BE SEEN AS "Grown Up" or "Independent". Narcissists want to be SEEN AS and FEEL LIKE they're a SUPERIOR BEING, so when a person does not allow their disrespectful treatment implying inferiority, the Narcissist feels HUMILIATED, frustrated, blocked, sabotaged, challenged, controlled, and enraged.   

Your Partner's Affair With Money

Post by Red Light Runners Anonymous.

"If you have a partner who is having an affair with money, then you will never be good enough. You will always be in the way. You will never measure up. You will always come second (if you're lucky that is) and certainly never first. Your life will be one big long swim against a relentless and pushing tide. The relationship your partner has with money is the one that has his/her attention, it's the one that catches his/her eye. Eventually s/he will resent you for being in the way, and for getting in between of what s/he really wants. Money. Trying to win the affections of your partner away from their affair with money is like fighting a demon without a face. It's impossible."

Finding Freedom: What Really Happened?

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Narcissists With Children

Children suffer the most from exposure to Narcissism.

This statement is likely to trigger defensiveness, denial, or even rage in a person who has Narcissism, because it would cause "Narcissistic injury". Those who have Narcissism can't stand to be exposed for not being "perfect", and especially for not being superior to someone else. Raising, teaching, and influencing children is one of the big image-makers and judgment-markers in our modern society, and therefore can be VERY important to any Narcissist who is using that as a building block for their image and ego.
In other words, whether they're ACTUALLY neglectful or abusive or not is MUCH LESS IMPORTANT to them than being SEEN AS a person who is neglectful/abusive or not.
Their reaction to even the random suggestion that they could be doing something abusive or neglectful toward children would NOT BE "Oh maybe I should take a look at what I'm doing, maybe I should seek some information or advice". Their reaction is more likely to be "That's a bunch of crap! I'm GREAT with kids! I'm a WONDERFUL teacher/parent/coach/counselor/relative! ..." with zero reflection about it.

Defensiveness only, deflection only, humiliation only, anger/rage only.

No wondering about whether they're making mistakes, that they could be doing something better, that they could LEARN something that they don't already know about themselves and their own actions, NO WORRY or CARE about the well-being of the children they're influencing, except for, MAYBE, one of their "favorites".
(Narcissists ALWAYS have "favorite children" and "scapegoated children" when they're around kids, the way other people have favorite foods, and food they don't like).

It is COMMON for a Narcissistic stepparent to try to drive a wedge between a child and the parent.
It is also COMMON for a Narcissistic parent to try to drive a wedge between a child and the other parent's partner.

A Narcissistic parent or stepparent will often even try to drive a wedge between the child and ANY adult or child who the child is connected to in some way.
Especially whom the child responds favorably to, and especially if the adult is a positive influence on the child (and not also a Narcissist), and ESPECIALLY if the Narcissistic parent or stepparent ENVIES the person for any reason, or FEARS that the person will expose the N's agenda or behavior.

It is also COMMON for a Narcissistic stepparent (or parent) to REJECT a child, literally, even try to get the child out of their living space and family, because the child does not PLEASE THEM, because the child's behavior is "difficult", because the child is physically or mentally handicapped in some way, or because the child has been abused or traumatized.

("Stepparent" can also be applied to non-married partners.)

Narcissistic teachers, coaches, counselors, caregivers, relatives, and others who live and work around children will do this as well.
It's about envy, jealousy, control, image, aggression and dominance issues, and self-preservation.

A Narcissistic stepparent, or parent, (or other child-caregiver/worker) will jump to "Disciplining" a child to "remedy" any situation, BEFORE they'll do something else, like normal guidance, spending TIME with a child, doing activities with a child, talking and listening, finding more activities for a child to be involved in, etc.

They will try to "discipline" a child who is "acting out" or seems depressed, INSTEAD OF seeking counseling or changing what they're doing.

They will BLAME A CHILD for all of the child's moods and behaviors that don't please them.

They will BLAME A CHILD for all moods and behaviors EVEN WHEN THEY ARE FULLY AWARE that the child has been through TRAUMA and/or ABUSE.

When they can't "MAKE" a child behave in a way that PLEASES THEM, they will REJECT the child, and then either neglect, abuse (verbally, emotionally, or physically), abandon, slander, or ostracize the child. 

Narcissist adults will REJECT A CHILD who doesn't make them feel pleasant feelings.
They will REJECT A CHILD who is of a RACE or SEX they're biased against, even in their own family.
They will REJECT A CHILD whom they ENVY for any reason
(adults who have 'NPD' can envy anyone, even animals, even prisoners, even slaves, even victims of crime like rape and assault, even people who are seriously ill or injured).

Since people with Narcissism don't have the ability to empathize, or comprehend "cause and effect", or see others as "real" and "valid", they can't understand that children are not the same as adults, and that they are LEARNING "How To Be" in the world, and that they ALL need solid, fair, predictable, empathetic and nurturing guidance and mentoring from the adults around them, WITHOUT bias and prejudice.
It's just not something they can grasp intellectually or otherwise.

Narcissists seem to be fully aware of how painful and life-changing traumatic events can be when something happens to THEM, and how others "should be there for them" and "should be understanding". But when something happens to someone ELSE, even a child, they seem to have no ability to apply any of that in any REAL way to the other person. Worse, Narcissists can either be a direct perpetrator of trauma toward a child, or will ALLOW someone else to bully, abuse, or neglect a child who's supposed to be in their care.


Matching "Vibes" And Emotional Reactions

One of the symptoms that can be seen in both Codependency and "BPD" is looking for others to match one's own emotions about various things.
If Narcissism is present also, then those who don't "match" one's own emotions about something are considered wrong, bad, crazy, and stupid.

For example I've seen the film Titanic, and so have a lot of people. Each person's emotional reaction to the story and the film is unique, and the level of each person's emotional reactions are also unique.
But if I have boundary issues, I might watch for whether other people's emotional reactions MATCH my own.
I might not LIKE a person based on their emotional reaction toward the film; I might judge a person as "Crazy" if their reaction was stronger than mine, or judge them as "Cold" or "Bad" if their emotional reaction was not as strong as mine, or different than mine. I may only "LIKE" people who's emotions about the film were the same as mine.

This could be seen as part of a natural process of relating with others, but the extreme judging of others and specific matching indicates boundary issues.

Teens and young adults often do this with musical genres, sports, and games, and other things as well.
Whoever matches their emotional reactions and feelings toward certain music, toward sports, or certain games is "okay", but those who don't are not accepted in their group.
The less healthy the youth's boundaries are, the more specific the match needs to be for them to accept another youth.
It often shows up as bias toward members of their own sex and bias against the opposite sex. 

When this keeps up in adulthood, there's likely some kind of disorder or illness going on with the person, which could be from trauma.

Right, Wrong, Or True?

If I don't agree with you about something that can not be proven scientifically, it just means that we're probably looking at the same thing from different sides.
What we do next is a choice and an action.
Do I tell you that you're "wrong", even though there's no way to show or prove it?
Do you tell me that I'm "wrong", even though you can't prove it?

If the focus and goal for BOTH of us is really about the object, idea, or concept we're both looking at, then who's "right" and who's "wrong" would not be important at all. 

But if one of us was more focused on dominating the other person, then of course someone being "right" or "wrong" would be the primary focus.

When people are in discussion, the focus is either on the people who are in the discussion, or the focus is on the topic itself. There are specific reasons for each.

When information and exploration is the REAL focus, then there is no arguing, condescension or ego, there is only sharing what one has observed and figured out from one's own point of view, and adding that with what others have observed from their own points of view. Like adding together small pieces of a larger puzzle.

Argument, countering, insult, condescension, and hostility means someone is having an emotional reaction, is emotionally invested, and wants to be "right" or wants another person to be "wrong".

If every person can only see one color in a spectrum, then the only way to find out what a spectrum looks like is for everyone to tell what they see, and for everyone to listen. There are no right or wrong colors in a rainbow. 
Logical Fallacies: Ad Hominem

Preventing Being A Target

There is no way to prevent future Narcissists from seeking out targets and ending up in their "sites". They exist, they're out there. They're often the very people who knocked on the door and pretended to be a friend, or the people who had volunteered to help or care for us.

But what we CAN do is heal ourselves, and stop beating ourselves up for missing the flags.

One of the things that we can watch for is THEM approaching US. When is the last time you were the one who initiated first, or further contact, friendship, relationship, or business with a person who turned out to be abusive, manipulative, slanderous, traitorous, or a con artist?

Be Careful Of Narcissists Using Their Own Label To Accuse Or Slander

It's not uncommon for a person who has Narcissism themselves to put the "Narcissist" label on another person and "condemn" them for it. The label of "Narcissism" can be used as a weapon just like any other label that people use to hurt, reject, or slander another person.
Non-narcissists don't seek to reject or destroy others, and most non-narcissists tend to look not for reasons to judge others negatively so they have an excuse to discard or crush them, but for reasons to judge others positively and excuse their human "flaws".

Narcissists, however, do that all the time: seek out reasons to reject or hate another person.
They'll even BAIT another person to get them to reveal things about themselves and their lives so that they can judge them negatively for it, use what they say as "evidence" and ammunition against them.

They're addicted to feeling superior, self-righteous, innocent, and either being The Hero or The Victim (the Knight or the Damsel, the dragon-slayer or the fearful peasant, the Savior or the one who needs to be saved; it's about the starring role in the 'story'.)

Having human "flaws", making mistakes, expressing emotions, displaying confidence, doing what one is passionate about or is good at, and not being socially perfect is not being a "Narcissist", and if it is, then every human alive or dead needs to line up and get stamped with a big red "N".

Beware Of Anti-Animal-People

Beware of humans who don't "get" love, companionship, and respect for animals.
It's not necessarily a Narc-flag, and there are people who are full-blown Narcissists who are "animal people".
But it's something to be aware of. They may lack empathy.

They may also be trying to prove their dominance and superiority to other humans by displaying "indifference" toward animals.

Also, people who don't "get" kids.

Those who have contempt for children or animals should be flagged.

Those who show bias for GIRL children over boys,
or BOY children over girls, or who show RACIAL bias toward children also warrant close attention and caution.

Willful Blindness

A key trait of Narcissism is willful blindness to one's own contribution to a negative situation.

Self-reflection and admission of one's own flaws in either action or character is too painful, too humiliating, or too terrifying for a person with Narcissism, whether they actually have the "disorder" or they're stuck there for self-preservation.

Hating a person who they've had some conflict with, who they envy, or who they've hurt or betrayed; trying to dump all blame on another person; trying to make another person submit to their control with intimidation, threats, meanness, or humiliation; hating a person who disagrees with them or doesn't give them something they want; excluding, disrespecting, and denying a person, and expecting them to accept the treatment because of their apparent "inferiority"; hating a person because they stood up for themselves or for someone else; having no interest in the well-being of the other person; wanting to see another feel pain or be crushed; trying to hurt or destroy another person's social or business reputation; and trying to inflict pain, suffering, and problems upon another person are all symptoms of Narcissism.

Fatal Error

Relationships And Harmonizing Frequencies

Regarding kindred spirits, parent/child relationships, and romantic partner relationships, a person who is trying to have a relationship with a person with Narcissism can be trying to do something that's not possible, because of the way relationships work.
If you're an artist, and you meet someone who's also an artist, the most obvious thing about your meeting is that you have ART in common. So in a simplified way, that would make you "kindred spirits". You're both artists, you both enjoy making art, you both "get" art, and you both "get" making art.
You are have matching "frequencies"; your vibrations align with one another, so like two notes played on a piano, you'll match tones, or make harmony.
But... if ONE of you is an artist because of an additional reason, such as ego, elitism, being seen as "unique and special" and/or being "number one", then your frequencies WILL NOT align, and you will not be "kindred spirits". You're not making art for he same reasons, and you're not on the same page.

If you are trying to "match frequencies" with someone who is an artist, but their agenda is not just "making art" but being the "Number One Artist", that means they don't want to make art alongside of you, next to you, or with you; their agenda is about being BETTER than you. Competing against you. Beating you. "Winning" against you.
So if you try to match frequencies with someone who is trying to be "Number One", then YOUR agenda would have to match THAT, "trying to be Number One". Which means you can't actually be a kindred-spirit-artist with them, you can only be kindred spirits in COMPETING and trying to "WIN", trying to beat the other one.

Examples of this in the arts are more easily seen because of the nature of the arts-world having "spotlights" everywhere. But it's found anywhere there are humans, and humans with Narcissism.

It's natural and normal for a child to match frequencies with their parent, to be "like Dad" or be "like Mom".

So, what happens when "being like Dad" means being the only person in the house who's capable of driving a car properly?
A child who tries to be like that Dad will try to match that frequency, "I am the only person in the house who's capable of driving a car properly", which puts them at DIRECT ODDS with their father. So now there are TWO people in the house who are competing for the spot of "I am the only person who drives right".
If the Dad's frequency was "I'm a good driver", then that would be something the child could match. They could both feel like they're "good drivers" together.
But if it's "I'm the ONLY good driver", then it's not possible for someone to be a kindred spirit and match that frequency WITH him. They can't BOTH be the "ONLY good driver" in the house. It's automatic competition, and not the healthy kind.
The Dad is setting the child up.
In order to feel "matched" to Dad, which is normal, the child would have to AGREE with the agenda. The child would have to ADAPT the belief that Dad is the "ONLY capable driver" in the house.
That means that the child CAN NOT ALSO believe that Mom is a capable driver, nor that older Brother is a capable driver, nor that older Sister is a capable driver. When the child learns how to drive, in order to stay "matched" to Dad, the child has to believe that he or she ALSO CAN NOT be as capable as Dad at driving.

What happens to the child who is the opposite sex of a parent who's agenda includes being superior because of their sex?
How does that child MATCH the frequency of their parent, "be like them", without developing self-loathing, and developing bias AGAINST the child's own gender?
So Douglas loves his Mom, and wants to be a good, responsible person who is good at her job of being a Pediatrician. Douglas is proud of his Mom and wants to be like her. However, his Mom feels that she is a good Pediatrician because she's female. She feels that she's responsible and nice because she's female, and that males are not naturally good at any of that. So, what happens to Douglas when he keeps trying to match his frequencies to his Mom's, and learn from her, and "be like her"?
In order for him to MATCH with her, he would have to adapt her beliefs about males being naturally less capable, or incapable, of being all the things that SHE IS. So Douglas would have to AGREE that males, like himself, are inferior to females, in order to match with his own Mom.

Gloria's Dad is a horse trainer, and is a kind, upstanding, strong person who everyone seems to respect. Gloria wants to be just like her Dad. However, Gloria's Dad attributes all of his abilities and "good person" traits to being a MAN. So, like Douglas, she tries to match her frequency with her Dad, and be "just like him", but he consistently shuts her out, shuts her down, and humiliates her with bias and rejection. Kind, upstanding, and strong? Not so much... unfortunately for Gloria. Her Dad is not "all that", but she finds out the hard way, by being rejected and scorned by him when she tries to bond with him and learn from him, because of his ego-identity issues.

To take this another step, this is ALSO seen all the time with parents who are biased toward one sex or the other, REGARDLESS of their own sex. So a Mom can be biased toward males, and a Dad can be biased toward females. So in order for their male or female children to match their parents' frequencies, the kids would need to adapt their parent's biases. Those biases would be either FOR or AGAINST themselves, AND their siblings, AND one of their parents, AND every other human being in their life.

This happens all the time in "romantic partnerships" where one person is trying to be a kindred spirit with the other, and match their frequency, but the other person didn't really have that frequency in the first place.
For example, Peggy and John have software programming in common. So John thinks it's so cool to have met someone who understands what he does, and "gets" his point of view and way of thinking. He thinks he's met a kindred spirit; they even program all the same languages. But Peggy's point of view is not the same as John's; she does enjoy programming, but her main agenda is believing herself to be smarter than other people; programming is just one of the things she uses to "prove" that.
John keeps trying to share thoughts, observations, and jokes about programming with Peggy. But time after time, he feels shut down and shut out, because Peggy's reactions to his sharing attempts are often curt, condescending, and even angry.
She is NOT interested in "sharing" being a programmer WITH John, she's interested in being SUPERIOR to John, and to other people. That's her agenda, not a "passion" for programming. She's good at it, so John mistook her skill for passion.

The truth is, John and Peggy have very little in common. They're both skilled at programming, and they both like Kentucky Fried Chicken and Starbuck's coffee, but there's not much more; their "frequencies" don't match, and CAN'T match, because Peggy's agenda is about being "better than" other people.

If you hit a piano key and make an "A" ring out, and then a "C" with it, they sound like a chord, which sounds like harmony, because their frequencies resonate with one another. If you hit two "A" keys, they resonate with one another as the same note, although one is a higher frequency and one is lower. But if you hit an "A", "B flat", and a "B" at once, it doesn't sound nice, it sounds "off", and dissonant. It doesn't match, it doesn't resonate, it doesn't harmonize.
~Also, if you hit an "A", which piano key could you hit to make a "superior" note? If someone is trying to make another note be "superior" to the "A", it's a futile attempt, there are no "superior" or "inferior" notes. They're all valid and real, as one to another. A person who is trying to make one note "superior" to another is probably trying to play one LOUDER than the other, and drown the other out. Which is just "louder", not "superior".

If we take John and Peggy and turn them into a pair of musicians instead of programmers, or a pair of Chefs, a pair of animal rescuers, a pair of magicians, a pair of PARENTS, where one is into the activity itself and has a passion for it, but the other one is using the activity as a way to paint their image and/or be 'superior' to others, it becomes evident why FRICTION and dissonance happens when it looks like there should be flow, cooperation, and harmony.

This also happens when two people come together but have different agendas about the relationship itself. For example Scott and Susan meet at a friend's party. Susan finds Scott funny and interesting, and intelligent. She's excited that she has found someone with the same dry wit and lively sense of humor, and who also loves similar music, the outdoors, and animals. She thinks she's found a kindred spirit. She and Scott "hit it off", and start dating.
What Susan doesn't know is that Scott's attraction toward her has nothing to do with her sense of humor, her musical taste, her love for animals and the outdoors. Scott's attraction is simply physical, and he also thinks that Susan will make him seem more important if she's his girlfriend.
Susan does not know that Scott only likes the same music she does because he thinks it's "GUY" music, not because he "gets it" on a deeper level.
She doesn't know that he plays an instrument because he thinks it makes him "cool", not because he has a passion for music.
Susan also doesn't know that Scott exaggerates his "love" for animals because he knows it makes him sound caring.

Susan is dating Scott because she thinks she has found a kindred spirit.
Scott is dating Susan because he wants to have sex with her, and he wants to be seen with her, and because he thinks that if he's in a relationship with a female, he gets to be the "boss". He doesn't care at all about Susan's humor, preferences, passions, abilities, or goals, and he never did; he wasn't looking for a "peer", a "friend", or a "kindred spirit". What he cares about is that she'll keep giving him what he's trying to get from her. 

They aren't kindred spirits at all. But Susan won't know that until she finds out the hard way, after spending more time with Scott.  When Susan expresses the way she sees something, her point of view, Scott gets annoyed or dismissive, which confuses Susan because she thought they were "on the same page", since Scott was acting like they were.
When Susan tries to find out what's going on by asking questions, Scott becomes defensive and tries to "shut her down".
When Susan suggest that they might need to find better ways to communicate and be a "couple", Scott gets annoyed, angry, and cold, because he doesn't WANT to be that kind of couple, he never did. He just wants a human of the opposite sex who will fill the expectations, wants, and desires he has.

(Further, Scott thinks that what he wants is "simple", and that since he doesn't physically assault Susan, he's doing nothing "wrong".) 

Scott and Susan have very little in common, and therefore Susan will not find a "matching frequency" with Scott.
Susan changes HER OWN frequencies to match Scott's frequencies.
Such as... adapting Scott's belief in his superiority and entitlement over Susan.
But then, Susan will have changed who she is as a person, and Scott will probably reject her for that.

Kindred Spirits, Matching Frequencies, Creating Resonance and Harmony are part of the natural world, and are what creates and builds connections. We don't need to be a clone of another person to resonate and harmonize, and it's good to learn from others who have different points of view than ourselves.
But when certain key things are fundamentally different, and automatically create competition about WHO is "more valuable", and create rejection, then we don't get RESONANCE, we get dissonance.

Name Dropping

Since they think they already know a lot of information about other people that they know, meet, or see, Narcissists will often accuse another person of lying, making things up, and exaggerating or embellishing when a person says/does something that doesn't line up with the N's assumptions about them.
Whether it's something about the person's past experiences, something having to do with their skill set, their knowledge or ability, achievements, or other people they're connected to in some way, a Narcissist will assume they're "making it up" if what they're saying does not line up with the N's assumptions about them.
(The Narcissist can't be wrong, and already has a picture of the person painted in their minds, so anything that doesn't line up with THEIR picture of the person must be wrong or untrue.).

If someone else (especially a target) were to tell a Narcissist something that another person has done or said, the Narcissist will ONLY BELIEVE THEM if whatever they say lines up with what they already believe to be true.
For example if a Narcissist thinks Carl is a "good person", then if someone complains about Carl being mean to them, or doing something unfair or shady, the N. won't believe it, and will argue that it isn't true. Their defense of Carl isn't really about Carl, it's about their own picture of Carl needing to be RIGHT.
On the other hand, if they think Carl is a "lazy" or "stupid person", then when someone tells them about Carl's achievements, accomplishments, and success, they will be dismissive and negative about it, or act utterly shocked, or refuse to believe that it's true. Again, it's not about CARL, it's about the N. needing to be RIGHT, and needing the picture they have painted of Carl to stay the same. Carl has to either be one of the good people that they're associated with, or Carl has to be some kind of 'loser' that they can compare themselves to and feel superior to.

"Name dropping", for example, falls in this category.
While a person with Narcissism will "name-drop" in order to make themselves sound associated with another certain person and make themselves seem more important, they will assume that someone else (especially a target) is making things up or embellishing ("name-dropping") if they mention a connection with a person who's famous, wealthy, or in authority.
For example when Jay, who has Narcissism, tells about his job in California, he will keep mentioning famous people he worked with, worked for, or happened to cross paths with, and he'll say their names like he's close friends with them. He's "name-dropping", not just relating his experiences, because he's trying to create the impression that he's "in with" those famous people, and that the person he's talking to is NOT, and that makes him more important (in his mind).
However when Sally is talking about her job, she also mentions famous people, because they were part of the experience she's telling about. She's relating what actually happened, but she's not mentioning their names in order to make herself sound more important. She might be excited about working with them, or she might have found some of them difficult, but that's part of her experience she's telling about.
~ JAY assumes that "name-dropping" is what she's doing,  because that's what HE does.

Sonya and Rachel both have relatives who are famous and "powerful". But the way they mention those relatives are quite different.

Sonya seems to find a way to "drop" their names into conversation in a subtle way, and she does it often, so that most people who know her also know about her relatives, and remember WHO they are and what the relationship is.
She'll say something like "oh I'm so tired..." then the other person will say "how come?" she'll answer with "oh, well I just got back from helping my cousin Oprah help her clean out her closet." then, of course, the other person will say "Your cousin Oprah? THE Oprah?" and then Sonya will say "yeah, that's the one... she needed my help to figure out how to arrange her shoes, I'm always going over there to help her... she can be so sweet, but she's such an airhead sometimes..."

Subtle... "I was doing this mundane, annoying thing... and oh yeah I happened to be doing that with my famous, important relative...oh what a bother that was... she's always bugging me..." or "Oh yeah, we all went to the park and had a great time... when my (famous/powerful relative) ate a tuna sandwich, he didn't really like it, so he said '(yah yah yah)'..." She talks about the famous relative not liking the tuna sandwich, but she doesn't mention her Aunt who's not famous slipping in the mud and fracturing her wrist, or her younger sister's new puppy, or her cousin's announcement about his engagement, or even her daughter getting chased by a roaming, apparently vicious dog.

Name-dropping is when a person "SLIPS IN" other people's names while relating random stories and experiences, for the purpose of making an association between themselves and the "important" person. It seems to work pretty well on a lot of people; it's one of the tools in many Narcissist's toolbox.

Rachel's famous or "powerful" friends and relatives come up in conversation when it's actually relevant, just like any non-famous person would. Also, if the subject IS about them, specifically, or about having famous relatives.
For example, Rachel might say "I'm so tired", and the other person might say "how come?" and she would reply "I was just doing a lot this week, and I helped my Uncle clean out his closet."
For Sonya, saying "I'm so tired" was BAIT to get the other person to ask "How come?" so she could say "my cousin Oprah". But Rachel was just stating that she was tired. If the friend does not ask any more questions about cleaning out her Uncle's closet, it probably won't occur to Rachel to tell the person WHO her Uncle is. OR, Rachel might tell the person who her Uncle is, because she might feel like it's inappropriate NOT TO, if the person is a friend. (Imagine finding out after a couple of months or years that a friend of yours was Frank Sinatra's niece, or Barack Obama's first cousin, but she never mentioned it to you. It can feel like she was withholding the information on purpose from you, and can seem cliquey and elitist, or just weird.)

Since Narcissists use "name dropping" as a tool for tweaking their image, they tend to project that onto others. So when another person mentions working with someone famous or "powerful", meeting them, running into them, being friends with, or being related to someone famous or "powerful", a Narcissist will often immediately assume that's what they're doing.
That's the reason THEY would mention association with a famous/powerful person, so that's what they project onto the other person, automatically.

"Megan is always talking about her brother, that famous actor... she thinks she's so great..."
It doesn't occur to them that Megan would "always talk about her brother" if he was digging ditches or sweeping stables, because he's her BROTHER, and they're close; she's always talked about him a lot. But whenever she mentions his name, the listener doesn't think "Megan's brother".. the listener thinks "That Famous Actor", and feels envious and jealous, and also intimidated. So the listener projects those feelings onto Megan, as if she's the cause of those feelings.

Appearances, Body Parts And Narcissism

Fixation and focus on the physical world, including the human body, is common in those who display Narcissism traits.

Focus and attention on the "physical", as it appears to them, and as it appears in the current moment, with little or no understanding that there is any more to something or someone than what they can perceive right here and now with their five senses (especially vision).

This can also be seen in other forms of illness, "disorder", and in some who are immature either because of actual chronological age, or for reasons of a developmental delay.

Those who have Narcissism tend to be fixed on physical things in the world, other people, and themselves. The physical body and appearance of another person, and what they look like right now, in the present moment, is where their attention and focus is, and that takes up MOST or ALL of their attention and mental processing.

The physical world takes up most (or all) of their attention, so there is very little intellectual processing regarding things they can't literally SEE, or hear, smell, taste, or touch.
They have a hard time with comprehending that there is MORE than they can see, or hear/smell/taste/touch, and that there are things about what they're observing that they don't know or understand.

Many people with Narcissism can be heard speaking frequently about appearances, human bodies and body parts, clothing, and bodily functions.

They can often be heard talking about their own appearance, bodies and bodily functions, as well as that of other people.
They are often heard commenting and discussing their own bodies and whether they are attractive or not, and ALSO very frequently commenting on other people's bodies, faces, hair, clothes, and "attractiveness" or "lack thereof".

Many who have Narcissism tend to be fixated on race and ancestry; their own, and that of others. They tend to identify people, including themselves, as a member of a certain race or ancestry as if that "sums up" who and what the individual IS.


Most people with Narcissism seem to be fixated on which sex/gender they are, and others are as well. They tend to refer to other people and themselves in female or male terms instead of "human", or gender-neutral terms, because of this body fixation.

Additionally, most (not all) Narcissists are very biased toward one sex and against the other, because of their desperate emotional desire for superiority over others.

This desire to "prove superiority" of one sex, or "inferiority" of the other sex, is not about science, because science doesn't CARE about "superiority" or "inferiority". It's about a person's emotional issues.

REAL science has NO desire for one or the other, NO emotional or personal investment, NO resentment, NO expectation, and NO personal issues; REAL science does not assess something as "better than", it only describes factual observations SO FAR, and REAL science knows it DOES NOT KNOW all of the information, or even most of the information.
~A person who happens to be a "scientist" might INSERT his or her own opinions into a factual observation, but that's not "science", that's personal opinion. For example Dr. Jacobs might call the flight of an Albatross "better" than all other birds, and Dr. Abrams might call the flight of an Eagle "better" than all other birds. That's not the SCIENCE of it, those are their own personal opinions, OUTSIDE of the actual "science".

It's important to understand that it doesn't matter WHICH SEX a Narcissist may insist is "superior", NOR which sex THEY are.

Even a person who is born with both biological sexes (referred to as "hermaphrodite") can develop Narcissism and superiority and bias issues for or against one sex.

Sexism (bias for against males or females) is just another form of "US" vs. "THEM"; seeking excuses to disrespect, exclude, and treat an entire grouping of humans without integrity.

Humans with Narcissism will try to use ANY physical difference between human beings in order to claim to be a member of a "superior" group of humans. Sex is just one of those differences, just like race or weight.

Many people with Narcissism can be heard and seen "proving" what sex they are with their appearance, body language, speech, actions, behaviors, and even apparent overt displays of emotion (such as making obvious sounds and movements of 'anger', or overt displays of 'fear', depending on what they think their sex is supposed to look and sound like). This is behavior that's seen in children who are learning about identity, but it's a stage of maturity, not a "destination".

Many are also fixated on OTHER people's gender, and on whether another person is  DISPLAYING behaviors and appearances that the Narcissist thinks they "should" because of their gender.

Narcissistic people are often highly focused on (some can have obsessions with) bodily functions, their own and others, such as physical exertion, eating, sweating, spitting, digestion, urination, defecation, five senses, pain, muscles and muscle strength, abilities of the body, excretions (earwax, oil), and things related to sex.

The fixation on the physical world tends to LIMIT their ability to "measure" themselves, and judge others.
For example a person with Narcissism will often actually assess a taller person as more intelligent and more capable than a shorter person, with NO information other than appearance.
They will often actually assume that a larger person has more resources than a smaller person:
more money, more family, more friends, and more possessions.
Most people are aware of the common cultural myth about "ALL women preferring a man with a large penis" and "ALL men preferring women with large breasts". This is only true for those adults with certain forms of Narcissism and other specific illnesses; only a person who is fixated on human body parts and sex would actually "prefer" or "reject" another PERSON based on the size of one of their body parts, including parts that are related to sex. Non-narcissistic and mentally healthy people develop romantic relationships with people they LIKE and enjoy spending time with, and ALSO feel attraction to, so eventually if the relationship develops more deeply, they may take it to a sexual level. But the sexual intimacy is because of the relationship becoming more intense and intimate, not the other way around.
(The relationship is not because of the sexual attraction, and especially not solely because of the sexual attraction, especially in adults: If and when that does happen with a non-narcissist, it's a boundary issue that people with Codependency or BPD may be dealing with, often from trauma.)

Since the physical world takes up their awareness, they can be seen to have a very low ability to comprehend abstract things about what or who they're looking at.

Since it's very difficult for them to process or deduce in the abstract, they tend to make ASSUMPTIONS about what they see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. They think they know a great deal of information about whatever and whoever they're observing.

They tend to BELIEVE their assumptions with little or no doubt, and little or no speculation.
They tend to think that their ASSUMPTIONS are actually clever and logical assessments.

Since it's difficult for them to mentally process that that they DON'T KNOW the "whole story" from what they are seeing in front of them, (or hearing, etc.), they ASSUME that they DO KNOW the "whole story", based on the very small and superficial amount of information they are receiving through their five senses.

For example:
A person with Narcissism will see a tall male adult, a total stranger with whom they have NO personal connection to, and immediately notice his body parts, his individual facial features, his hair, shoulders, apparent weight, the length of his arms and legs, the clothes he's wearing, his vocal tone, jewelry, and the way he holds himself.
They will "assess" whether he's attractive or not to OTHERS, and HOW attractive.
They'll assume that they know whether he's heterosexual or not.
They'll "assess" whether or not they would "win" in a test of strength or fighting with him.
They'll think they can tell all kinds of things about his personality, in specific detail.
They will believe they know his level of intelligence, strength, experience, and skill.
They will believe they can tell what his interests are, and what he does for a living.
They'll believe they can tell how much financial wealth he has or doesn't have.
They will even assume that they KNOW whether he's trustworthy or not, even before meeting him or knowing anything about him.

They'll do all this "processing" of this total stranger in their heads, based purely on his body, clothing, and voice. And they'll believe that they're RIGHT, because they can SEE and HEAR him.
They will then treat him according to the character of him they made up in their head, possibly forever. The only thing that will make a dent in changing their assumptions about him, about his  personality and capability, is a noticeable change in his physical appearance.

In other words, they would believe he "changed" drastically if he let his hair grow long and braided it into dreadlocks, even if that was the ONLY thing that he changed about himself.
~~~However, if he were to LOOK pretty much the same, but changed careers, got arrested for selling meth, treated his wife horribly, or discovered a cure for a terrible disease, they would NOT see him as "changed". Those things are too abstract, they're not ON his physical body, so they don't enter into their assessment of his personality and capability. He would still be seen by the Narcissist as basically the "same guy", no matter what he did or didn't do, as long as he LOOKED the same.

Only Men Can Do That; Only Women Understand That

We humans like to set up our world a certain way and then say "That's how it was when I got here!"

If I teach my daughter to cook pancakes but not my son, then which one of them is going to know how to cook pancakes, and which one of them is NOT going to know how?

So, my daughter knows how to cook pancakes, and my son does not.
Does that mean that GIRLS are naturally better at cooking than BOYS?

Um... wait, let me think on that... the answer is a pretty solid "NO".

What it means is: I taught my daughter how to cook pancakes, and I DID NOT teach my son how.
That's all it means. Nothing else.

So when my oil needs to be changed and both my son and daughter are playing in the yard, which one do I call over to "help me"?
Do I call them BOTH over?
If one of them acts like they're not interested, what do I say?
OH, it depends which one...
so if my SON says "Nah, I'm playing ..." I say "Come over here and help me, you can do this. Here, hold this while I do this... here pull this stick out, see the oil on it? See the marks? Now clean it off with this rag, and stick it back in that hole, yup, all the way down..."
and then he says "this is dirty" and I say "Ahh it washes off, no big deal."
and then he says "this is boring" and I say "You'll have to learn to do this when YOU drive this car!"
and then he perks up, since I just told him the car was going to be his someday.

But... if my DAUGHTER says "Nah, I'm playing..." I don't say "Come over here and help me, you can do this." INSTEAD, I say "Playing.. don't you want to learn about cars?" and then she says "Nahh, I'm doing this..." and then I say "Oh, okay..." and then... "Hey Son, why don't you come over here and help me?" To which he replies "Nahh.. I'm playing..." and then I say "Come over here and help me."

It's not about THEM, it's about ME.

Later, someone else comments on my son working on the car with me, and I say, proudly, "Oh yeah, he was all into it!" even though the truth is, he was bored out of his mind until I implied that HE was going to get the car someday. Would I have implied that to my daughter in order to get her interested in working on the car? NOT... because, it's ABOUT ME, not my son, and not my daughter.

Someone mentions that my daughter seemed uninterested in working on the car, and I say "Yeah, she's a girly girl, she likes her dolls.." (Yes, the dolls they were BOTH using in their game of pretend... which is NATURAL, NORMAL, and HEALTHY for all children, female or male.)

WE set up the world the way we want it, and then we shove children into it, whether they like it or not, and then we say "it's just natural"...

Scapegoats And Narcissists

Scapegoating and Narcissism are intrinsically connected.
If one is present, the other is also, even if it's not immediately evident.
Scapegoats are the people who Narcissists pick as a designated "permanent child" in the group, so that there will always be someone to pick on, someone to blame, someone to COMPARE themselves and others to. 

It's important to understand that it's NOT based in REALITY, it's based SOLELY in someone's ego issues: their desire for control and importance, and their desire to avoid accountability.

No matter what the Scapegoat REALLY does in life, they will continue to be treated by the Narcissist and the N's followers as an incapable, childish, silly, unstable person; like a pain-in-the butt tag-along little brother or sister; like the crazy one in the group; like the one who doesn't amount to anything; like the one who's a "burden" on someone else.

ANYTHING that happens between the Scapegoat and someone else will always get blamed on the Scapegoat, no matter what it is.
No matter WHAT it is, literally.


Only groups where some form of Narcissism is present would designate one of their own members as an ego dumping-station for everyone else.

By the time a Narcissist reaches adulthood, they've already had practice with scapegoating someone. The scapegoat was either a family member, or a person in the community.  But usually a family or household member. It could have been one of their parents, a sibling, a cousin, an aunt or an uncle, a grandparent~

Pretty much any member of the family can get scapegoated as long as there are TWO THINGS present:

One, a Narcissist who singles them out;
and Two, other members of the group who allow and go along with the Narcissist's behavior of singling the person out and treating them with disrespect, unfairness, and/or abuse.

Desire For Connection Is Normal

The desire and need for connection with other humans, especially family and friends, is HEALTHY and NORMAL.
The desire and need for POSITIVE connection with other humans is ALSO healthy and normal.

We are born as connected beings, connected to our group.

This is why Narcissistic abuse is so painful for human beings; we instinctively connect with others, and expect the connection to be there, because it's supposed to be there, and it's
supposed to be healthy and supportive.

We're HUMANS, our brains are quite capable of making our connections very positive and supportive; it's not dumb to expect that.
Expecting MUTUAL support is part of what we ARE.

It's much like dogs expecting to join a pack with other dogs, that's what they DO, it's what they're supposed to do. When they're in a pack, they're not preoccupied with each other, they're focused on what they're all doing together. They NOTICE one another, and do little social signals and play, but that's incidental, it's not their main focus. Their main focus is on chasing that stick together, or playing with that frisbee, or chasing that rabbit together. It's more fun when they're together. Only dogs with "issues" are more focused on trying to dominate other dogs than on the activity, because they have a fixation or an anxiety issue.

Narcissist humans USE those natural, normal connections between people for their own personal purposes and agendas. We usually don't know that they're going to do that until after it happens.

So imagine bringing your dog to a dog park, and one or two of the dogs there have a domination fixation. Every time your dog goes to chase the frisbee that someone is throwing, those other dogs chase YOUR dog INSTEAD OF the frisbee. They are fixated on your dog, and are trying to stop your dog from catching the frisbee. THAT'S more important to them than actually catching the frisbee themselves, or participating in the game.

When one of them gets hold of the frisbee (by taking it out of your dog's mouth), they run away with it, refusing to give it back to the human who was throwing it. They growl when someone tries to take it.
DOMINATION itself is their focus, not the GAME, and they are not able to connect in a healthy way with the other dogs as "peers" or "equals". They see every other dog as either a threat to their dominance, or as something to dominate and get something from. 
So YOUR DOG craves the connection with the other dogs at the park, and wants to participate in the game, and have FUN, building social skills, self-confidence, motor and coordination skills, and friendships.
But the domination-fixated dogs PREVENT your dog from doing any of those things, every time.
Eventually, your dog doesn't want to go to the park anymore, and whenever your dog sees another dog, he gets anxious instead of happy.
So, instead of building things in his life that he needs to build, he's prevented from doing that. And consequentially, he becomes avoidant toward those very things because every time he tries, there's someone there blocking him or attacking him.

(The solution? The dog can't do anything, he's under the ownership and control of a Human. What the Human can do is look for another dog park where the dog owners are more responsible, and don't let their domination-fixated dogs go after the other dogs.
(and/or get 'help' with their domination-fixated pets).

(This is about why N. abuse is so painful for targets, and how it can cause so much damage. Not about why they do it.)