BLUFThis article suggests that new research indicates that there is a better way for people to deal with narcissists by first trying to understand them.
Dr Susan Whitbourne writing about narcissism in the pro-science online magazine Psychology Today, makes the following points:
- Some narcissists try to hide their feeling of vulnerability by appearing grander and more important than they are.
- Current knowledge about narcissism might not be accurate.
- A better understanding of narcissism might help you to understand narcissists better.
- Narcissism is complex.
- Some narcissists might have had a challenging childhood.
- Finding out the true origins of narcissistic behaviour can be helpful.
- A narcissist might be trying to achieve a superior state of being in which they receive better treatment than anybody else.
- It is easy to categorise people; sometimes, it is better first to try to understand them.
Note previous Runway posts on this subject:
- Why Narcissists Make Life So Exhausting for Everyone Else | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- How to stop psychopaths and narcissists from winning positions of power | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- Narcissism driven by insecurity, not grandiose sense of self | The Runway (airforce.gov.au)
- Dec 21 Holidays with a Narcissist: 5 Things You Should Not Do | Psychology Today Australia
- Dec 21 Living With a Narcissist: How to Cope (verywellmind.com)
- Dec 21 How do narcissists control you? How do they react when they can't control you? (thriveworks.com)
- Dec 21 What Drives a Covert Narcissist Crazy? 11 Tactics Narcissists Use (medicinenet.com)
- Dec 21 Games Narcissists Play and Tips to Cope I Psych Central
- Dec 21 Narcissist or just a bit selfish? Let’s set some boundaries for my generation’s constant state of diagnosis (smh.com.au)