The Narcissist’s Facade

“As a friend, partner, acquaintance or coworker of someone who is narcissistic, we may see their cloak, or facade. Their disguise is an act and signifies a lack of authentic self. The pain of facing this lack is too much to bear for the narcissist—so they rail against it and attack anyone they perceive as having forced them to confront their own deficiencies. That is when we begin to see the manipulative side of the narcissistic person that causes us the most pain.” Adapted from NARCISSISM: SURVIVING THE SELF-INVOLVED