The Five Central Questions – To a Lesser Degree



I have come across these five questions on a number of occasions. They are often regarded as the five fundamental queries which are raised about our behaviour. They are usually answered in a forthright manner by certain commentators in order to drive the message home. However, these observations and answers are provided by people who are not of our kind. They are naturally entitled to comment but the true value arises from someone who is on the other side of the fence, the perpetrator of the actions, the doer. Furthermore, the usual observations are provided without regard to the fact that narcissists are both similar yet different because we operate in certain schools which are linked to our degree of functioning and malign outlook. Accordingly, the traditional answer provided to one of these questions may be correct for the greater of our kind, but not for the mid-range or for the lesser narcissist. Here are the five answers to the five central questions, beginning with those of our kind who are from the lesser school.


  1. Do we know what we are doing?

The lesser does not know. He or she is a creature of knee-jerk reactions, impulse responses and almost machine like programming. The lesser narcissist behaves in his or her manner as a matter of routine response. Push button A and you will get response A. Push button B and you will get response B. It is an unsophisticated system for an unsophisticated person. The lesser narcissist is something of a blunt instrument and has no understanding as to why he or she acts in this way. Out of all of our kind if you try to get a lesser to understand what they are doing, that they must realise what is happening and they are aware of their behaviour, you really may as well go and find a brick wall and slam your head against it as it will be more productive. The lesser does not know and your questions will only serve to enrage him for yes, again reasons he does not know, only that he knows he does not like your questions and he wants you stop asking them so you had better do so or else.


  1. Do you know that you are hurting people?

The lesser may be low-functioning but he or she will know that he or she is hurting people. They are not so stupid as not to not recognise that whatever he or she is doing is causing pain, distress and upset to somebody else. They recognise such emotions even though they do not feel those emotions themselves. They see the product of their behaviours and like all of our kind extract fuel from this although they will not understand that this is what they are doing. They will not recognise the concept of fuel. Instead the lesser narcissist will just regard the reaction of the victim as their own fault and they deserved it because they did something the narcissist did not like. The lesser often cannot even point to what it is that the victim has done that has provoked the annoyance, the irritation and the ignition of fury and being invited to do so just increases the hostile reaction. There are occasions when the lesser will respond sometimes with something specific but more often with a general expression along the lines of:

“You just wind me up.”

“You know how to push my buttons.”

“You get on my nerves.”

“You really bug me sometimes.”

The lesser experiences the irritation, the annoyance and the ignition of fury but does not know why and therefore he is not in a position to tell you what it is that has caused him to hurt you, but he just has to, because once he has, the irritation and so forth recedes. He has gathered fuel and addresses the restlessness that comes with the low provision. He has gathered fuel and repaired the wound caused by your criticism (real or more likely perceived) but he doesn’t not know that this is the process. He sees the hurt he causes but has no idea why he is doing it.


  1. Is the behaviour deliberate?

With the lesser it is not deliberate. He or she does not plan to respond in the way that he or she does, it just happens. There is no scheming or plotting with the lesser narcissist, they are not of sufficient function to achieve this. In the same way that if you are hit on the knee with a small hammer there will (usually) be a reflexive action, it is the same for the lesser. He needs fuel, although he does not realise this. He needs to provoke you but again does not realise this. He just reacts and responds. He is a victim of some unseen and unknown higher force that causes him to react. He is already programmed this way but has not been granted any insight or understanding into why he acts as he does. This is why the lesser narcissist will never accept there is anything wrong with him, why he will never admit that he is defective in some way and why he will never concede that he is a narcissist. This is how he is. Isn’t everyone else this way as well? He has no ability to recognise what he is doing. I appreciate that this is often one of the hardest things for a victim to understand. Surely the narcissist knows what he or she is doing? How can they not see it? If you can, why can’t they? This is because they have been wired in a different way to you and with a lesser narcissist this means that their world view is so different that they consider it the only way that people behave and that there is nothing wrong with it.


  1. Can you control it?

In the same way that you might think that the lesser narcissist must surely understand what they are doing, you would expect that they can control it. The answer is that they cannot. As I have explained, their responses are programmed and they do not act in the same way as you. It is knee-jerk, immediate and automatic. For instance, let us say that you are walking along the street when you see a large man running towards you. You will do the following:

  1. Regard the behaviour that you can see;
  2. Evaluate what that behaviour means;
  3. Consider the range of responses available to you;
  4. Consider the most appropriate to the situation;
  5. Consider the consequence of such action;
  6. Execute your response.

Thus you realise the man is just out jogging because as he nears you he is wearing sports kit and headphones, so you keep on walking and smile at him, he returns the smile and all is well.

The lesser narcissist sees the behaviour and then responded. Parts b through to e are omitted. This is why the response, viewed through your world lens, may seem disproportionate, outrageous and wrong. To the lesser narcissist, it just is and why are you complaining about it?

The lesser narcissist has an extremely low ability to control his behaviours because of this programming. Whereas the mid-range and greater (as I shall explain separately) can exert control, evaluate and form decisions before responding, the lesser cannot. This is why lesser narcissists have a greater propensity to more extreme responses, including physical violence, because they cannot control their actions and do not evaluate the repercussions of that action. They just react.


  1. Can they stop it?

It is often thought that our kind can stop our behaviours and therefore if we do not we must be enjoying what we are doing. With the lesser of our kind they can no more stop what they are doing than you can halt a runaway train with your bare hands. The lesser is a creature of response and reaction. It happens and if you are in the way when it happens, that is your fault. He does not know why he behaves this way so has no basis for stopping it. He is programmed to respond in a knee-jerk manner and therefore is unable to stop the behaviour. If you tell him to stop, you are tapping in to this inability to control his behaviour and this amounts to fuel or a criticism (if delivered emotion free) but in either instance all it will do is cause the behaviour to continue, although the lesser will not know this. In some respects, this lack of understanding, insight and control makes the lesser of our kind a pitiful creature but in other respects it makes him especially volatile and dangerous.

26 thoughts on “The Five Central Questions – To a Lesser Degree

  1. Leilani says:

    This is very informative HG. Thank you. I don’t believe narcissists like me very much since I’ve had an “I come first”, “I give if you give first” attitude and determination. (thanks to my full blown narcissist father who put me up on the pedestal growing up, still does and separated me from the world- poor siblings). Does a narcissist go back and forth to being somatic and cerebral HG?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No, if they show concerted signs of being somatic and cerebral they are an elite.

      1. Leilani says:

        I see….holy toledo, I’m beginning to comprehend the state of this conjuction. I no longer feel confused for the most part. I will check your book collection soon enough.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Jolly good.

      2. Leilani says:

        Jolly Rancher good muahh!

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Ha ha.

      3. Leilani says:

        Elite it is 🙂

  2. susan anderson says:

    Reblogged this on Your Journey Begins Today and commented:
    HG Tudor: The “Lesser” Narcissist – And does he know what he does vs the “High Level” Narcissist. Very informative

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Thank you

  3. Soaking it in says:


    Can a lesser N become a greater one. Is this achieved by life experiences, many destructive relationships, and the ability and chance in life to see what works to obtain fuel?
    I find this confusing. If your the life of a party. The center of attention there is plenty of opportunity in life to “grow your talent” of N hook. Are the lesser N the ones that in life did not have the opportunity to gain enough learning experiences to understand there own thinking and functioning?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No. The strength of your manipulations is increased through consideration and use. Lessers don’t consider, they just do.

  4. So Sad says:

    I wasn’t 100% sure what I was dealing with until I read this HG but it’s confirmed that ex is a lesser narc. I’ve always said he did what he did but ( I believe ) that it was never orchestrated , as you say a knee jerk reaction .. he was conscious that the police would be involved , that he would be arrested , handcuffed, and imprisoned for the night , but he literally couldn’t stop himself regardless of the outcome .

    Thank you .

  5. jherge says:

    So, I’m still new to this, what are the different types or degrees of a Narcassist? I didn’t know there were different kinds, so now I would like to know what kind i am dealing with so I can learn how to protect myself and kids. Thank you.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Hello Jherge. Our kind come from schools (lesser, mid-range and greater) and cadres (victim, somatic, cerebral and elite). You can read more about these types in Sitting Target and Sex and the Narcissist both of which you can find on Amazon.

  6. MovingOn says:

    I was wondering if the questions I sent the other day had gotten lost or if you were just ignoring me 😳 But instead you gave me much more than I was expecting. So insightful, as always. Thank you.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You are welcome.

  7. T says:

    N3 seems at times lesser and at times greater…to the degree he fooled me…perhaps I was just more vulnerable at the time? He had enough control to keep his violent outburst to material objects…but he had knee jerk reactions! He never thought things through while enraged! I suppose he was lesser…he just reacted….he left jobs and relationships that were substantial out of his rage….he could play the victim role well….but he never let me spend my $, and he was always a “gentleman”. He never really understood what drove him…and that angered him even more…

  8. nikitalondon says:

    Super interesting! I think this will be veeery useful as to learn to classify Ns. This posting any the next 2 will ne useful to every single follower with no exception!
    Gracias 😃💝

  9. Cara says:

    And there are levels of narcissism. My mother…full out malignant narcissist; I’ve been told I’m “more manipulative” than she is (and, yeah, I can lie, use people, & carry on as though I have no soul), but I can also NOT behave like that, so yeah, I’m a high-level narcissist myself; my two younger sisters are mid-range narcissists (they spend a lot less time playing the victim).

  10. Lynn says:

    Always appreciate your insight… I have often wondered if the ExNarc was Lesser… or just lazy. One would think after 47 years and as much calamity that he appeared have connection to- he would have graduated to Greater? Did seem to have much “work-related” destruction in his past: Boss loosing his company and being jailed for cocaine addiction, numerous coworkers being fired at different work places. Himself suffering a bankruptcy… he didnt have a credit card… If a Narc was Greater in the his work life and personal life (he loved to bully contractors who worked on his house…. they might leave a job unfinished… but they never got paid either!) , could he be Lesser in his love life? (though he did have a story about, “Leah the waitress has a Stalker!” … maybe he was getting fuel from being the stalker??). I do know he wasnt the Victim Narc. Certainly, I survived the Grand Hoover- not intense and short. Other unsuccessful hoovering left to minions. So maybe not Greater? And though I stayed for 2.5 years- I do believe I only supplied positive fuel. Maybe merely a challenge? As a recovering Codependent when I met him- I did not respond to hooks. I knew enough to be detached… what I did not see, as a recovering Codependent- is when I started to use detachment as a way to cope and stay (“thats his shit to work on”.. but i did not see my work… that I did not have to stay… but I did need to be strong enough to face conflict?). Such a wide range of traits, I cannot categorize… and my part to play, also muddying the story. Maybe its enough to say- a game of wits between a Weathered Narc and an Imperfect Codependent… No other descriptors necessary- and let it go at that.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      As mentioned before you may have people on the cusp of the different cadres of narcissist (e.g. a victim type on the cusp of being somatic – thus they take pride in their appearance but still expect you to organise their life for them). It is most likely that in your instance your N was a mid-range who would gravitate towards greater (but not quite get there) in the work world and gravitate towards lesser (but again not quite get there) in terms of sexual matters.

  11. Bombshel20 says:

    Shoot, I don’t know which kind would be better, a lesser or higher. How does one become higher? Time experience in honing this skill or way of thinking

    1. HG Tudor says:

      You just are one or the other. It is linked to intelligence and development

  12. Soaking it in says:


    The lesser N that does not pre plan there actions, are they ever sorry for what they have done. I have seen this, with an outcome, they have only ended up hurting themselves in a devastating manner. Some loose there jobs, homes families. They never learn. They would rather sit In a jail cell for starting a fight for what they might think, someone did, being disrespected to them.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No they aren’t, lesser, mid or greater we are never sorry.

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