What the Hell Just Happened?

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–         One minute I was serving lunch and everyone was talking away, the next he flung the plate at the wall and called me a fucking selfish bitch –

–         I only asked how his day was and he just turned around and walked back out; that was yesterday evening and I haven’t heard from him since –

–         I mentioned I was going away with my friends for the weekend and before I know it he is accusing me of having an affair and telling me I have to cancel the trip and stay at home –

–         All I said was that the blue shirt suited him better, he tore both of them in half and pushed me over –

–         How did I end up looking like this; I said that maybe he had had enough to drink –

–         I was sat watching television and she came in full of hell and laid into me, I had no idea what I was supposed to have done –

The overriding response to such scenarios and others is what the hell just happened? At the time these instances happen, the recipient of the behaviour does not know that they have become entangled with one of our kind. The recipient expects the other person to operate by their standards of behaviour, their own mature and reasonable responses and their own healthy reactions. Not only do they find that the response is anything but like how they would respond, they struggle to discern any logic in or reason in how we have behaved. Common reactions to such instances as the above along with asking what the hell just happened would include

–         She blew it up out of all proportion –

–         I don’t know what got in to him, there was nothing the matter –

–         It was such an extreme reaction I am at a loss to understand why she did as she did –

–         Everything was going really well and then wham; I’ve no idea what set that off-

Indeed, you would have no idea at all what is going on and why would you? At the time you did not know that you had become entangled with a narcissist and this is an entirely typical and standard response. Even when you ascertain, most likely sometime after the relationship has been brought to an end through a callous discard, that you had become involved with a narcissist, these eruptions, disruptions and volcanic responses still mystify and bewilder. In order to comprehend what on earth has just happened in such instances it is necessary to adopt the narcissist’s perspective. Despite the boldness, the grandiosity and the confidence, we are suspicious of the world. The world has treated us badly. It is a treacherous place which has sought, from the very beginning, to destroy us and this remains our mind set. As we move through life, climbing higher and higher, driving forward and conquering, we remain vigilant, wary and indeed often paranoid. There are those traitors, those betrayers and those plotters who would love nothing more than to do us down, dethrone us and topple us. Hence we often strike first before those who conspire to harm us can do so. Our view of the world means that we see criticism, which we despise and hate more than anything else, lurking around every corner, in the words of those who speak to us and most of all through the actions and gestures of the shadowy snakes who infest the world.

Oh we are not stupid, we know only too well that you prefer to criticise us through actions and gestures, that way you are able to diminish the impact by suggesting that we are over-reacting, reading too much into it and seeing things that are not there. Of course we often accuse you of doing this but we are never guilty of behaving in this manner. We are always right when we see a criticism arising from something. We are finely tuned to pick up on these criticisms and therefore we spot them straight away.

Notwithstanding our ability to spot these criticisms, we are unable to evade them and instead like a serrated dagger they wound us and make us feel weak, vulnerable and pathetic. They are an unwanted and horrendous reminder of the very thing we seek not to be. In order to cope with this unwarranted wounding of us, we have an excellent self-defence mechanism. Fury. Our fury is always there, churning away beneath the surface and when we are wounded by criticism, this fury ignites and manifests either as heated fury or cold fury. This means that we lash out at you and others, smash things up, assault people, stand and glare, dole out silent treatments and so forth. This will nearly always cause the recipient of this manifestation of ignited fury to respond in an emotional manner – fear, hurt, anger, surprise, annoyance, upset and so forth – which of course equates to fuel.

The provision of fuel as a direct consequence of the manifestation of this ignited fury means that the wound caused by the criticism is healed and eventually the ignited fury will dissipate as it has served its function. A Mid-Range narcissist has some control over the ignition of his fury and if he deems that exploding in a certain situation would be detrimental to how he is viewed he may switch to cold fury or even withdraw and seek fuel elsewhere to quell the ignited fury and heal the wound. A Greater Narcissist has substantial control and for instance if he deems it necessary to preserve the façade he will keep the fury under control until there is an appropriate moment to unleash the fury and gain the fuel. Thus in some instances the ‘what the hell moment’ may not happen at the time the criticism occurred but be a time afterwards. You can see now just how bewildering and disorientating it is.

Be aware that a criticism which is allied with emotion is fuel and will not wound us. Thus shouting at us and calling us all the names under the sun only provides us with fuel. Crying and telling us that we are a complete bastard and useless in bed is fuel. That is why the criticism often arises from perception and from actions and gestures as they tend to be fuel free.

Returning to the instances at the outset of this article, let’s examine how the perception of criticism manifested in my kind’s mind.

–         One minute I was serving lunch and everyone was talking away, the next he flung the plate at the wall and called me a fucking selfish bitch –

The criticism arose because the narcissist was served with his food behind everybody else thus insinuating that other people were more important than him.

 

–         I only asked how his day was and he just turned around and walked back out; that was yesterday evening and I haven’t heard from him since –

The criticism arose because the speaker failed to smile and look delighted at the return of the narcissist, thus implying that he was not worth shining for.

 

–         I mentioned I was going away with my friends for the weekend and before I know it he is accusing me of having an affair and telling me I have to cancel the trip and stay at home –

The criticism was spending time with other people and therefore suggesting that the narcissist was not interesting enough to spend the weekend with.

 

–         All I said was that the blue shirt suited him better, he tore both of them in half and pushed me over –

The criticism was to suggest that the shirt he preferred was not the one he looked best in. This not only criticised his choice but also how he looked.

 

–         How did I end up looking like this; I said that maybe he had had enough to drink –

The criticism is to suggest that the narcissist has a drink problem and that his activities ought to be curtailed, by you, somebody who is inferior to him.

–         I was sat watching television and she came in full of hell and laid into me, I had no idea what I was supposed to have done –

This may be an example of delayed fury arising from an earlier criticism and/or it might be the fact that the person was watching television and not providing attention to the narcissist.

 

You will have no doubt deduced from this that occurrence of a what the hell just happened moment can happen at any time, can come out of nowhere and is not based on anything significant, from your perspective. From our perspective there is the potential for criticism on a repeated and frequent basis. This is what leads to the second-guessing, hypervigilance, anxiety and treading on egg-shells that is so often associated with our kind.

In terms of dealing with it, it is nigh on impossible to predict. You will at least know what it is and why it has happened. In certain circumstances it can be used to your advantage to cause a wound and then not to provide fuel when the ignition of fury takes place. This will weaken us and cause us to go elsewhere, but care should be exercised in doing this as it may escalate the reaction initially with severe consequences. The most appropriate way to deal with this is to be able to know what it is, understand why it has happened, that it will blow over and that you may be best providing positive fuel, rather than becoming scared, bewildered or upset, since you know what is behind it. You can then manage it in that way until such time as you can escape the effect and influence of the narcissist as a whole.

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15 thoughts on “What the Hell Just Happened?”

  1. Not to mention the chemical effects that are around the narc arc.
    Alcohol and drugs.
    Performance enhancers.
    Some of the hoovers are enhanced after some ingestion of alcohol.

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  2. I saw him overreacting to other people. Getting furious, calling them names, cursing… He tried telling me once: Eat shit… I said this was below the standards of communication that I allow. He did not apologise. “See you tomorrow”, I said and left. A silence till the end of the day and a Good morning, love in the morning. Never apologised but never repeated again. He did not exhibit exactly the crazy kind of behaviour but often would pick topics that were sure to get on my nerves and make me react: Nazi adoration, Jew suffering, women humiliation, adoration of the abilities of his best female friend who was him in a female body ( who reportedly did not like me and did not want to know me) … So… yeah, I guess each has a preferred set and adapts it to the victim…

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  3. If it please you dear Sir,
    Might I point out that if there is such hatred in what you dislike about yourself, has it ever crossed your mind to work on your fury?
    Find a place to let it out where it is healthier?
    How is it possible you can be so self aware & obtuse simultaneously?
    You are aware there is a problem & yet you choose to do nothing about it except continue to search for those who would tolerate such intolerable behaviour.
    Why?

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    1. I have been looking at using my talents in a pro social way. This will be written about in due course AR.
      I am aware, I am not obtuse, I operate in the way that I do because I have no sense of remorse or a conscience.

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  4. I am finding the more articles of yours I read, I am inept to fathom any idea of what it means to be without compassion or empathy.

    Do you believe if you once had these qualities they may still exist somewhere inside you?

    Do you believe they ever existed?

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      1. Hello HG.
        I have been reading papers on neuro genetics. Interesting reads. It seems they have targeted DNA that are linked to certain psychological traits. The title of an article that seemed of interest is Genetic Influence on Human Psychological Traits – Thomas J. Bouchard , Jr. University of Minneapolis Minnesota. It is cited by Oxford University Press. It has caused me to raise questions which I would find your thoughts to be of interest.
        It puts Antisocial behavior in Adults at a heritability at .41 to .46 stating that environmental influences decrease from childhood to adulthood, but do not entirely disappear into adulthood. What if the percentage of that which is environmentally caused could be altered to learn compassionate empathy, having a greater chance of doing so when younger? What if a person carries a genetic predisposition but it does not manifest, how would that impact on the theory of not being able to change? Please know that I am bringing this to you not to cause a debate. I’m not sure where I stand on the issue of narcissism being genetically predisposed, thus doing research on the topic to make an informed decision. I would appreciate your input as you are a Narcissist and you are an intelligent person. I am not in any way challenging yours or anyone else’s ideas on the topic. I again would appreciate your input if you decide to indulge me. If not, I understand.

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  5. HG, all the critics love you in New York and Michigan for that matter. Okay part of that was stolen from a Prince song but hey what you don’t know doesn’t hurt you. It’s the thought that fuels.

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  6. There are “what the hell just happened” funny moments. Once I had one jump up from the bed, raise his arms above his head like hed just kicked a field goal, and did a victory lap around the room yelling loudly: Im so damned proud of myself!!!! I just watched shocked and wanting to laugh but kept a straight face. Then he turned to me and said: you know, shes not just my girlfriend-I married her a couple of years ago ( trying for the shock). I looked at him without ecpression and said: well it must have been for your pension ’cause it certainly isnt for your performance and then turned and walked away. This is an example of why I wonder that he comes back at all. I always thought it must be the challenge. I criticise but without expression so its not for the negative fuel. Oh but my positive fuel is another story and he has his primary source punching bag for that I suppose. Guess I just had to talk it out.

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  7. This is one of my favourite posts. I appreciate that you not only describe what happens but also explain what goes on in a narc’s mind as the situation unfolds. I have always wanted to know what they are *thinking* in those moments, so, this is brilliant. Thank you!

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  8. At least this time in my immune system crash I have excellent study tools. As I have no other choice but to rest till the bitch of thing turns back on. Unfortunately my saying was WTF was that. My facial expressions would get me buried without saying word. My ounce beautiful face in the eyes of the Narc now was person weapon to them. I could bite Tongue but my face I couldn’t control.

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