Smear and Loathing

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I have previously explained some of the forms that the smear campaign takes and also why they are so effective. Now I turn to the six reasons why they affect somebody like you so much. Smear campaigns are a constant in the arsenal of the narcissist. Effective, utilised through word of mouth and with the capacity to envelop several people at once who in turn perpetuate the smear, the smear campaign is a favoured manipulation of our kind. Here are six reasons why they affect you so much.

  1. Denial of assistance

The smear campaign is usually utilised during devaluation and on the cusp of discard. Its timing is such that you will more likely than not find yourself in a position of desperation, fatigue and confusion. Battered and buffeted by our manipulations through the devaluation period,you are in a poor position to defend yourself never mind having to defend your reputation with others. Once the discard hits you and knocks you for six, you are in need of considerable assistance. You need somebody to help you make sense of what has just happened. You need somebody to listen to you as you pore over the relationship and try to piece together (usually unsuccessfully) the cause of your fall from grace and subsequent discard. You will need assistance on practical items such as money, paying bills, eating, child care, washing and cleaning in some of the more extreme cases where your ability to function has been hammered. When your need for external assistance is at its highest, you find that those who you thought you could rely on to help you have been poisoned. Friends become unobtainable or suddenly busy with other commitments. Family are sceptical about helping you since they think you have brought it on yourself and they are even ashamed of your supposed behaviour. Colleagues are not inclined to assist someone who has been painted the way you have. These people disappear, turn their backs or even worse ally with our kind and the help and assistance you so desperately need has been taken away from you. This furthers your isolation, your pain and your distress. It also reduces your capability to address the nature of the smear campaign and neutralise it.

  1. The Corruption of the Truth

You abide by the truth. You speak it and live by it. Yes, you may tell the odd white lie but you are a paragon of virtue compared to our mendacious and repeated untruths. You believe in the truth and you need others to know that you are an honest and truthful person. You base your life on having honest dealing with people, both towards them and from them. It has been an horrendous enough experience dealing with our lies that we told time and time again to you, but it becomes even worse when you are being lied about. You may have reached the conclusion that we are well-practised liars and that is the way we are but to have your own reputation impugned and your character stained as a liar is anathema to you. This causes distress and the fact you know that other people are believing a lie about you will have a damaging effect on you and we know this full well.

  1. Frustration

You feel a huge sense of frustration that your reputation is being smeared but added to that is the frustration that people are actually believing what is being said about you. You are surprised and dismayed that people are falling for what we are saying about you. You are disappointed in those people who you thought would know better than to be taken in by what we have said. You really ought to know by now that just as oyu were taken in by our charm and seduction, so have they. Did you really expect them to respond any differently when you did not? The difficulty is, is that you know the truth about the lies being spun about you and you desperately want others to see through this but they do not. You understand why, because we base the smear on a grain of truth, we magnify and manipulate and twist and warp the truth so that people are deceived in an expert fashion but nevertheless you really though that people who you could rely on would see through this tissue of lies, this web of deceit. The frustration at this overhwhelms you and adds to the distress of the situation as a whole.

  1. The Lack of Control

We hate losing control. Most people do not like to lose control because this causes distress, anxiety and apprehension. If something bad happens and you are able to at least do something to address it, counter it or mitigate its effect you automatically feel better. However, if you are swept along on a tide by a force over which you can exert no control, the sense of helplessness is massive. You are made to feel like this because when the smear campaign commences your coping ability has been hugely reduced. We however are at the top of our game, calling the shots and orchestrating everything with considerable effectiveness. You do not truly understand why it is happening, why we are behaving like this and moreover why people believe what we are saying. You feel as if you have no control over the progression and outcome of the smear campaign and this increases its effectiveness in terms of how it affects you.

  1. Keeping Up Appearances

Related to the corruption of the truth. Whereas the corruption of the truth alarms you because of the way that a central quality which you adhere to and believe in is being damaged, the smear campaign is also damaging how people think about you. You are not a person who is immersed in pride. You are neither vain nor conceited but you still want people to think well of you because you are a good and decent person. You just want people to know what you are and to have them told that you are something contrary to your actual appearance becomes especially upsetting for you.

  1. The Hammer to Your Reputation

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Not only is your character and outward appearance as a good and honest person shattered and dented by the smear campaign, the effects of a smear campaign often go further. Your professional integrity is called into question with ramifications for your job, career advancement and livelihood. Your standing in the community is adversely affected which could have repercussions where you hold positions of trust and authority. If you have to be licensed by the authorities in some way, a smear campaign can place that in jeopardy. You may lose friends, your family may distance themselves from you but the repercussions of a smear campaign can infect your professional life, your income, your integrity and your standing. You are made to feel like a pariah and you may lose clients and customers, the backing of your superiors, be regarded as an albatross to an organisation. People are obsessed with appearances and if you become a PR nightmare not only is your personal life hammered by the smear campaign your professional and business standing is also.

 

16 thoughts on “Smear and Loathing

  1. Nice butt in your picture. πŸ™‚

  2. Sunniva says:

    Mr Tudor,
    Do you think an upper level Lesser would waste his energy to hoover and smear a non intimate secondary source if she pulled silently away?

    Thank you:)

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Hello Sunniva, it is Upper Lesser. He would not consider hoovering and smearing a waste of his energy. Subject to other factors, there is a risk indeed that he would smear and hoover a NISS. It is more likely however that this person would be devalued, smeared and replaced.

      1. Sunniva says:

        Mr Tudor (are you a descendant of the Tudor ancestry? And do you wear a Tudor watch?)

        Anyway;
        I have never been a part of his entourage. I don’t know any of his “friends”.
        I didn’t respond “correctly” to any of his manipulative strategies, and therefore never in the run up for IPPS.
        I do know now (thanks to you) that he still contacts me for facade and triangulation.
        I will be easily replaced:)

        But I have to admit that I don’t like this not knowing part of my silent escape.

        I will arm my forces and not respond to the hoover and the smear that might come (thank you for the heads up).
        And my replacement will set me free:)

        Again, Thank you:)

        1. HG Tudor says:

          I have links to the Tudor dynasty but I am not a direct descendant. I do not wear a Tudor watch.

          You are welcome.

  3. AH OH says:

    nice ass but a bit off putting as you know mud in cracks is unacceptable to me.

  4. Lisa says:

    It’s strange because mine doesn’t smear he does the opposite and praises me to everyone , whilst portraying himself as a tortured soul who just can’t commit to a relationship based on all the psychos he’s had relationships with previously !!!! Everyone tells me how sorry he is he couldn’t make the relationship work but he feels safer alone and is afraid of relationships . Therefore it becomes a sad story and he is the victim of his own fears . He’s actually never said a bad word about me and keeps all his family and friends thinking it’s such a shame it didn’t work , has anyone else experienced this type of lies ?

    1. Michelle says:

      In a way yes…..my sister’s husband does both smears to old friends etc…or anyone that will take his side……but also says how much he loves her and she was his world blah blah blah…to a lot of ppl he will smear my parents and our family while praising her…..putting the blame on break up on us and how shes manipulated by

    2. Lori says:

      I believe I have. I say “I believe” because I don’t know for sure 100% .. but I’ve not received feedback from people that he’s said anything bad about me (yet). And he claims that he doesn’t talk bad to ‘his people’ about me although I know he has told them a few negative things that he could but not horrible things – and they were things that I was wrong for doing, in fact.. But I have 2 thoughts on this. 1) He knows that since we’ve broken up and gone back sooooo many times that we might be facing his friends again and again afterwards. They all like me and I think if he badmouths me, they in fact may not believe him. and 2) he likes to play the victim… saying I’m too busy to be with him (and them on vacation trips, or events for example. They all do everything in community fashion), or maybe I do not love him enough, or we just can’t seem to stop fighting. The first serious time we broke up he lost 20 lbs in a month and he milked that for all he could… oh poor guy he was so love sick and broken hearted. (and yes he had dated others during our break up and then when he found out I did too, he was convinced I left him for another man, haven’t lived that down since!)… all made up stuff. But I don’t think he shared that with his people… why? perhaps he didn’t want to look less than the other man.

      So HG, I’m wondering… can someone be 75% narcissistic? He doesn’t have ALL the traits of a Narc, but he has many?

      1. HG Tudor says:

        Hello Lori, a person can be narcissistic but not a narcissist, indeed. They would fall between the normal group and the narcissist group on the spectrum.

        1. Lisa says:

          HG that is bloody more confusing . How do you know if someone has narcissist traits ? Behaves like one but isn’t actually a narcissist ? OMG !! I need to go to Uni to get a degree in this stuff or go live on a desert island . What are the differences going to be ? I mean are they just acting like assholes but are actually capable of all normal feelings and this is a defence mechanism or are they detached like you ? But not detached if they are not actually narcissists πŸ€”πŸ˜±πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

          1. HG Tudor says:

            The core element concerns empathy. Someone with narcissistic traits will still have some empathy, a narcissist has none.

          2. Lisa says:

            Distinguishing cognitive empathy and real empathy is very difficult

    3. gabbanzobean says:

      My mid ranger never smeared me or acted nasty to me. He often play the tortured soul routine as well, laying pity on himself for many different things. I often got the tortured soul routine for why he felt he could never be faithful to his wife. ” I love her so much and I can’t be faithful”… he often use the “universe” for an excuse as to why he did the things he did. “I regret having sex with you because I cheated on my wife, but in the cosmic and finite nature of the universe I also don’t regret it”. πŸ™„ Was yours a cerebral? Mine was charming and sweet, even when he was being manipulative, incredibly intelligent, tortured soul, pitied himself ” I don’t deserve that, I don’t deserve you.” Etc etc. with a huge vocabulary mixed in there. So yeah, you are definitely not alone in that regard. I had to hear quite a bit of tortured soul nonsense. I had a consult with HG, who told me this is fairly common among some mid rangers.

      1. Lisa says:

        Hi gabbanzobean, thank you for that information , they are literally so similar these narcissists it’s frightening . I don’t think mine is cerebral because he was too stupid to be cerebral but the somatic doesn’t quite fit either in someways . Although it does in the sense of preferring porn , prostitutes and hook ups to anything remotely real. He’s not somatic within the formal relationship he becomes celebate he definitely has the Madonna / Whore situation going on which I’ve read can be common with narcs . He’s somewhere between a lesser and a Mid Range and 100% Victim Narcissist . He enjoys telling people how he can’t commit and enjoys his family and friends thinking he’s a tortured soul , this is his ace card and it’s always worked for him. I might be smeared in the future but it would be quite difficult to do as he can’t use the stuff he has used in the past about exes regarding me because they would know it’s bullshit so the tortured soul is better. He also likes to use That it’s his loss and he’s the loser and he always realised what I mean to him once I’ve dumped him for the 20th time . I’ve just resisted a Hoover for the first time ever , so he will be very shocked . I’m still struggling however but I’m pleased I’ve resisted going back for the first time in 2 and a half years

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