5 Phrases The Narcissist Uses To Blameshift
It is fundamental that we remain unaccountable for our actions. One of the most effective ways of avoiding this accountability, provoking you and leaving you exasperated and stunned is to engage in blame-shifting. We are the blame shifters who will always use this form of manipulation in our ceaseless quest to maintain the upper hand.
Not only is it the case that we believe we are entitled to complete immunity for what we say and do, occasioned by our innate superiority, we also believe it to be necessary for us to be able to gather fuel as often and as effectively as we do. If we were slowed down by having to make meaningful apologies, explain ourselves, account for what we have done and accept responsibility for the consequences this would absorb time that would be far better spent in the pursuit of fuel. Hampering us in such a way would result in us becoming weaker since we would not be able to gather as much fuel as usual. It is therefore necessary, so we remain sleek, effective and light of foot, for us to never be concerned about accountability and also to never allow responsibility to rest with us. As with many of our machinations, this approach also allows us to gather fuel in itself by the imposition of blame on others, usually you and the astonished and outraged emotional response which then flows from this staggering act of walking away scot free. As ever, words are our best allies when it comes to throwing off the attempt to make us assume the mantle of responsibility. Here are five of our favourites.
- What do you expect me to do about it?
A delicious subtle piece of blame-shifting to begin with. We do not even state that we regard it as your fault, your responsibility or your liability with this question. Nevertheless, the implication is clear – we expect you to do something about it because we do not ‘do’ responsibility, your role is to clear up after us and you signed up to that role when you accepted our overtures. Did you miss that term of the contract? Don’t blame us, that’s your own fault.
I regularly brag about how brilliant and special I am. That I have many talents and if I so chose I could remedy many situations within moments, but notwithstanding this being the stance that I adopt to the world at large, I am not going to do that with you. Not a chance. I am not here to pick up the pieces after you, although I expect you to do so for me repeatedly. I can do as I like and you are obliged to make good the damage that I cause – collect the broken pieces of crockery, apologise to the shell-shocked friend after an outburst, try to solve the financial headache that we have left. If you have caused a problem, and let’s face it, it is always your fault anyway, you cannot expect me to do something about it. I am above such menial tasks. I have important and bigger things to attend to. Such as? I don’t have to explain myself to the likes of you. If I caused the problem (which in reality is usually the case) I am not going to do anything about it.
- Deal with it.
That’s the way it is and you had better get used to it. This haughty declaration is par the course for our sense of entitlement to do as we please. We bulldoze through everything and you just have to put up with it. You can’t walk away; we will not allow that to happen. Issuing this barked instruction at you is an effective way of upsetting you. It is telling you that you are useless and you should just be getting on with the situation rather than complaining about it. You shouldn’t be complaining; you should have already guessed that you needed to sort the situation out. Don’t ask me for help because I just do not have time for this mickey mouse nonsense.
- You caused this to happen.
We like to maintain that we act with the omnipotence of a god but how many times have you found that you have somehow caused something to happen so that it would suggest that you exercise the powers of a deity? My late arrival was down to you. My failure to remember something was caused by you. My infidelity for the sixth time was wholly as a consequence of what you have done. At its most brutal this declaration is issued without any explanation as to why it is that you caused the problem to arise. We say that it is the case therefore that must be right. Does this exchange seem familiar?
“Why is that the case?”
“It just is.”
“Because I say so.”
Other than our kind, who comes out with such assertions bereft of reality or explanation? That’s right, children. That tells you all you need to know about our mentality when we accuse you of being the one who has caused the problem. If you are “fortunate” enough to be given some kind of explanation it makes perfect sense when viewed from our perspective, although it will not from yours. That is deliberate. We want you to feel astonished, bewildered and annoyed at our sheer audacity to make the connection between our wrongdoing and your causation.
“If you were more loving I wouldn’t go elsewhere.”
“What do you mean by that? I couldn’t be anymore loving towards you.”
“Oh that’s right, deny it is anything to do with you and make me out to be the bad person.”
“Well, it is you who had the affair.”
“Caused by you.”
“I have already told you and if you cannot accept that then there is no point continuing with this conversation.”
You get no answer no acceptance of blame. All you get is a tenuous (in your world but not ours) explanation as to why our wrongdoing is all down to you.
- Why do you have to spoil everything?
A cousin of the third shirking above but with an added layer of blame. In the above example, you have caused the problem although you may not necessarily have intended it. With this statement we are telling you that not only is the problem not of our doing, it is your fault and guess what? You meant to do it because you are such an awful and horrible person. Our rampant paranoia causes us to believe that you are out to get us, to topple us and that you are plotting to unseat us as a consequence of our behaviour towards you during devaluation. This is why whenever anything goes wrong you are the architect of that misfortune as you have purposefully set out to cause a problem for us, driven by your innate nastiness and jealousy.
- Why do you make my life so hard?
Poor us. Put upon by you and your terrible behaviours. This is often thrown at you when you begin to wise-up to our manipulations and either through choice or out of sheer exhaustion you are no longer engaging with our provocations and machinations. What we are actually saying to you here is, “Why do you make it so hard to extract fuel from you?” Your failure to play ball and do what we want is causing us to expend more energy in order to get the negative fuel from you and in accordance with our outlook as a victim, you are doing this on purpose. We need to get that fuel and you should be helping us, not hindering us, no wonder we lash out at you as we do because you are horrible and you make our lives far more difficult and hard than you should or once did.
16 thoughts on “5 Phrases The Narcissist Uses To Blameshift”
when you say under 4. “our paranoia causes us to believe ….” — does this mean in this case, he really believes it?
You describe exactly what I have experienced today and yesterday, and obviously I am a horrible person, just like Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hide, …
When he then says “that’s it” (“us”)(Thank God) — does he mean it because he really is convinced in that instant because of, as you say “causes us to believe that you are out to get us” — or was the situation which caused him to say it, rather provoked & fabricated, to have an excuse??
My upper state NY Narc use to tell me « now … you are spoiling everything again » whenever I caught him lying . I remember at a diner – he introduced me to his friends – who started to talk about all the women he had known – he was livid – in the car back home – drunk – he told me he would never introduce me to hi friends again, I was embarrassing his friends with my questions and I was spoiling everything !! Wow !!!
Apparently, i’m a God. Who knew??? My mere presence just ruins people’s lives. I had no idea I was so “special” and had magical powers. Just me standing there, nonchalant talking, and a couple beers has destroyed not only a beautiful, perfect marriage but I ruined the life of the sweetest most helpless woman to walk the face of this earth. Just because this woman marries men for money shouldn’t matter, right?
How crazy can people get? Ugh! I literally didn’t do anything but go watch some bands play with my son! My son is very impressed with my God powers. Lol!
Why is it illegal to smack people upside the head and tell em they are retarded? It would make me feel better.
I promise if I was a God or magical, I can think of a lot better things to do with my powers!
When I confronted my narc about me knowing he wears a mask and he has no feelings – he said ‘I get it. You’ve watched a documentary’.
Superior or what! Another way of not-so-covertly saying I’m stupid and I know nothing.
Sarah. I’m really sorry but that did make me laugh.
Especially when we have worked them out, learned to play them and they still think we’re the dumb ones!
Correct as in that’s what he’s doing, or correct as in I’m stupid and I knaww nuthin’, Mr Snow?
“I get it, you’ve watched a documentary.” LOL.
My narc asked me if I wanted him to disappear completely from my life (as I was telling him I know what he is and what he’s about), so I said yes. He wrote ‘done’ and blocked me on WhatsApp. I blocked him.
2 days later he text ‘have you got over your mood or do you still think I’m an evil psychopath?’ and I could see he had unblocked me. I ignored it, but I know he’s in the background, lying in wait
Sarah, I’m glad he didn’t ask you if you were on your period… I told mine I didn’t need that and he said OK I’ll leave you alone. After a while without communicating, he started the hoovers until I blocked him from everything. Like you, I know he’s lingering there, waiting for the right moment. They are like a bad horror movie, when you think you have killed the monster, it comes back to life and there’s a new sequel.
I was mostly the recipient of #1 and it’s myriad possible variations: “your feelings are yours,” “I can’t control your emotions,” “you are too sensitive,” and the invaluable show of lack of empathy: “I can’t help your hurt.”
Ironically, I find this hilarious now. I’m gonna be laughing at him and his ridiculous being until one of us dies so in the end he was right, we will always be connected.
ITS. Fuck autocorrect I hate it with a passion!
K, agreed. Starting from the fact I NEVER mean to say “duck.”
Ha ha ha….
GOSO when you know you go…there can be no change…