Found In Translation



The way that our kind speaks is a language all of its own. Narcspeak appears at first to be a normal way of speaking, with the inferences, interpretations and connotations that one would ordinarily expect when hearing phrases such as ‘I love you’ and ‘I am sorry’. You will not grasp that there is a different meaning to much of what we say to you, at least not until it is too late. Once you have mastered Narcspeak however it becomes readily apparent what is actually being conveyed to you. Understand this form of double speak from us is a useful skill to achieve. Not only will it bring clarity to what has been said to you in the past and what was really meant, it will assist in understanding how to deal with the narcissist in your life going forward, if you have occasion to interact with him or her again.

Narcspeak arises because we operate in a different reality to you. We perceive the facts differently and therefore there will be an alternative interpretation attached to what we say. We know the context of what we are saying, so that it apparently fits with the situation and the discussion, but that is purely as a consequence of our ability to mimic and to convey what should be said. We know what we actually mean when we say these things. We mean something else.

This allows us to evade any culpability at a later juncture if you try to tell us that we said something. We may deny that we said it and if we do admit it, our admission is only ever in the context of what we intend it to mean. We use these words and phrases as a cloak to what we are actually saying to you and the sooner you begin to understand what we are really telling you, the sooner you will achieve a clarity of understanding which will remove the fog of confusion and enable you to decide how best to respond.

By way of example here are a number of phrases which you will always hear with our kind and beneath is what is really being said to you.

I don’t think that it suits you

You look absolutely ridiculous


I didn’t look at anyone else the whole time I was out.

I kissed several people. I have no idea who they were.


You must believe me.

I am telling you a lie.


What are you thinking?

I am not going to tell you anything until I have worked you out first so I know what will be the right things to say to you.


Don’t you trust me?

I find your insecurities both irritating and wonderful. I am annoyed that you think you can exert control over me. I am pleased that you are anxious and I make you that way.


I promise.

I’m just going to tell you what you want to hear.


We will always be together.

You belong to me. I will pick you up and put you down as I see fit.


I cannot stop thinking about you.

You and her. Oh and her. Her as well.


You don’t understand me.

Everything I have told you is a lie so it is little wonder that you do not.


I like you.

You do what I want.


I need some time to myself.

I am spending the night with your best friend.


We are just friends.

We have slept together and we will again.


I am so confused.

I want someone else now.



We have nothing in common.

We never had, I just made it look that way.


You will always be special to me, no matter what happens.

Your fuel is well worth coming back for and that is why I have come back.


It was nothing serious.

Yes, we had sex.


I didn’t do it.

Oh yes I did.


I’d like to see you again.

You have more fuel to give me.


Let’s stay friends.

I want to establish a reason that seems credible to you for returning and hurting you.


I don’t really remember.

I know only too well, not that I am going to admit it to you.



I am broken.

I know saying this will sound good and I am feeling somewhat desperate at the moment to keep hold of you.


She meant nothing to me.

Her fuel meant everything to me. More than what yours means to me.


I must have been drunk.

I was drunk. I often am. I know what I did though because I wanted it to happen.


I am just speaking my mind.

You had better fucking listen to me.


I am not starting an argument here.

It’s fuel time


I wish I knew what to say to make you feel better.

I haven’t a clue and I don’t care.


I will change.

You are a fool.


I want to be a better person.

You are a bigger fool than I first thought.


You always make it all about you.

It should be all about me.


I’ve no idea who she is.

I have slept with at least a half a dozen times.


I don’t recognise that number.

I do. Why is she calling me when I told her not to?

I’m not with anybody.

I am but that is not standing in the way tonight.


It is all rather complicated.

It is bullshit.


I didn’t mean for that to happen.

Oh yes I did and I will do it again.



You made me do it.

I am too weak to accept responsibility.


You don’t have to if you don’t want to.



I don’t know who I am sometimes.

That sounds deep. She will love that.


I love you.

I expect you to do what I want.

I love your fuel.


14 thoughts on “Found In Translation

  1. Leigh says:

    What does it mean when a narcissist says they were/are scared? I found that after my narc disengaged and then returned, he would almost always say he was scared and that’s why he left. Sounds like bull$hit to me.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      On the basis that the individual is a narcissist, it is a Pity Play (feel sorry for the narcissist for being scared) and Provocation (cause you to defend yourself against the accusation of apparently causing the narcissist to be scared or cause you to do something to address it).

      1. Leigh says:

        Oh my gosh! This is exactly how it would play out! I would feel bad for him, apologize and try to squash his fears. I will say this, you narcissists are an intriguing bunch.

  2. Omj says:

    More more more ! This always cracks me up.
    I want to print it and put it on my fridge.
    Every week one of those come up.
    This is really helpful.

  3. E. B. says:

    Another phrase I consider to be a red flag is
    “I promise”
    “I promise you with every fibre of my being that…”

    1. Omj says:

      I used to hear “ I made a mistake” all the time – mistakes are fixeable otherwise mistakes are called choices … he does not go there with me anymore – we I don’t argue with him – very seldom now. I don’t lose my energy there. I went ballistic so many times – he was booking other woman by mistake …

  4. Me says:

    Does narcissist is conscious of that real meaning or it is in their subconscious?

    1. HG Tudor says:


      1. Me says:

        I understand the most of your examples are subconscious, but what about with
        “I don’t recognise that number.”
        “I’m not with anybody.”

        you are very conscious that you have been with somebody and know whose is it number?

        1. Omj says:

          Now he does it less with me for obvious things – he is a greater and because he knows I know – he sometimes goes on that automatic lies responses and stop when he realizes that he is talking to me.
          The other day – talking about one of his social media account – he said “ I don’t know any of these woman “ than I just said their first name and nickname – ex: THe New Jersey fake ass – and he stopped – I saw the light bulb going on .. oh yea she knows all these – we have talked about them already .
          It’s lke an automatic set default – to lie- and then – for the things he knows I know – he stops .

  5. kel says:

    I accidentally embarrassed him once when I was actually being nice. He followed me out to be private, and I said to him, I was being nice- do you just really hate me or what? He clinched his hands and said through his teeth, I hate you, I hate you so much, and then in the same voice he said, No, I love you, looked me over and went back in.

    I’m surprised though at how often he is actually honest. He’s very clever with his words when he’s evasive, and sometimes he just outright lies usually during a bunch of continuous sentences. When he cannot convince me, he’ll just end it with, You just don’t get it.

    But I like this article very much, and will translate with it from now on.

    1. Omn says:

      I get “ you don’t get it , you just don’t know how to handle people like me “

  6. Joanne says:

    Makes me ill. Good reminders. Thank you.

  7. mai51 says:

    There’s something wrong with me.
    I am dead inside.
    You shouldn’t have to fundamentally change just to accomodate me.
    Women have left before because of my temper.
    I know my words hurt, but honey, you bring out the worst in me.
    Honey, you make me want to be a better man.
    I never knew people like you existed.
    You are so special to me, I literally can’t stop thinking about you.

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