5 Fears of the Narcissist
1. You will leave
You are our primary source of fuel, our life giver and without this precious fuel we are thrown into chaos, impending oblivion on the horizon. You signed an unwritten contract to supply us with potent and delicious fuel until we decide to the contrary. It is our decision. It is not yours. We know what we do to you, the repeated push and pull, the games, the abuse and whilst we rely on our significant powers of manipulation and your near indefatigable desire to heal, hang in there and make things work, there is always that slight doubt that perhaps this time we have gone too far? There is an iota of concern that this is the occasion where you put the pieces together and realise what you are dealing with and therefore you decide to escape us. Leaving us when we have not ensured your replacement is in place or that he or she is working to maximum efficiency places us in peril. If you leave our fuel supply has been fractured, maybe even cut off. If you leave you have wrested control away from us and this is not something that can ever countenance. If you leave you are telling us that we are not the superior being we maintain that we are, you are pouring scorn on our might and undermining our magnificence.
2. I am ignored
There are those for whom the spotlight of attention causes them to flush with embarrassment, that searing heat which makes them feel uncomfortable. That is not the case for us. Its light brings us warmth and power. We need the spotlight like plants need the sun. We bask in its brilliant blazing light and revel in the attention that comes with it as we drink deep of the fuel that is provided. Should you ever move that spotlight away from us, the icy chill of the cruel and desolate world we have been placed in becomes all too real and this wounds us. The removal of the light of attention criticises us and strikes at our core. All eyes should be directed on us, ears should be pinned back in appreciative listening of our oratory, attention should be focused on us. It is about us, not you. Whether it is just you or I, a group of friends in a bar,a family gathering or in a meeting, everyone should know that we are there and they should be reacting to our presence. We do not care how that reaction comes so long as it is laden with emotion. If you ignore us you are telling us that we are worthless and that takes us to a place that we have consigned in the depths of our minds. Never ignore us, we cannot stand for that to happen.
3. I am exposed
Whether it is the unmasking of me as a narcissist or the revelation of my abusive machinations when you do not know fully what you have become entangled with, the fear of exposure lurks within us. Of course we will react and fight against it, of course we will deny, deflect and withdraw from your treacherous behaviour in telling the world what we are. We will paint you as a liar, a crazy person and a fantasist even though, for those of us who are aware enough, the words you issue are arrows of truth that rain down upon us tearing and wounding. Whether it is exposure in terms of you, as a primary source, telling us what we are or the wider unmasking to our carefully constructed façade, we fear this happening because it hurts us, it burns and it wounds. We will fight back, we will seek our retribution against you for this most heinous act but this requires precious energy which we would much rather use in a more productive way. In the worst of cases, your revelations force us to new hunting grounds which means we must re-build our twisted empire afresh. It will rise again but we would rather not endure the agony that this entails or the effort required.
4. I grow weary
I come as a god to walk this earth, a colossus astride this planet, leading and forging ahead as my massed ranks of admirers watch on in awe and wonder. I am omnipotent, immortal and unstoppable, my power endless as I seduce, abuse and recycle. There is so much fuel to drink up and I will never stop. Yet, occasionally that scintilla of concern manifests. What if I were to lose my powers? What if the ability to seduce started to wane? What if I lost the appetite to abuse and slay? What if I said the unsayable and admitted that I am tired of this endless routine? What if I no longer had the hunger or desire to stalk my hunting grounds and wanted an end? What if I wanted to remove my demagogue’s crown and vacate the throne, my appetite diminished and senses dulled? What would I do then? I soon shake off these terrible considerations but they remain in the shadows, occasionally calling to me. I dispel them as quickly as the manifest but still they come every once in a while.
5. The creature escapes
What if as a consequence of all the above I can no longer keep the craven creature within the prison that I have constructed for it? What if one day it is able to breach the walls and emerge from the depths of is incarceration so that it surfaces, hissing and tormenting me, its once whispered threats becoming a reality. What if it takes me to the edge of the abyss and forces me to look into the great void, oblivion just a step away, the howling winds of desolation whipping around me. Sometimes and it is a rare occurrence, but when all is still and dark this thought forms in my vast mind, this awful, terrible thought as I feel the craven creature’s clawed hand against my back, ready to shove me over the edge……..
14 thoughts on “5 Fears of the Narcissist”
Knowledge is power. Thanks again H.
It appears to me that you get fake love out in the real world. Those here seem to see you and love you anyway. I guess it just isn’t as fun. Not enough excitement!
Would it be accurate to describe item #4 as a fear of healing? Of reaching a point at which you choose to discard the efficient and masterful construct in favor of descending the holy mount to join us sordid mortals in the miserable filth pit of ugly, fleshy humanity? #5 seems like maybe a more traumatic or at least less optimal way of getting there I guess, like either it’s your choice to drop into the infernal abyss of healing or it’s the creature’s decision to push you into it without your consent. Or is it that the creature would ultimately require your consent (#4) in order to finally do away with you (#5)?
Either way I really love and appreciate these more vulnerable, personal entries, thanks as always for taking the time to share them!
Hello Brynnstar, I can understand how you might interpret it in that way, but it is actually a fear of not being effective.
Relatable. Thanks for the response!
I just don’t see how you can call yourself- the real you- a craven creature. You hate the real you, you admire the pretend you. The pretend you that masquerades 24/7 isn’t somehow actually you. You might have to be a psychopath to make sense of that. If I don’t like who I am, I can change, and learn to be someone I like better. I can model myself after someone else who seems likable to everyone. If I do that, I still won’t be flawless, I’ll slip up sometimes and revert to saying something stupid like my old self. But then if I brush that off and decide it didn’t happen, that everything I do is perfect, then I’ll feel good and nothing bad can touch me. If anyone challenges me, then I’ll just cut them down, lie to them, make them feel inferior, confuse them so they shut up. I can go a step further and be charming, make everyone crave me, love me, I’ll pretend we have everything in common with each other, that we’re soul mates. I don’t have to care about them, they’re just instant fans of mine, clamoring for me, making me feel like a star, always thinking about me. I don’t have to solicit them everyday, just in the beginning, and then they’re mine, instant business every day from them.
Yes, I’d like to know more about the real you. The pretend you isn’t that great, so is the real you better or worse than that? Would I, as an empath, like real you better? Is real you a lowly empath? Pretend you is pretty childish, but real you is the little child inside? And real you feels like oblivion? It’s very complicated, and the one word that describes narcissism the most to me has always been contradiction. It’s very confusing. Maybe it’s just that I’m seeing the real you’s all the time now because none of you’s are coming off as charming anymore to me. Is the real you the jerk underneath it all – the one I deal with all the time, and the pretend you is the one that’s got everyone else fooled?
Sorry to say, but you sound like a narcissist yourself from the way you describe you
I was describing how a narcissist thinks, not how I think, to try to understand them.
ok then I get your point
Hello Kel, I hope you don’t mind my clarification, but after reading in-depth about the real self and false self (for more read the original theorist on the matter, Dr. Donald Winnicott), I believe you may have misunderstood the principal as I once did too.
The real self is the self we are born with that expresses our primal emotions (anger, fear, sadness, etc.). Our false self is developed later in response to expected behavior by external forces (behavior expected by others for acceptance). We all have both real and false selfs. The problem lies when we are not permitted to express and accept of our false self. When this is not permitted by feedback from the mother, the child fears the false self (which explains why HG calls it the craven creature) and far too quickly relies upon the false self too much. In HG’s situation (given his matrinarc and the abuse he suffered), it would be quite understandable for him to rely on the false self and this would have also been reinforced/rewarded by the matrinarc.
As for the jerk question, as part of his psychopathy, his brain is literally wired differently to positively experience the suffering of others. Non-psychopathic narcissists act mostly instinctively as part of their heavily relied upon false construct. Whether they cause pain or not is immaterial, it is more about obtaining their fuel requirements and winning (or be lost).
HG, hopefully I got this right and please correct me if I am wrong.
Further, there are many likable things about the narcissists false construct or they would never be successful at obtaining the fuel they require. So it is not so much a black or white issue. We empaths abhor manipulation and deception, but the narcissist does not. He relies upon these tools to fulfill his needs. I believe a more useful lens is that of healthy versus unhealthy. Does the behavior of any of us support ourselves and others in a healthy way or not? If abuse occurs it is not healthy.
Kel, I hope this was not out of line. I understand your viewpoint. I hope this comment is helpful. Best regards.
One additional thought: By accepting our true self, we may know that all emotions are acceptable and exist for a purpose. Doing so, we accept ourselves. This acceptance removes our fears of the true self. The false self then can be used for appropriateness in our actions versus a construct for avoidance of pain.
Very well written. I think the same exact way. I’m on a mission. Slowly putting myself in the narc position so I know exactly how to get my money back. I know secrets that I think can destroy him until I get my $. I just have to learn how to put him in a place of surrender until I get it but honestly I’m afraid to but that emotion of fear is slowly making me stronger!
You have never been able to trust.
I pray one day you feel that emotion that not everybody wants to hurt you or destroy you or leave you or expose you. I understand that this is all you’ve ever known but you are evolving and your self awareness is magnificent!
Wow, your reply is wow 😮