Why The Narcissist Views In Black And White Only



We all like to attach labels to people. People do it instinctively in respect of someone who they have just met, someone they have read about, a person they have known for a long time or someone they have seen on television. It is rare for someone to say that they do not have a view or an opinion about someone. Examples might include: –

“He’s a dependable chap, always there when you need him.”

“He’s a funny looking fellow.”

“She is very catty.”

“She is stunning looking.”

“A complete attention seeker.”

“A genius musician.”

“Really annoys me, I don’t know what it is but he does.”

Those are just classifications based on looks and personality. One can classify somebody by race, religion, birthplace, occupation, gender and so much more. Labels are used all the time as people are placed into boxes and compartments. Our kind do the same, but we differ in a fundamental way. We have an instant classification of people which is very straight forward. We will place people into further categories after this initial categorisation often using labels you would not and then we may well attach additional labels similar to the ones you use. What is this initial categorisation? It is simple.

A person is either good or bad. That person is either with us or against us. They either do what we want or they do not. There are no ifs and maybes about these classifications. There is no grey with us when it comes to deciding into which camp someone should be placed. You are either white or black. You cannot be light grey, mid-grey or dark grey. We do not do the middling; it is one or the other. Let me give you some examples of those around me at the current time.

Julia (my boss) – Good

My mother – Bad

Paul (a lieutenant of longstanding) – Good

Andrea (predecessor primary supply) – Bad

Rachael(sister) – Good

Eric (colleague) – Good

Tania (lieutenant) – Good

Lesley (It Girl) – Bad

Elizabeth (litigious former girlfriend) – Bad

Phillip (lieutenant) – Good

Colin (competitor at work) – Bad

Not one of them am I indifferent to. You should be aware that this categorisation is based on my view of them irrespective of their behaviour towards me. Lesley for instance responded to a hoover a little while back and still messages me with pleasant comments from time to time. I play along as I am a far from finished with her but she is a bad person because of what she has done and moreover I know she will be looking for an opportunity to unseat me and seek some form of revenge over me as a consequence of my repeated thwarting of her ambitions. I know her game.

These categorisations are fluid. In fact, they are extremely fluid with some people, usually our intimate partners, especially the Intimate Partner Primary source, but it will apply to secondary sources also (be they intimate, family, colleagues and/or friends). We will switch in an instant from black to white and to black once again. There is no slow change over time, there is no strand of white amidst the black. If you try to bring up the good things that you have done for us when we are attacking you in some way (as you are now viewed as black) you will be challenging us and therefore our first line of defence ( see The Narcissist’s Twin Lines of Defence ) will kick in and we will deny that you ever did any of those things for us – which only confuses you further and is how the gaslighting occurs. Remember, the Lesser and Mid-Range do this always by instinct and does not see the inconsistency or the contrarian behaviour . The Greater does so with some instinct but also calculation and is aware of the contradictions but we do not care.

You may begin as a good person when I wake-up but by breakfast you are a bad person. Sometimes you will be utterly unaware of why your status has altered and it may appear capricious and arbitrary but it is not; you will have done something or failed to do something which has shifted your classification. Most often it is linked to your failure to provide me with fuel and therefore you will be designated a bad person and subjected to treatment in accordance with such a status; devaluation and denigration. Conversely, one can also move from bad to good in the blink of an eye. You won’t necessarily realise why this is, but we do. It is entirely logical to us.

Your status as either white or black is also affected by other movements in our fuel matrix, often ones you have no idea about. Accordingly, you may be busting a gut to please us, thinking you are doing all of the things that we apparently like, allowing us our own way and being compliant but it is not working – you cannot shift from being viewed as black. This is because when you are painted black, everything you do is viewed through that filter. Whereas once we delighted in your status as a board director at a listed company, we now lambast you saying you think more of your job than you do of us. We once praised your signature dish but now we say it is bland and uninspired. This occurs because you have done or not done something, you have been painted a black and furthermore there is someone else in the fuel matrix who is outshining you, they are seen as white and despite your best endeavours to try to return to our favour, you are failing because that white status is ascribed to someone else.

All of a sudden we treat you favourably and you wonder why this has happened, perhaps you did something right for once. It is more to do with someone else behaving in a way so that they become black and therefore in order to maintain contrast (and with it the freshness of the fuel) you become white once again. The difficulty you have is that you often think this shift is because of something you have done, for instance, you bought us tickets to a particular event. Thus, when you find yourself black, you try a similar move to return to white, but for reasons explained above, it fails and you are left bewildered as to why it did not work this time.

As I mentioned once we have classified you as good or bad, we will classify you further, usually linked to the fuel you provide and how under our control you are. After that we will use similar labels to you – an interesting, handsome person and so on. Thus, take Paul my longstanding side kick. He is naturally a good person but I also regard him as a very good source of fuel, a highly reliable source of fuel and completely under my control, loyal and dedicated. My mother is a bad person. Whilst she is a good source of fuel for her emotional outbursts and temper tantrums, she is only fairly reliable. I have little control over her, she is a traitor and scheming to dethrone me, she has no concept of loyalty and is actively plotting against me. Thus whilst she may provide fuel the other factors cause her to be placed in the bad classification. I do not consider her to be grey just because she provides fuel but cannot really be controlled.

Why do we regard people in this manner? Why is it that we cannot take a holistic view of them? For instance, one might suggest that with the ex-girlfriend Lesley that she at one point was loving, dedicated and did much for me. Yes, she became a broken appliance and let me down, she also caused affront to me for which she must be repeatedly punished. She continues to try to be pleasant to me. Do I not look at this myriad of attributes and factors (plus more besides) and place her on some kind of spectrum between good and bad? No I do not. Why?

In order to drive forward and also to defend ourselves it has to be an all or nothing approach. You are viewed as wonderful, amazing, loyal and functioning – therefore we interact with you in a committed and dedicated manner (for instance the love bombing which occurs with regard to those we seduce intimately) so that we are able to extract the maximum amount of fuel and keep you bound to us through the application of benign behaviours. This applies to all appliances – from spouse to lover to friends. Should you wound or challenge us, our self-defence mechanism which is narcissism must provide an absolute defence. To deploy this you cannot be viewed as grey, you cannot be seen in a wish-washy way, you have become the enemy so that all defences can be mobilised with suitable aggression and application to draw fuel to heal the wound or to quash your challenge and assert our superiority once again. This sudden shift from white to black to white again is a necessary device to enable us to function. We cannot do half-measures for if we did, this would result in indecision, a less than total approach and this would lead to reduced fuel, ineffective healing of wounding and partial suppression of challenges and all of that reduces our effectiveness and diminishes our control on the world around us. This then makes us feel worthless, insignificant and unimportant and returns us to a place where we must not ever go again.

This lack of object constancy, the fact we forget all about the good things you have done for us in an instant as you are painted black is bewildering for those who are ensnared by us, but it is entirely necessary for us to function, thrive and survive. The response must be total, it must be instantaneous and it must give us the maximum prospect of success whilst leaving you confused, stunned, bewildered, providing fuel and remaining under our control.

You should have learned by now that because we look at the world through a different lens to you, there are many things that you will do (which you will not be aware about) which cause us to oscillate from regarding you as good to bad and then back to good, often in the space of an hour or less. This is all based on how we perceive your compliance to be. During our seduction of you, you are only ever a good person because you represent that wonderful potent source of positive fuel which we desire. You represent the prospect of an undimmed source unlike the bad person we are devaluing and about to discard. You always respond positively to our overtures, our love-bombing and you give us what we want. Hence you remain a good person. Those who are in our coterie, our lieutenants and those who form our façade remain good people. Challenge us, defy us or even worse see through us and you are challenging our need for superiority and self-worth and you must automatically be designated as a bad person, irrespective of what may have come before, that would create a more complex view. You failed to do what we want; you are a bad person. You then change and do what we want, you become a good person. It is a simple and necessary classification that we utilise.

Accordingly, everything is either good or bad with our kind. Admittedly, though it usually turns ugly as well….

28 thoughts on “Why The Narcissist Views In Black And White Only

  1. Slowly says:

    I wonder if during my escape I painted my (mid range) narc black. Is this me harnessing my inner narcissistic qualities or is he in fact, black?

  2. alexissmith2016 says:

    Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay (K), where is the George Michael convo?

    1. K says:

      Ha ha ha…is this the thread?


      Don’t forget to use the short cut Control+F/Command+F (mac) key word: george michael.

    2. K says:

      You don’t need the shortcut; the comments are located at the top of the thread.

      1. alexissmith2016 says:

        Hahahha thank you K x

        1. K says:

          My pleasure, alexissmith2016!

  3. J.G THE ONE says:

    Hello, H.G.Tudor.
    I was white for a decade and then I classify myself as black.
    Today, I choose to be black that’s the difference. To take this color yourself that you also consciously feel is really liberating. First of all because black doesn’t like anything at all so it unconsciously avoids me and therefore the automatic hoover bar is elevated. By the way this color favors me so much.

  4. evilmuskhat says:

    You have no respect for truth and total respect for your own ego. Am I correct?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Define truth. My truth or your truth? They are different things which serve different needs.

      1. evilmuskhat says:

        I’m talking out objective reality when I say, “truth”. I’m not talking about either of our subjective perceptions or interpretations of that reality.

        1. SMH says:

          Evilmuskhat, Are you referring to material reality or to any kind of reality that exists outside of our minds? What sort of reality?

          Is your avatar Ted Bundy?

          1. evilmuskhat says:

            SMH, I mean objective facts, not subjective opinions. I probably shouldn’t have posted my question on this article because it was meant as a general question, not related to the article itself.
            Yes, my avatar is indeed Theodore Robert Bundy, my favourite serial killer.

          2. SMH says:

            Evil, That doesn’t really answer my question – maybe I did not pose it correctly. But HG will argue even about material reality. I have tried to convince him – with no success. Of course it is a contradictory position because he is trying to teach us the objective facts of narcissism. But narcissists are contrary, so it is impossible to argue. Can’t say I have a favourite serial killer.

          3. shesaw says:

            Evilmuskhat, we ‘know’ from research that objective reality doesn’t exist as a thing in itself. Well, maybe it does, but the fact that our perception is fragmented/restricted makes that we see different things when we look at the same item/happening. Our focus determines what we ‘see’ and what escapes our awareness :


            So, when talking about ‘objective reality’, what we really do is compare our own awareness of that ‘objective reality’ with someone else’s awareness. That complicates the discussion about the nature of ‘truth’, and it makes it basically impossible to NOT consider subjective perceptions or interpretations of reality when talking about objective reality.

            What do you consider ‘objective reality’?

            And what makes Ted Bundy your favourite serial killer?

          4. SMH says:

            Well said, Shesaw, but I stand by my observation that HG is trying to teach us the truth of narcissism. It is about as objectively real as mathematics. Therefore, to claim that there is no truth is contradictory. On some level he (and we) must accept that there is an objective reality/truth. That we cannot accept this, and continue to question the truth, is why we go around in circles with our narcs.

          5. shesaw says:

            SMH, so sorry, I read your comment only now. I get random notifications, not all.

            Yes, it is quite possible that objective reality exists, but everyone has it’s personal, restricted idea about it. We all look through a limited (time, space) lense.
            By studying, exchanging views, questioning, etc. about what is known to us, we expand our view and broaden our awareness. But it we allways be limited (time, space, capacity) and incomplete.

            HG is, if you depart from this idea, teaching us HIS truth/awareness about narcissism. Since he studied it so extensively, he has a very broad awareness of it, and that’s why so many people see so many similarities with their personal narcissist-experience when they read his books etc.

            There is still a possibility though that narcissists only or partly exist in our awareness, not in objective reality (outside of us). But that would be a very theoretical discussion.

            A large group of people throughout the world have similar experiences with narcissism, which as such is also seen as ‘truth’. If that’s what you mean, and HG being an influencer/opinion leader, (many people confirming what he teaches) then that would still not be objective, but a largely shared awareness comes closer to the idea of objectivity indeed.

            (I also lost track of our other exchange, btw. Sorry for being subjected to wordpress 🙂 )

          6. SMH says:

            Shesaw, Not a problem. I sometimes forget which conversations I have had on which topics. HG speaks of ‘facts’ in some of his posts (one I just read) but one could argue that it doesn’t matter whether objective reality exists or not. What matters is that we believe it exists, that HG believes that it exists, which I believe is basically in keeping with what you are saying.

          7. shesaw says:

            I believe I agree 😀

          8. SMH says:

            hahaha. then you do!

          9. nunya biz says:

            I love these posts, shesaw, and tends to be how I see things philosophically. Thank you for your eloquence. I enjoyed the video : )

        2. evilmuskhat says:

          “What do you consider ‘objective reality’?”

          That which can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, using the scientific method.

          “And what makes Ted Bundy your favourite serial killer?”

          I find his whole story fascinating, even the fact that he escaped twice.
          The fact that he was like a chameleon. Even when he had the same hairstyle I think he looks like a totally different person depending on the expression he has or the angle the photograph was taken. If I had to identify him based on the photographs I’ve studied, I wouldn’t be certain. I find this very strange and intriguing and a rare quality indeed.
          I recently watched the new documentary on Netflix and it was extremely interesting to me to hear him talk about what was in his mind, albeit in the third person.
          His pyschopathic stare.

          Those are the first few reasons that came to mind.

          1. shesaw says:

            Evilmuskhat, agreed on objective reality, with a sidenote that it all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

            Ted Bundy I find intriguing too, for his capacity to play with reality and make people doubt their observations. ‘Favourite’ would not characterise how I look at him. It made me feel a bit confused, so thank you for explaining that to me!

        3. shesaw says:

          Thank you, Nunya for your lovely comment. It feels like a relief to me to receive your empathic compliment after having been used to the flat flattery of Nex.

          Thinking things through helps me deal with so many issues, it’s a real blessing to be even able to think : )
          Yes, the video is amazing, isn’t it? It is the most convincing evidence of our restricted awareness that I know of. I really like it.

          1. nunya biz says:

            Your welcome, shesaw. Thinking things through and understanding all of it for me helps stop some of the emotional spinning, which can turn into an out of control spiral very easily.
            I really also enjoy thinking about all of the things I don’t know. Consciousness is amazing.

    2. PrincessSuperEmpath says:

      Evil: Most people can not handle the truth, remember. The truth also is composed of the fact that we are not living in an utopia. Bad things happen, and no one is: not guilty. That is the truth, as well. However, we all are growing, or some call it evolving or devolving. To become better or worse, according to what we decide is best according to our ultimate goals. Some of us will succeed and some of us will fail in fitting in enough, or growing enough to remain free, at least. But we all are changing. And, the higher our cognizant function, the more chance we have to embrace Truth. All of the Truth: That we can handle. Because, we all hide from some aspects of the Truth. The Truth Is. All of it. And the truth can hurt and cause damage. Especially, too much Truth than a person can handle at any given time.

      1. evilmuskhat says:

        PrincessSuperEmpath, I agree with you. Most can’t handle the truth and have a subconscious self defense mechanism that protects them from very painful facts. Quite similar to narcissism it seems, but not to the same extreme level.

        1. PrincessSuperEmpath says:

          Evil: It is neither necessary nor healthy nor possible for anyone to know ALL truth. We do not have (1) total recall of the past, and (2) we can barely manage the present, and (3) we do not know the future, even whether or not we will awaken alive tomorrow. All Truth contains knowledge of all three: the past and the present and the future. Much knowledge brings much sorrow. We do the best we can with what we know and understand on our own schedule. With what we do think we know, correctly or not, sometimes we still choose to stay on the merry go round, and sometimes we just jump off. Sometimes we just freeze in place for a while in indecision. Also, We make wagers. We take chances. We have beliefs. And, then we throw it all in the ring. Sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose.

  5. Kelly says:

    Yes, this is exactly it. What a wonderful thing it would be, to be able to live in the moment with no past or future worries. If only the narc had a heart and the ability to bask in such a peaceful place as the present moment, instead of being so cold, manipulative and unhappy.

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