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.


11 thoughts on “Found In Translation

  1. myriflemyponynme says:

    Would be grateful if you were to publish a Narcspeak and locutions dictionary Sir.

  2. Lori H says:

    If your main supply uses the phrase “You don’t have to if you don’t want to” (because you really didn’t have to) does your kind interpret that to mean “good bye”?
    Is that why he would get whiney and ghosty, hang up or say “ok, fine I won’t” —then pout? OR
    he got a sudden, better offer each time? there’s always that.
    38 days no contact, HG thanks for the translations. Sharp.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Well done on the no contact, keep it going.

      Your comment in your question is Challenge Fuel.

  3. kaydiva3 says:

    My ex mid range narc said many of these things to me. When he discarded me he said “this is not goodbye”, even though it clearly was. Does this mean he is likely to hoover at some point? Or was he more likely just saying it to make himself appear sympathetic?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      It is never goodbye because unconsciously we regard you as our possession until death.

      Is he likely to hoover? It depends on when there is a Hoover Trigger and whether the Hoover Execution Criteria are met. The level of likelihood is affected by your no contact regime. If you would like to understand that level of risk do organise a consultation with me.

      1. FoolMe1Time says:

        This statement is true only for the IPPS, correct?

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Which statement FM1T?

          1. FoolMe1Time says:

            Do you see all appliances as possessions until death, or is it just the IPPS?

          2. HG Tudor says:

            Thank you for clarifying. All appliances.

  4. pcsands says:

    all true. i see scenarios in my mind and smh in my stupidity. i may have had a moment of clarity from him with one comment…he said: sex doesn’t mean the same thing to me as other people. i don’t get all mushy. its just sex.” then he backtracked after seeing my jaw hit the floor. time for the gaslight….he never said that….why am i trying to start something? lol

    1. Renarde says:

      That sounds extremely dreary…

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