The Greater Narcissist
This is a Greater Narcissist. There is much to write about the Greater, but for now, a snapshot shall have to suffice. We have met Lee the Lesser and Malcolm the Mid-Ranger. There are lots of Lees and Malcolms. Lots of them. In fact most people who have ascertained that they have been ensnared by a narcissist will have entangled with either a Lee or a Malcolm. This is Greg, Greg the Greater, a rare beast indeed.
“Hello, what was that?” asks Greg.
“Hello Greg, I was just explaining that you are a rare beast indeed.”
“Oh completely, how good of you to notice and may I say just how delightful you look today, you have done something different with your hair haven’t you, it really suits.”
I cannot help but smile and look pleased at this remark. I know I shouldn’t but this is the problem with the Greater, they are ever so charming and before you know what has happened one has given them some fuel, told them something they wanted to hear or agreed to do what they want.
The Greater exhibits considerable charm. Charm is one of his prevalent weapons. With the Lesser it is raw aggression, with the Mid-Ranger it is the ability to draw sympathy, but with the Greater he uses charm to achieve what he wants.
His charm manifests in many ways. Courteous, polite, amusing, well-read, urbane, complimentary and attentive. But this charm is a combination of considerable intelligence, confidence and planning. Out of all of the three schools of narcissist, the Greater knows the benefit of planning and scheming. He is always gathering information, storing it away, logging it for later or immediate use.
“You are the master at gathering information aren’t you Greg?”
“How very kind of you to say so and I cannot deny that,” he responds with that slow and engaging smile of his. See how he holds my gaze, boring deep inside of me? Of course he is just reflecting back at me what I want to see, after all, he is an expert in the art of seduction. He is an expert in most things, he has to be, the world cannot be afforded any glimpse of weakness, any hint of the loss of his control. He must project an image of success at all times.
Greg knows that the foundation of his success lies in planning and preparation.
“Greg, what is your view about preparation?” I ask.
“Every battle is won before it is ever fought,” he responds in a matter of fact. He is deadly serious. To him, every engagement in his life is a form of battle. Every person he interacts with, every situation he faces, every scenario he is engaged in – all of them are battles and he has to win every one. Even if he appears to lose, he will have allowed that to happen for the sake of a future win.
Greg knows that to forge his rightful and entitle path through life he must secure these victories and win. He does so by ensuring he knows his enemy. Everybody qualifies to be an enemy because the Greater knows that the world is against him and if he gives any quarter, this cruel and heartless world will seek to topple him. He may be a Greater but the wariness and paranoia applicable to all narcissists is just as applicable to him. Greg understands that he has to know who he is dealing with and this means gathering intelligence.
By the way, than unflinching stare has remained focussed on me. The attention from this handsome individual is both unnerving yet oddly engaging. He uses his eyes a lot. Do not think however that when he is staring at you, mirroring your own desires, so you become trapped like a deer in the headlights that this is all he is doing. No, not at all. He is evaluating, considering his next move, what to say next, gauging how I will respond. The Greater’s mind is always whirring, thinking about the next move, ascertaining how to seize the most appropriate advantage. Normal people would find it exhausting but not the Greater for he, among all of the narcissistic brethren has the greater energy levels. This of course means he has the highest demands for fuel but he is also the most effective at gathering this fuel. This effectiveness manifests in two ways. The first is the methodology applied and the second is the range of appliances at his disposal.
The Greater has the widest range of manipulations at his disposal. He is well-practised and able to match, with considerable accuracy, the best forms of manipulation to his victims. Of course he relies on understanding his appliances, knowing what they like and dislike in detail and achieves this through extensive information gathering through his own questions, the use of Lieutenants, conducting background searches and so on. He has had many victims and therefore knows how certain types of person are likely to respond to certain manipulations. Admittedly, he will not get is right every single time, but his error rate is very low indeed. His effectiveness is heightened through how driven he is. He must succeed, be the best, be the sparkling diamond at the centre of the crown. Leader in his field. Champion. Conqueror.
Like a master artisan, he selects only the finest materials (victims) on which to work and then he applies his deft touch through carried manipulations from his Devil’s Toolkit. All of this is done enveloped in charm. He has people do things because they want his praise, his approval, his largesse, his friendship and is love.
The Greater also has extensive fuel networks on which he relies. Unlike the Lesser who has a narrow fuel base or the Mid-Ranger who has a wider one with numerous appliances, the Greater has an extensive and impressive network. Let’s find our more from Greg.
“Hey Greg, who is warming your bed at present?”
“Why are you interested?” he asks as he places a hand gentle on my arm.
“Oh this is professional purposes only, “ I respond trying to rebuff him, but the hand remains unmoved. He is confident and assured.
“I am ever the professional.”
“I am sure that is the case, but tell me, who is on the arm of Greg?”
“I have a girlfriend at present.”
“Just the one?”
“Yes, but there are others, certain ladies who know me well who I can call on if I need to.”
Those are his intimate partner secondary sources, his friends with benefits and booty calls.
“Four,” he replies without hesitation.
“What about your friends?”
“I have six guys I regularly knock around with, plus two good female friends.”
Those are his inner circle.
“Then maybe another twenty or so people I know well through golf, football, the pub, you know, I see them every so often.”
Those are his outer circle. More secondary appliances.
“What about work and family Greg?”
“Well I head up a department at work so I have a team of eight working for me and I am on good terms with the other directors.”
More secondary sources there through colleagues.
I let him continue as he explains how he is well regarded by his family (more secondary sources), his neighbours, people in his community, the people he knows through a charity he is a trustee of (lots of tertiary sources). His network of fuel appliances is vast and he can rely on it regularly to ensure that his considerable fuel needs are catered for. It is rare to find a Greater running short of fuel.
The Greater knows what he is. His higher cognitive function allows him an awareness. He may know that he is a narcissist, since it has been pointed out to him and his increased cognitive function means he can understand and relate to it. Of course, he knows not to admit this to anybody, unless he sees a distinct advantage in doing so. In some instances he may not know that he is a narcissist but he certainly knows that he is different from other people. He knows he is special, talented and destined for continued greatness. He knows that it is necessary for him to control his environment and people, for if he does not do so, he feels weakness gnawing at him, unease and the threat of the loss of his superiority. He knows that he must maintain this edifice that he has built and this is done through having people react to him. He may not know it as fuel, but he knows how important it is for people to respond to him. He knows he must receive admiration and anger, love and loathing, adoration and abhorrence. These power him and allow him to achieve the things he knows he is entitled to. He recognises he does wrong, but does not care. He knows he has no conscience, no sense of guilt, he knows he has a reduced emotional repertoire because from years of observing and listening – as opposed to just doing as the Lesser and Mid-Ranger does – he has learned what he does not feel, not that it concerns him in any way.
Greg knows that charm, manipulation and persuasion are they key attributes to staying number one and having people do as he wants. He wants to own people, make them his, subsume them into him and he understands why this must happen, because it makes him all the more powerful, all the more effective and all the more able to keep his creature locked away and never heard. Greg knows that his Machiavellian nature, his duplicitous nature and slavish devotion to the doctrine of the ends always justifying the means, results in him staying on top of the pile. He is proud of his orchestrations, his status as Supreme Puppet Master. He knows that people are there to do his bidding, to be moved where he wants them to go, to carry out his wishes and best of all, they often do not even realise that they are doing it.
Of course, Greg is no fool and understands that when the velvety caress of his subtle manipulations is not working, then the iron fist must be deployed. He has no reluctance to dole out his innate wickedness. He will ensure that this is either done through a proxy or if it must be by his hand, then he will reduce the risk of retribution and consequence to him. He evaluates. When that apparently loving gaze becomes the inky dark stare of malice, the whirring mind is plotting to ensure a most malevolent outcome for those that cross him. Whilst the Lesser and the Mid-Ranger will act with malice, theirs is nothing to the concentrated vitriol that the Greater possesses and will unleash when he deems it appropriate. This is another factor which sets him apart from his brethren ; the sheer evil that he is capable of and that will be readily applied in order to preserve his position.
The Greater will pursue for longer, hoover harder, use more energy, charm more fiercely, devalue with scathing intensity and channelling the vast amount of fuel he can draw on from the extensive fuel network, this powers this effective machine as he achieves his machinations. The Greater calculates the impact of his words, either to seduce or to devalue. He assesses the likely responses of those he wishes to control and the likely benefit for him. For him there can be no end, the games must always continue and he must always be wining and be seen to be winning.
The Greater may often be hard to detect because he is most capable of exhibiting cognitive empathy. He has studied and knows how to mimic with considerable conviction, but this is not a perfected art. He will be prone to those pauses when he is ascertaining his best response and that sudden frozen look will appear, albeit momentarily. The Greater is also hard to detect because he will engage in what appear to be good works. The Lesser is self-centred in a brutal and demanding manner, the Mid-Ranger is self-centred in a sulky, feel-sorry-for-me style but the Greater, well the Greater will show generosity, be charitable and appear to exhibit kindness. He will hold positions of authority, trust and responsibility. They are put part of the carefully constructed façade on which he relies more than any other type of narcissist. He builds this façade, cements it and uses it repeatedly. His apparent good works are but a veneer of respectability which are either:-
1. Committed because there will be a distinct gain arising from this act in due course – for example, lending someone money to then have them repay him through actions and loyalty ; or
2. Part of furnishing the façade and thus a worthy sacrifice for the maintenance of this artifice.
Be in no doubt that this apparent sugary surface coats a venal and vicious individual who will never stop in the pursuit of victory. Cruel, perverse and utterly self-serving, behind that engaging smile and warm handshake is a cold and calculating mind.
Of course Greg would never admit to any weakness, unless as usual, he saw an advantage in doing so, but he has them. Like all of his kind he hates criticism. It burns and wounds and he uses his considerable control to keep his fury under control. Furthermore, the innate confidence and superiority that Greg has means that an objective observer will regard him as not necessarily appreciating certain risks to the extent that he might. Naturally, Greg would reject such a suggestion as failing to understand, however, there is an over-confidence which exists, which might, not always, but might lead to occasional difficulties for Greg the Greater, although of course he is equipped to address those difficulties using his customary charm, malice and manipulation.
13 thoughts on “The Greater Narcissist”
HG, are most cult leaders Greaters?
Not that Harvey Weinstein is a Greater, but he is nevertheless a Narcissist. Why is it that when most narcissist celebrities who are at trial for crimes try to rush in an out of there to defend their pride, and not be seen. But some narcissist like Harvey, make a public statement looking 90 years old, bald/grey hair + using a Walker and walking in and out of the court building slow as can be? Isn’t that embarassing to the Somatic narcissist?
1. Narcissist´s do not suffer embarrassment.
2. It depends on the type of Somatic narcissist AND remember the need for control and fuel is paramount and in certain instances if that means deviating from being seen as Mr Lover Man and instead being seen as Mr Feeble Man then the narcissism will cause that to happen. Ernest Saunders of the Guinness Four is a narcissist who used apparent feebleness (Alzheimer´s) to effect his freedom from prison. On release he miraculously recovered from “Alzheiemer´s”.
E Saunders must have loved the neurologist referring to him as having an abnormally small brain for a man his age, but hey, it worked.
Ha ha, indeed, that always entertained me. One narcissist commenting about another I suspect.
1. HG – do Ns suffer anything akin to embarrassment? shame perhaps? and can they blush?
See the book “Your Fault”.
Thanks. I didn’t know about this one?? sinner! I’ll purchase it now.
Can they blush though?
His narcissism blinds his ability to be embarrassed. In his mind he’s achieving control.
The Greater, the rare beast, has the kvorka.
I think I have a greater sucking the life out of me right now. Lets call him LB. This is what has prompted me to research narcissism , because I’ve never met anyone like LB. The charm. The charm is so thick I can’t even begin to explain it. When I point it out he says, “no, Boo, I’m just a dog trainer.” Ive never let any of these “lower” narcissists fool me or fool me long before I lose my temper and drop them like a hot potato. I don’t like assholes and I don’t like giving them any of my kindness, they don’t deserve it. But LB. Wow, LB. He is truly something unique and for months I was charmed like Ive never been before. Shoot its been a year and I’m still getting hovered by text as I’m typing this out RIGHT NOW…I was buoyant to be in his presence. BUT, during the love-bombing phase, I was observing what an ass he was to other people and how fake he was to everyone with his charm. Saying the same things to different people. This was really bothering me. Generally, I can take a lot of shit but I don’t like it when I see others that don’t deserve it get shit on. Puts me off of the attacker even if he is nice to me. I’m like the freaking justice league in this area. So I started changing my opinion of LB.
I’ve always been very observant. This skill set was cultivated and perfected in order to prevent the ultimate beast (my mother) from lashing out. (no new tale to tell LOVE AND ROCKETS!) I’ve always been pretty blunt with this greater about my observations of him. I do point this out to him (in a nonthreatening way) and I do know he enjoys letting me tell him these things because he often leans back and chuckles while looking at me like I’m a child. It feeds his ego because most of the things I tell him are about how charming and cunning he is. He has currently started telling me things that might or might not be true but they are a true insight to just what a jerk this guy is. Things about how he will toy with someone and how funny it is to watch them squirm. He will tell me lots of ways that he has gotten revenge on different people or tell me what he did to charm others. For some reason he thinks I appreciate this??? I don’t know why but he tells me with such pride but also he has started asking me to remind him of certain lies he has said to other people! WTF. He has really grown quite comfortable with me.
Well, today I tried something new based on what I’m reading from HG. LB wants me to do him lots of favors all the time.(surprise surprise) I was really mad at him on Friday so I withheld a favor for him. LB decided I needed to be punished so he ignored me for a bit. Today, knowing that I need to be around him all week got me thinking shit, I need to give him some positive fuel in order to make this week easier. I sent him a text that I was working on his favor and I was sorry for being so mean to him on Friday. He waited an hour and decided to call me. He immediately started asking me about the favor and wanting to see it.
So here is where it gets creepy to the ordinary person and to me honestly. I said, okay, LB. I’m waiting for that magic phrase. He said what, boo? I said, you know the one that makes me want to keep doing nice things for you. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE JUST SAYS WITHOUT HESITATION? He says, which one, Boo, I have a whole folder of phrases just for you depending on what you need. I said, okay the one that says, thank you youre so great. LB immediately went into the charm mode throwing out all that crap thank you I’m so wonderful, what would he do without me and my help. Blah blah blah. I mean wow, like I’m seriously allowing LB to manipulate me because I know he does and LB just easily said okay. And the fucked up part of the whole situation is that that thick syrupy charm still feels so good…..regardless that it is not real, simply autopilot.
He did come over and he did bully me about the favor to be done the way he wanted. He still had to control me. But now, I’m better equipped to just suck it up make him happy and know I’m doing it for the help I need from him . Before I just couldn’t do “nice” things for him because I just hate giving a jerk what he wants and that was damaging our relationship. he wasn’t going to change and I need him for help in my field. Now, to make things better, I’m just giving him what he wants and know that in my heart I’m doing it without being “fooled” but for MY own selfish reasons. For this, I thank HG. I’m starting to hone in on my own narcissist traits and using them to my advantages now.
Yes, that’s him. The great destroyer.