The Narcissist and The Power of Pain



My mind has always applied itself to how I can exert control over other people. I understand now that it commenced doing this unconsciously, that is the very nature of narcissism. However, I also gained an awareness of how fundamental power is to me, how I need it, how I want it and how I can use it. I recognised that having power made me feel powerful, immense, gargantuan in presence and application and that I could not stand to be without it. Of course this all stemmed from my utter need (like all of my kind) for control at all times. I did not know of this particular need initially.

It is clear I developed an unconscious need for control and power. Unlike most of my kind, this then evolved into a conscious need for control and power and thus allied with a natural lack of empathy, immense intelligence and sadistic streak I took notice of the ways in which I could actively and purposefully achieve control and power.

This control had to be over everything – the environment around me and of course that meant the people within that environment.

I had to control people. I absolutely had to.

By applying control I get them to do what I want and this will enable me to obtain fuel from them. I witnessed at an early stage the power of pain and this formed in my mind an indelible reason to utilise it in order to gain and maintain control.

I do not recall precisely how old I was but I do recall that I had not yet started secondary school so I must have been under the age of twelve. There was a group of us children that played together and it was during a particular summer that we had been engaged in some kind of game in the fields near to where we all lived. The fields and the small river which ran through them with the occasional copse made for an exciting environment in which we could play out invented games. From battles between armies, to tales of fantasy involving orcs and elves through to pretending to be astronauts on an undiscovered planet, we made full use of the space that we were afforded.

I recall that one hot afternoon we had been engaged in a game which involved a battle and one of our group, a boy called Jonathan had been the general. He was not very good and he had made a series of stupid decisions that meant our side lost the battle. I was determined not to lose the war and I proposed that I should now be the general and it should be me who organised our troops. He was a whiny child who began to bleat about how I was often the general and it was his turn today. He explained his turn was to last all day. I grew irritated by his desire to remain in place as the general and a calamitous one at that. How dare he assume the mantle of greatness when it was patently clear that he was not up to the task? How dare he lead us to slaughter and defeat? I was not happy but despite my protests he would not stand down. The other side had long since departed across the other side of the fields and were awaiting the shot for battle to be joined. Our troops had been dispatched to various locations leaving just Jonathan and I at the rear. I was furious with him. My rage at his idiocy was burning inside of me and as he stood on the rock from which the general always directed our troops, since it afforded a good view across the meadow I moved besides him. With a violent shove I pushed him from the rock and he fell into a clump of stinging nettles that had grown next to the rock. He howled in pain as the first stings took effect and wearing a t-shirt and shorts, his exposed limbs and face fell prey to the vicious stings of the nettles. He cried out and jumped up trying to move free of the nettles but as he neared the edge I gave him another shove and sent him tumbling back into the midst of them causing him to cry out again. With tears streaming down his face and arms showing the welts from the repeated stings he tried to emerge again and once more I pushed him back into the stinging nettles. I did this again and then once again until with face red and swollen he decided against trying to get past me and stumbled through the nettles, wincing and whimpering as he took another route. I watched him leave until all that could be heard was his juddering sobbing. I climbed onto the rock and from there took control of our troops and directed them to a stunning victory.

Jonathan’s father later attended at our house. I saw him striding up the path with Jonathan in tow, his father incandescent with anger. I stood at the top of the stairs and listened as he thundered and shouted but he did not breach our porch. My mother barred his way and I could not hear her voice but I knew that she would be keeping him in his place with her steely tones and flinty looks. Eventually Jonathan and his father walked away back down the path and I watched their family retreat for the second time that day.

There was no punishment from my mother. Nothing was said to me at all. In her usual fashion she had dealt with the matter. I know not what she said but she made no mention of it to me. This was her way of dealing with such matters.

I continued to play with the group and with Jonathan. Every time he looked at me I could see the pain in his eyes just as I had that day when I had pushed him repeatedly into the stinging nettles. He never asked to be general again and was always the first to suggest that I be appointed as leader of our troops. He had experienced pain doled out by me and he knew what to do thereafter. I also knew what power could be derived from such pain. It was a lesson in learning an instrument of manipulation.

I was learning. Pain equalled power.

I was finally righting the wrongs and power was THE instrument by which this would be achieved.

15 thoughts on “The Narcissist and The Power of Pain

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  2. Asp Emp says:

    “I was finally righting the wrongs and power was THE instrument by which this would be achieved”

    The wording is apt when it is applied to empowerment of others to achieve the freedom to understand their minds & emotions.

  3. Sweetest Perfection says:

    The infamous nettle! Ouch.

  4. melinda rustemeyer melinda rustemeyer says:

    I bet I have question t g tudor will not be ble to answer

    1. HG Tudor says:

      T G Tudor won’t be able to answer it. HG Tudor will though.

  5. JB says:

    HG, I’m curious to know why you think your mother never said anything to you about what had happened. Do you think she was defending you, saying the boy had got it wrong and you had nothing to do with it?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      That was her method of the assertion of control.

      1. JB says:

        Control through silent treatment/refusal to talk, to keep you guessing and wondering what she had said?

    2. Asp Emp says:

      JB, maybe “mother’ never said anything” – as HG has responded – assertion of control. I’d thought about this myself at the time this article was posted and said to myself – ‘mother’ didn’t say anything because she would be handing ‘power’ to HG and effectively lose her ‘control’ over the situation. Then again, ‘mother’ would have been seeing this through her ‘perspective’. Maybe she did actually say something to the boy’s parent – a second ‘appliance’ being ‘controlled’.

      1. JB says:

        Asp Emp, I presume it was to control HG through keeping him guessing?

        1. Asp Emp says:

          JB, yes, correct on your words “to control HG” but not to keep him guessing – it’s about control. As she is not an aware narcissist (lucky HG to have ‘power’ over her on that one) – she’d be acting through her instincts (not from a mother’s perspective, from a narcissist’s perspective).

    3. NarcAngel says:

      We have learned here narcissists see their children as extensions of themselves, so in that sense she can be seen as defending herself and not HG.

      1. JB says:

        NA, true. The idea of ‘how dare to suggest a child of mine would do x or y?’ In effect it is a criticism of her.

      2. JB says:

        NA, I meant ‘how dare you’, not ‘how dare to’..bloody autocorrect!

  6. lickemtomorrow says:

    Nettles are nasty! Not as nasty as being pushed into them multiple times after feeling their initial sting 🙁 That was mean, HG, and even meaner as you persisted in causing him pain. And you fully admitted you have a sadistic streak. That’s what is fascinating about this article. And the understanding you display of how it caused you to feel. You felt powerful by inflicting pain. Jonathon submitted nicely to that display of power and became very accommodating, thus relinquishing control to you. When explained from your perspective it makes sense, but the danger for me is in becoming sympathetic to that. It is a moral issue for me. And I know you don’t care about that.

    You consistently provide us with a dilemma which can be hard to overcome. In the words of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil”.

    At the same time I’m delighted you were able to pull this memory from your ‘production line’ of memories which I believe can be hard for you to grasp at times, and by all accounts it’s not the first time you pushed a boy into the nettles. On each occasion it was about winning, once in a race where your competitor inadvertently had an unfair advantage, and now as a soldier, a General no less, in play leading your troops to victory.

    You know you need to win, you know why. I just wish things didn’t have to be that way.

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