5 Phrases the Narcissist Uses To Blame Shift
It is fundamental that we remain unaccountable for our actions. One of the most effective ways of avoiding this accountability, provoking you and leaving you exasperated and stunned is to engage in blame-shifting. We are the blame shifters who will always use this form of manipulation in our ceaseless quest to maintain the upper hand.
Not only is it the case that we believe we are entitled to complete immunity for what we say and do, occasioned by our innate superiority, we also believe it to be necessary for us to be able to gather fuel as often and as effectively as we do. If we were slowed down by having to make meaningful apologies, explain ourselves, account for what we have done and accept responsibility for the consequences this would absorb time that would be far better spent in the pursuit of fuel. Hampering us in such a way would result in us becoming weaker since we would not be able to gather as much fuel as usual. It is therefore necessary, so we remain sleek, effective and light of foot, for us to never be concerned about accountability and also to never allow responsibility to rest with us. As with many of our machinations, this approach also allows us to gather fuel in itself by the imposition of blame on others, usually you and the astonished and outraged emotional response which then flows from this staggering act of walking away scot free. As ever, words are our best allies when it comes to throwing off the attempt to make us assume the mantle of responsibility. Here are five of our favourites.
- What do you expect me to do about it?
A delicious subtle piece of blame-shifting to begin with. We do not even state that we regard it as your fault, your responsibility or your liability with this question. Nevertheless, the implication is clear – we expect you to do something about it because we do not ‘do’ responsibility, your role is to clear up after us and you signed up to that role when you accepted our overtures. Did you miss that term of the contract? Don’t blame us, that’s your own fault.
I regularly brag about how brilliant and special I am. That I have many talents and if I so chose I could remedy many situations within moments, but notwithstanding this being the stance that I adopt to the world at large, I am not going to do that with you. Not a chance. I am not here to pick up the pieces after you, although I expect you to do so for me repeatedly. I can do as I like and you are obliged to make good the damage that I cause – collect the broken pieces of crockery, apologise to the shell-shocked friend after an outburst, try to solve the financial headache that we have left. If you have caused a problem, and let’s face it, it is always your fault anyway, you cannot expect me to do something about it. I am above such menial tasks. I have important and bigger things to attend to. Such as? I don’t have to explain myself to the likes of you. If I caused the problem (which in reality is usually the case) I am not going to do anything about it.
- Deal with it.
That’s the way it is and you had better get used to it. This haughty declaration is par the course for our sense of entitlement to do as we please. We bulldoze through everything and you just have to put up with it. You can’t walk away; we will not allow that to happen. Issuing this barked instruction at you is an effective way of upsetting you. It is telling you that you are useless and you should just be getting on with the situation rather than complaining about it. You shouldn’t be complaining; you should have already guessed that you needed to sort the situation out. Don’t ask me for help because I just do not have time for this mickey mouse nonsense.
- You caused this to happen.
We like to maintain that we act with the omnipotence of a god but how many times have you found that you have somehow caused something to happen so that it would suggest that you exercise the powers of a deity? My late arrival was down to you. My failure to remember something was caused by you. My infidelity for the sixth time was wholly as a consequence of what you have done. At its most brutal this declaration is issued without any explanation as to why it is that you caused the problem to arise. We say that it is the case therefore that must be right. Does this exchange seem familiar?
“Why is that the case?”
“It just is.”
“Because I say so.”
Other than our kind, who comes out with such assertions bereft of reality or explanation? That’s right, children. That tells you all you need to know about our mentality when we accuse you of being the one who has caused the problem. If you are “fortunate” enough to be given some kind of explanation it makes perfect sense when viewed from our perspective, although it will not from yours. That is deliberate. We want you to feel astonished, bewildered and annoyed at our sheer audacity to make the connection between our wrongdoing and your causation.
“If you were more loving I wouldn’t go elsewhere.”
“What do you mean by that? I couldn’t be anymore loving towards you.”
“Oh that’s right, deny it is anything to do with you and make me out to be the bad person.”
“Well, it is you who had the affair.”
“Caused by you.”
“I have already told you and if you cannot accept that then there is no point continuing with this conversation.”
You get no answer no acceptance of blame. All you get is a tenuous (in your world but not ours) explanation as to why our wrongdoing is all down to you.
- Why do you have to spoil everything?
A cousin of the third shirking above but with an added layer of blame. In the above example, you have caused the problem although you may not necessarily have intended it. With this statement we are telling you that not only is the problem not of our doing, it is your fault and guess what? You meant to do it because you are such an awful and horrible person. Our rampant paranoia causes us to believe that you are out to get us, to topple us and that you are plotting to unseat us as a consequence of our behaviour towards you during devaluation. This is why whenever anything goes wrong you are the architect of that misfortune as you have purposefully set out to cause a problem for us, driven by your innate nastiness and jealousy.
- Why do you make my life so hard?
Poor us. Put upon by you and your terrible behaviours. This is often thrown at you when you begin to wise-up to our manipulations and either through choice or out of sheer exhaustion you are no longer engaging with our provocations and machinations. What we are actually saying to you here is, “Why do you make it so hard to extract fuel from you?” Your failure to play ball and do what we want is causing us to expend more energy in order to get the negative fuel from you and in accordance with our outlook as a victim, you are doing this on purpose. We need to get that fuel and you should be helping us, not hindering us, no wonder we lash out at you as we do because you are horrible and you make our lives far more difficult and hard than you should or once did.
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Surprise, surprise……. news reporting, apparently, Harry’s wife telling Harry to “tone down attacks on Royal Family”….(WTF).
# 1. What do you expect me to do about it?
# 2. Deal with it
# 3. You caused this to happen
# 4. Why do you have to spoil everything?
# 5. Why do you make my life so hard?
= it’s ALL his fault, from her perception, his ET / LT being out of sync would have his ET ‘conning’ him into accepting the blame.
The fact she is “pregnant” and does not need this “unnecessary” stress. He agreed to leave UK to be with her for a new life. She is having to look after Archie too. And look after the chickens. And making the waffles…..
This whole ‘saga’ is just piling up higher and higher – actually it is very much like HG’s article ‘The Empath’s Accent’ – Harry is going to have a really big ‘fall’ and will crash, hard, very hard. Should he ever ‘escape’, he will have a very, very long ‘recovery’ journey and in my opinion, may never totally ‘rediscover’ himself as an individual.
If it ever came to it, where the couple split and go separate ways (probably likely at some point) – will the world be ‘divided’ when it comes to ‘taking sides’? What about the organisations that they are involved in at present, who would they ‘choose’ – Harry or his future ex-wife? Will her narcissism ‘win’ over Harry?
Whilst I have a shred of sympathy for Harry, you have to in a way read between the lines. Harry was warned by William not to get with Meghan. Harry has, and is showing his personality on a continuous basis of poor me, feel sorry for me. The Oprah interview spoke volumes. There is a pair of them in it. Yes, Meghan is manipulating her way around around Harry, but Harry is a willing participant in what they do. He jumps when Meghan barks. When he wakes up to what he is with/ensnared with one day, smells the coffee so to speak, that first gulp is going to be the hardest to swallow.
Duchessbea, thank you for your response. Laughing at “He jumps when Meghan barks”….. I think that Harry was probably ‘going against the grain’ RE: William’s advice not get involved with her – people do not really know for facts what goes on behind closed doors at the RF’s homes (we can have some wild guesses!!). I don’t think Harry ever really had ‘therapy’ RE: his mother’s death and the way it happened, the way things happened in the years up to before she died – to a degree, he was probably most likely ‘side-lined’ in some way when his mother was going through all the difficulties etc. That Martin Bashir interview did not help either. So many things for Harry to have to deal with. It is very possible for someone to ‘bury’ their grief for so many years. In my view, he is acting like uneducated empaths who have been through major traumas in their life; being ensnared by narcissists and also being an ACON too.
I watched a programme where Joey Essex’s mother died when he was 11 and it was 20 years before he could actually talk about it. However, I was most unimpressed with the therapist who said “He needs to grow up and separate from his mother” – how can someone do that without being given a guide or way to navigate through it? Some people need more help & support to navigate through such traumas.
And, the fact that the mothers died when these boys were 11, where they were going through very high levels of stress (exposure to hormone cortisol) – possibly leading to shrinkage of the hippocampus (around 11 – 13 years old is the second ‘development stage’ of human life).
Harry comes across to me, as an adult who is probably less ‘mature’ because of the developmental delay in his psychology.
“Poor us. Put upon by you and your terrible behaviours.” Wow.
The summer narc threw #5 at me the last weekend, #3 also and #2 a couple of weeks earlier. I grew up hearing #1 all the time, no support, figure it out yourself. It is no wonder ACONs become very independent sometimes. Or at least self-reliant. It’s also no wonder I accepted these phrases from romantic partners as adults. Those phrases never feel good though so it should be pretty easy to pull the plug on anyone who uses them going forward, if my LT is intact and I pay attention to that discomfort. If I can dislodge the voice that tells me that it actually is all my fault and adopt the thought that I do deserve better than this, even if my own parent’s don’t believe so.
“mickey mouse” – I recall, I think it was with TS (surprise, surprise 😉 ) – a conversation where it is suggested about buying HG a Mickey Mouse watch….. I cannot recall why though (giggling).
“What do you expect me to do about it?” – yup, a common ‘phrase’ by them higher-ups at work.
Hmm, is ‘narcspeak’ genetically passed down ? Is ‘empath-speak’ also genetically passed down (when empaths use their own ‘grenades’ without knowing they are an empath, unless educated)? Whether a person turns out to be either a narcissist or an empath – depending on GPD / LOCE?