8 Signs of Narcissistic Rage


“Some people want to get taller by chopping off other people’s heads.” —Paramahansa Yogananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, Paramahansa Yoga

The narcissist, according to psychologist Stephen Johnson, has “buried his true self-expression in reaction to early accidents and replaced it with a highly formed, compensatory fake self.” Grandiose, “above others,” and self-absorbed are common characteristics of this alternative identity to the true self.

When a narcissist suffers a loss or dissatisfaction that shatters his (or her) delusions of grandiosity, dominance, and superiority, and causes inner inadequacy, guilt, and insecurity, narcissistic rage may be described as extreme frustration, hostility, or passive-aggression.

Intense outbursts and abrupt fits of frustration are examples of narcissistic rage, as are passive-aggressive behaviors like simmering indignation, cold isolation, intentional neglect, or biting sarcasm. The difference between narcissistic and natural indignation is that narcissistic frustration is typically irrational, disproportional, and cuttingly offensive (or intensely passive-aggressive), all because the narcissists’ needs and desires aren’t being met. It’s a slap in the face of their idealized self-image.

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