How can you tell when a narcissist is lying? Well, for one, their lips are moving. But there are times when you really need to know if the narcissist is lying or not – it’s very important to you. That’s why I wanted to put this article together today with eight ways to spot a lying narcissist. If you have ever dealt with a narcissist, you are 100% going to identify with the last one. Let’s get to it.
Alright, so let’s jump into it. The first way to spot a lying narcissist is to look for bridge responses. Bridge responses aren’t always a bad thing; this one is definitely about context. But bridge responses are used as a way to get out of sharing information. You may have heard people recommend that you do this on a job interview if somebody’s asking you something that you don’t have a good answer for. And you can also use a bridge response if somebody’s just being nosy and probing for information that’s really none of their business. But a narcissist will use bridge responses to avoid answering questions that they very much should answer – things that, in a relationship, they should take responsibility for or at least discuss.
So what does a bridge response look like? Well, a typical bridge response is something like, ‘Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know this other thing.’ Or they could give you a very vague answer and then redirect – ‘Where were you yesterday?’ ‘Oh, I went out after work, and you know what, that reminds me, I wanted to tell you this other thing.’ So that is a bridge response; it is essentially taking control of the conversation and redirecting it away from the topic at hand.
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