Do narcissists always lie?

Narcissism, a term that originates from the Greek myth of Narcissus, refers to a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behavior, a lack of empathy and consideration for other people, and an excessive need for admiration. While everyone may show some narcissistic traits occasionally, a pathological level of narcissism can severely impact personal and professional relationships.

Why Narcissists Lie

One of the most perplexing aspects of dealing with a narcissist is their propensity to lie. These lies are not always for clear, rational reasons as they would be for most people. Instead, narcissists lie to confuse and disorient those around them, subverting their sense of reality and agency. This process begins with creating confusion—a state where the victim is unsure of what is true and what isn’t.

Narcissists lack the coherent, moral reasoning that guides most individuals. Their actions, especially their lies, are often not aimed at any tangible benefit that could be more easily obtained through honest means. Instead, they derive pleasure from the act of deception itself, known as “Duper’s Delight.” This thrill is rooted in a form of sadism—a deep-seated hatred that reflects a complex, often deeply spiritual disdain for their victims.

The Unmasked Narcissist

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