Have you ever wondered why narcissists react differently when you stand up for yourself? If you’ve personally dealt with narcissistic behavior, you know how confusing and frustrating it can be when their responses don’t meet your expectations. Whether it’s at home or at work, understanding their patterns can help us handle our relationships with them more effectively. But here’s where things get interesting: See, narcissists see those who stand up for themselves as too strong, and they consider them a threat. Why?
These people radiate confidence in their self-reliance. Living independent lives unaffected by the narcissist nonsense. They think, act, and feel for themselves, trusting their own judgment and staying true to their positive self-image, and they don’t seek validation or approval from others to navigate life.
Naturally, this isn’t what narcissists want in a partner for their mind games. So when you start asserting yourself, their behavior takes a different turn. If you’re curious about how exactly they react to people they consider too strong for them, then keep reading. We’ll explore some of their common responses in this article. This way, you’ll be able to address them and stand firm against their manipulations.
Number 1: They’ll discredit the progress you’ve made.
Once the narcissist is triggered by your strength, they will go out of their way to bring you down. They’ll take every chance to point out your mistakes, flaws, or perceived shortcomings. All in an attempt to stop you from feeling good about yourself. They’ll even use your past mistakes against you, holding them over your head with a sixth sense of satisfaction. No matter how far you’ve come or how much you’ve changed, they’ll go to great lengths to find anything they can to use against you. It’s their way of undermining your self-worth and self-esteem. They love dwelling on the past and refuse to acknowledge your growth and progress. Not to mention, they’ll do it so that no one will cast a spotlight on you.
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