Narcissists are masters of manipulation. They know how to use their words to get what they want and keep you under their control. The best way to protect yourself from a narcissist is to understand how they think and operate and avoid falling into their traps. Here are 10 phrases narcissists use that will make you feel guilty, afraid, or otherwise compelled to do whatever they say.
Number one: “You need me more than I need you.”
This is one of the narcissist’s most common phrases to control their victims. When a narcissist says this to you, it’s because they’re trying to make you feel like you can’t survive without them. They’ll try to convince you that your life will be over if you leave. It can take the form of gaslighting, which means that you’re being made to feel that your reality isn’t real, and that the world would be darker without your abusive narcissist. Narcissists use this phrase to make others feel they have no choice but to do whatever the narcissist wants. The narcissist will then use this as an excuse to treat their victim poorly and not think twice about it. If you find yourself in this situation, remember that the narcissist uses these words to control you. When they say this, resist the urge to apologize or sympathize with them. Instead, stand firm against unjust treatment.
Number two: “I’m just being honest.”
Narcissists use this phrase to make their negative comments about you seem like they’re just sharing an observation or opinion when it’s a manipulative way to put you down. Narcissists can’t handle criticism, so they will use this phrase to avoid having to hear your side of things. They also use this phrase to make themselves seem like the victim, even though they’re the ones who are being mean. If someone is saying something hurtful to you and says, “I’m just being honest,” don’t take them seriously. Narcissists are probably not being honest at all. Often, they’re just trying to control the situation.
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