What Is a Narcissistic Collapse?

We are discussing the collapsed narcissist, what it means, and why it happens

So, what exactly is a collapsed narcissist, and what does it mean? First of all, let me just say that it’s a very rare occurrence. However, a narcissist can collapse, which means they become debilitated due to the loss of narcissistic supply and/or exposure of who they truly are – a liar, a fraud, a con man or woman, and usually a serial abuser. Both of those things usually happen for the narcissist to collapse.

Most people imagine that narcissists have never-ending confidence and never suffer from self-doubt, shame, or emotional distress. While that is true most of the time, it’s important to understand that buried deep underneath the false, phony, arrogant, entitled, manipulative, and abusive self is an incredibly vulnerable true self who feels deeply flawed, inferior, shameful, worthless, and inadequate. That is one of the reasons the narcissist developed the false self in the first place – to compartmentalize those horrible feelings of inferiority and shame and build a false self that, in reality, is make-believe and not real.

However, most times, the narcissist has buried those horrible feelings about themselves so deep inside they do not feel them as long as they are extracting and maintaining high levels of narcissistic supply. What is narcissistic supply in its simplest form? The attention of others that makes them feel special and superior, and they are absolutely addicted to it and completely dependent on it.

Although clinical research has been conducted on narcissism as a disorder, less is known about its effects on victims who are in toxic relationships with partners with Narcissistic
Personality Disorder.

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