Number 2: Avoid giving them words of flattery.
Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-importance and a constant need for admiration. They thrive on compliments and flattery. When you feed their ego with excessive praise, you essentially give them what they want, which fuels their narcissism.
They expect compliments and might become frustrated or angry when they don’t get it. This frustration can make them uncomfortable. It’s a small victory for those dealing with them – you’re taking back control of the situation by not giving in to their need for flattery.
Narcissists often try to manipulate others through their charm and charisma. When you resist this manipulation, they lose power over you. Avoiding flattery can reveal the narcissist’s vulnerabilities. They may react strongly to criticism or indifference, which can give you insights into their true nature.
Number 3: Say no to their unreasonable requests.
Saying no to a narcissist can be powerful because it establishes boundaries. It conveys that you won’t be pushed around or manipulated. Psychologist Dr. Susan Whitbourne says setting boundaries is crucial when dealing with narcissists. It reminds them that they can’t always have their way.
When you say no to a narcissist, it can bruise their ego; it is known as a narcissistic injury. Narcissists don’t usually take rejection well. They might react with anger, guilt-tripping, or even gaslighting, where they try to make you doubt your judgment.
To successfully crush a narcissist’s attempts at manipulation, it’s essential to stay firm in your no. Psychologist Dr. Les Carter advises remaining calm, assertive, and consistent in your boundaries. Don’t let guilt or fear sway your decision.
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