How does a narcissist handle rejection?

Rejection is a difficult pill to swallow for everybody, and narcissists are no exception. However, their egocentric nature puts them at greater risk of experiencing intense emotions such as anger, hurt or humiliation when rejected (who knew!). In this article, we’ll be exploring how narcissists handle rejection.

What is Narcissism?

Before diving into the topic of rejection in relation to narcissism, it’s important to clarify what we mean by the term ‘narcissist.’ A narcissist is someone who has an excessive fascination with themselves that borders on obsession (not to be confused with Kim Kardashian). They have an inflated sense of self-importance and seek validation from others through admiration and attention (cue Instagram guru #BossBabe posts).

The Feelings That Come With Rejection

When faced with rejection, healthy individuals often experience feelings of disappointment or sadness (I call this Ben & Jerry’s kind of sadness) but can move past these emotions relatively easily. For a person living with NPD, however, being refused or overlooked can result in disproportionately strong reactions such as feeling betrayed or insulted due to their lack of ability for empathy and compartmentalization issues that come from pathological behaviour.

The Different Types of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

Not all people react the same way when confronted with similar situations – the same goes for those living with NPD. There are two primary types:
1) Grandiose: characterized by exaggerated perceptions related to skill and competence
2) Vulnerable: focused on anxiety levels towards performance reviews.
Both types face unique challenges tied directly said personality type.

Grandiose Type

The kind typically seen online yelling “Fake News” louder than Donald Trump did during his presidency tenure- only they’re less articulate about reasons behind anything other than ‘if it doesn’t benefit me it can’t be valid’. These are severe NPD individuals who experience rejection blow-offs as a direct attack to self-important status.

Vulnerable Type

The anthesis of Grandiose, they are typically much more subtle than their grandiose counterparts and shrouded in constant professional insecurity- sounds like the girl I went on one date with last week… (just kidding). By nature, they perform poorly under stress and critique generally resulting in immediate decompensation mentally speaking. To this end, these individuals will go to any length to avoid disappointment or anything that can lead them down the road of seeing themselves underachieving.

The Downward Spiral

When faced with rejection (the one consistent theme among both types), rejecting someone living with NPD creates a perpetual bubble that is not very inclusive for reasoning. This illusory superiority absolves responsibility and instead directs those feelings toward anyone/anything deemed a negative stimulus (good luck avoiding what triggers us behind every turn.)

A negative interaction between supply (their source validation) could destroy any relationship without recourse because trust issues interfaced heavily into their duress leading ultimately exhausting human relationships quickly when cornered into exposure weakness moments.

An expired narcissistic supplier is commonly referred to as being “cast aside”, proving essential feedback loop discontinuation ramping up cognitive dysfunction symptoms such as anxiety/depression-like symptoms exacerbated by pathological affective responses while further reducing social functionality already taking place due to deep-seated loss pre-existing behavioural mechanisms leading towards eventual functional deterioration if left untreated.

Signs You May Be Dealing With Narcissism

Not everyone diagnosed has overt behaviour patterns making detection difficult sometimes – but here’s some signs you may have crossed quietened narcissist:
Delusions Of Adequacy
Catastrophic Levels of Insecurity Despite High Achievement
Overly Enthusiastic Language Prenatal Egocentrism Prevalent
Emotion-Based Decision Making Creating Drama in Personal Relations
Requiring Constant Recognition Due To Lack of Internal Self Talk (thought process).

Handling Narcissistic Behavior

If you’re reading this article, and you feel like it describes someone close to you – there are ways to deal with the problematic behavior(s) peaking through these dramatic personalities.

Quality Over Quantity; Removing ‘Fake’ Relationships.

One solution that often works is reducing the number of intimate or professional ties associated with particular individuals who display promulgation difficulty regardless of order size hierarchy within a given structure. Though emotionally painful, it may help caregivers end codependency patterns emerging around those they intended on providing long-term care for until recovery takes place.

Be Honest & Direct

Going straight ahead devoid pleasantries tending toward honest dialogue when discussing shortcomings can be an effective action plan – unfortunately delivering critical feedback falls on deaf ears often turning ugly without timely support/back-up team members aiding transition exit strategies in practice where required using clinical interventions successful pathway modelling.

Create A Support Group

Being nurturing towards narcism transcends directly interacting towards modeling appropriate routines involving their own emotional wellbeing state before receiving firm objectives working together as trust builders leading respect-oriented followership demonstrated through moments showing coping mechanisms sustained from implementation onset collective identity building over becoming interdependent upon others individuality replacing bitterness felt at no perceived time getting recognition outside self-care measures undertaken by strong groups values organic growth structures developing membership gradually behaving organically into socially adept functional teams/productively correlated entities as interactions progress

In conclusion living life related to NPD can be challenging regarding relationships both personal and professional, but please remember one crucial tidbit: Pathological thinking behaviours projected continuously serving vulnerable underbelly w narratives building idealized internal self-representations always have options using modern clinical approaches in combination w trusting befriended supporters teaming up maximizing efficiency delivered services purposed towards recovery-oriented goals established specifically celebrating persona said proud being regardless special little snowflake distinction – no seriously, we mean it!

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