How narcissists handle rejection?

We live in a world where social media and reality TV thrive, encouraging us to admire those who are famous for their beauty, wealth, or talent. However, beneath the surface of these shiny displays lies an ugly truth- narcissism.

Narcissism is a personality disorder that affects about 6.2% of the population. People with this condition have an inflated sense of self-importance which makes them feel entitled to admiration and respect from others.

One thing narcissistic individuals cannot handle well is rejection. In this article, we will examine how they deal with rejection in their personal lives as well as workplace environments.

What Causes Narcissistic Personality Disorder

To understand why certain people struggle with handling rejection better than others it’s important first to know what causes NPD.

Some researchers suggest that negative experiences during childhood contribute significantly to the development of NPD. For instance, if someone had harsh parents who rarely showed love or support but rather focused on achievements and success then they might develop traits characteristic such as emotional manipulation or grandiosity over time.

On top of environmental factors like upbringing , there may also be biological underpinnings to consider: brain chemistry imbalances leading not only Emotional Disorders like Anxiety/depression; Bipolar I disorders apparently running through families creating genetic links between ancestral generations – There thus isn’t one definitive contributing factor when it comes understanding where its origins can arise!

Why Narcissists Can’t Deal With Rejections

It is difficult for narcissists to cope with any perceived sign of shame or failure since it threatens their very identity – ultimately reinforcing feelings connected towards being superior/more significant than others

Narcissists often use external sources/situations-giving other people Validation-to achieve temporary relief from pain related feelings arising out rejection scenerios

They Have Fragile Egos

One reason why some people find it challenging dealing effectively when coping with rejection is due to their flaw-blown sense of self-identity. They are perceived as having an overinflated sense of importance and feel entitled towards only good feedback about themselves.

They Cannot Admit To Failure

Another character trait exhibited by Narcissistic individuals in the face off rejection scenarios is their inability to admit or acknowledge failure. With such mindsets, it becomes easier for them to project responsibility onto others instead of taking blame for whatever negative aspects may have been experienced.

Narcs Thrive on Attention

When you cannot cope well when faced with Rejection situations every remark or lack thereof can lead to intense feelings that fuel your desire to compensate through attention seeking behaviors.

Narcissists crave admiration and attention from everyone around them, meaning anything short of this starves them emotionally which makes dealing with such experiences more arduous than necessary

How Do Narcissists Deal With Rejection?

To manage narcissistic personality disorder patients who faces rejection, specific behaviours/methods used must vary depending on individual’s severity & customized according medical observation / professional psychiatrists opinion:

A Team Of Professionals : A team approach involving doctors, therapists/counsellors should be considered

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy challenges unhelpful thoughts/ideas associated with Self centeredness as opposed corroborating competition between groups

Support Network: Patients require encouragement/help when experiencing mood shifts; any group connections/family/friends provides opportunities promoting identification Building Trustworthy bonds w/o being overly affected by irrational emotions

By Attacking The Source Of Rejection:

This includes openly criticising/rejecting other party involved attempting restore a vague positive status quo. Such reactions might arise spontaneously leading aggressive/more dominant behavior patterns

For example,
“You’re Just Jealous!”
In most cases blaming others serves not just a strategy but deflects onto someone else rather then discomfort itself.

Or else:
“Why On Earth Would You Turn Me Down?”
This type of comment is specifically designed to solicit pity from others thereby allowing one to deflect responsibility for any feelings associated with rejection whatsoever

Ignoring The Person Who Rejected Them

By ignoring the individual who has rejected them, Narcissist’s can dismiss their destructive coping mechanisms.

Ignoring a person in such an occurrence contributes significantly towards enabling individuals deal more maturely while regaining/ influencing control over whatever situation occurred leading up until said event. It also helps focus on other aspects existing elsewhere within environments surrounding patients-eliminating triggers that could snowball into uncontrollable emotions etc.

Seeking Adoration Elsewhere

Lastly, Narcissists might choose a rebound or another outlet i.e., Someone outside original context may externally validate worthiness if facing excessive external scrutiny about own actions leading up thereof.”

While this may seem like nothing but lack of respect toward victims such as ex-partners/family members/friends, it often overshadows alleged self-worth problems arising between those initially involved.


Dealing with rejection provides all sorts of struggles for everyone; upon reflection narcissistic personality disorder involves psychological/emotional hardship when presented negatively – whilst sufferers are perceived Victims-based Characteristics highlighted above puts lives/lives directly contacted via NPD under tension.

Various methods and behaviours exist in Narcissism reactions during such times – attacking sources of negativity vs internalising/suppressing anything connected towards shame or failure / seeking adoration elsewhere which have been detailed here based on regards medical/community-associated productivity approaches. Understanding how people cope/deal with issues related any mental/neurological illness attributes better skills necessary/proper communication helping families/friends/others spread awareness about behaviors accompanying these conditions and addresses solutions/interventions reducing impacts otherwise life-changing beliefs/interactions!