Aggressive narcissism defines the most problematic style relating to other humans. It’s a particularly virulent form of narcissism. But unfortunately, after decades of self-indulgence and egocentrism in modern culture, all forms of narcissism have become very common – a character pandemic of sorts. Moreover, we’re so used to it we barely notice it until we’ve been significantly victimized by it. (See also: Narcissism Desensitization Impairs Recognition.)
Aggressive narcissism finds expression in many forms. Some of those forms are so subtle or concealed that they defy detection until it’s too late. Other forms are more obvious, yet still almost impossible to avoid.
In my books and other writings, I describe aggressive narcissists as aggressive personalities. And I also explain the unique modi operandi of each of the major sub-types. In In Sheep’s Clothing, I was the first to unmask one of these types, the covert-aggressive. These days, many refer to such folks as covert-narcissists. But the problem with that label is that it hinders a proper understanding of narcissism. Narcissists are bad actors, all right. But aggressive personalities are very different, although they’re most often inherently narcissistic, too.
The Aggressive Personalities
I’ve written extensively on aggressive narcissists and how they operate. Here is just a sampling of the many articles on the topic that you can access on the blog:
- Aggressive Personalities: Part 1
- The Aggressive Personalities: An Upcoming Refresher Course
- Aggressive Personalities: The Sub-Types
But in the coming weeks I’m going to be revisiting these personalities in a way that will hopefully help folks understand why and how some character disturbances go well beyond narcissism. I’ll also be exploring personality and character disturbances and disorders in greater depth. And I’ll be highlighting how narcissism plays a role in a variety of character disturbances.
Some Important Announcements
The Spanish Language Edition of In Sheep’s Clothing is arriving at distributors and is ready for pre-purchase on Amazon. Lobos Con Piel De Cordero has been a long time in the making. And as more Spanish speakers discover my work and this blog, we’ll be posting some supplementary content in Spanish from time to time.
Editing is nearing completion for the first new podcasts of Character Matters. Look for an announcement in mid-February about how to access them on YouTube or other platforms. You’ll also be able to access them by going to the Character Matters page.