Malignant narcissism goes beyond mere self-centeredness. It goes beyond feeling special. And it goes beyond feeling superior. Malignant narcissists lack the capacity for empathy and shame. They also know this makes them different from others. But they deeply prize these critical differences. And they hold those not like them in utter disdain. (See also, Malignant Narcissism.)
Most of us have feelings for others. And folks with a conscience get squeamish about doing hurtful things. Moreover, most of us also possess certain weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Malignant narcissists disdain all these qualities. They see them as signs of weakness. And they see them as proof of inferiority. That’s what enables them to feel superior.
Malignant Narcissism – The Core of Psychopathy
Malignant Narcissism lies at the very heart of psychopathy. (Some folks use the term sociopathy.) Psychopaths are nature’s only known intra-species predators. Other creatures will kill their own under certain conditions. However, none wantonly prey on their own. Psychopaths represent the exception. And it’s their malignant narcissism that permits such conduct. (See also: Malignant Narcissism: At the Core of Psychopathy.)
Psychopaths callously, senselessly, and remorselessly use and abuse others. They prey on the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of others. After all, they see these things as weaknesses anyway. Moreover, they see them as signs of inferiority. In their mind this entitles them to prey. So, they prey without compunction on whom they view as inferior. To them, such conduct is like stepping on an ant. We’re talking haughtiness in the extreme.
Deception and Manipulation
Psychopaths con and manipulate adeptly and mercilessly. Moreover, they can make sport of using and abusing. They enjoy “toying” with people. Naturally, they find this easy because they simply don’t care.
In the coming weeks I’ll be talking about the continuum of manipulators. I wrote In Sheep’s Clothing to make folks aware of this continuum. Not all manipulators are psychopaths. But most possess some of their features. And psychopaths are the penultimate manipulators. So, we’ll be talking more about the vast spectrum of manipulative characters.
I’ll be posting more workshop announcements soon. However, there won’t be any scheduled before April, 2018.
Character Matters will not be broadcast live Sunday October 8. Accordingly, no phone calls can be taken. Moreover, it’s possible the program of October 15 will also not be live. I’ll post updated information on that next week.
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