Malignant narcissism is a personality disorder wherein someone lacks empathy and compassion for other people.
They put themselves above everyone else and are more than willing to step on others in order to get what they want.
This condition is more extreme than regular narcissism as it is a mixture of narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial behavior.
The nature and strength of the symptoms would vary from person to person. Some people can be shy, fearful, and malignant narcissists, while others are extroverted, enjoy bragging, and have an intense sadistic side to them.
Below are 5 common signs of a malignant narcissist:
1. Anti-social behavior
Malignant narcissism can be a subfactor of anti-social personality disorder. It mixes narcissistic and anti-social traits.
Some well-known traits of anti-social personality disorder – which is also referred to as sociopathy – include manipulation and exploitation without feeling guilt.
2. Hypersensitivity to criticism
Criticizing a malignant narcissist can prove to be a bad decision.
Regular narcissists might be able to brush off some jabs at their expense because they consider it a ridiculous joke (don’t forget, they think they’re perfect), but others find even the slightest form of criticism highly offensive and will attack immediately.
Their self-esteem is so fragile it is easily damaged, fighting back is the only means they know of feeling better about themselves.
Sometimes, a malignant narcissist can behave in such a way that mixes regular narcissism with dangerous psychopathy. And this combination can remove the guilt they would normally feel when they manipulate or harm others.
Furthermore, this mixture of narcissism and psychopathy can also produce verbal and physical fights. And when things go this far, most people with this disorder tend to be extremely cold and calculating when it comes to verbal and physical altercations.
4. The need for constant attention
Due to their belief that they are beautiful and brilliant, malignant narcissists are in need of never-ending attention. These kinds of thoughts make them see themselves in positions of extreme advantage, and expect others to respect them highly. The need to be on top might make them plot shortcuts for success, and step on others to get what they want.
5. Living in fear
As malignant narcissists lead a superficial life, they live in constant fear of showing their true face. Moreover, due to their manipulative and sneaky nature, they always suspect others around them of doing the same.
They over-analyze everything other people say. For instance, if you are talking to a friend of yours, the malignant narcissist in your life might assume that you are planning to abandon them and leave with your friend. This sense of constant dread prevents them from getting close to anyone and having a lasting emotional connection.
6. Ill-intentioned plotting against family and friends
Ill-intentioned plotting against someone they see as an enemy is very common. And sure, many people who have been wronged look for ways to take revenge, but malignant narcissists will do the same even when it comes to family and friends.
This kind of behavior happens even if the target has not done anything to deserve such treatment. Some of the more common types of ill-intentioned plotting include deceit and manipulation, which are both carried out with great sophistication.
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