Different Types Of Narcissism

According to experts, there are several reasons for the sharp rise in narcissistic behaviour. Many parents misunderstood the self-esteem movement, believing that telling their children how wonderful they are would make them feel better about themselves.

However, has too much praise produced a generation of narcs who expect their egos to be stroked constantly, regardless of their performance or manners?

“There is simply no winning with a narcissist. He will treat you so horribly that you will become withdrawn and depressed and then he will turn around and say, ‘You’re no fun anymore, you’re always so depressed. I need to be with someone more positive.”

— Susan Williams


Not only has the media, particularly social media, become a narcissism super spreader event. Coupled with people misbehaving, demanding attention, and preening for the camera abound on reality television. Not to mention, and unsurprisingly, there is a link between excessive social media use and narcissism.

As a matter of fact, social media inspire us to take many selfies, promote our brand, and reinforce the belief that everyone is always interested in our actions. The emphasis on materialism — acquiring things rather than relationships — and showing off also contributes to narcissism.

While there is no clinical diagnosis for identifying narcissism, there are some subtypes that clearly define narcissism and its traits. And this blog will discuss the same.

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Types Of Narcissism

Overt Narcissism

This is what we often think of when we talk about a narc. You might recognize it as grandiose narcissism or agentic narcissism. To begin with, such individuals are per usual extroverted, aggressive, and attention seekers and are charming, including are expecting special treatment all the time. Moreover, this person is predatory in their strength to detect vulnerability in others and exploit it. Furthermore, such people are competitive, too, and will humiliate others to gain a perceived victory.

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Covert Narcissism

In fact, a covert narcissist, known as narcissistic vulnerability or closet narcissism, is a passive-aggressive individual who appears helpless. They portray themselves as the sufferer while staging a crisis or cry to gain attention and support from their prey. He or she is also prone to anxiety or depression and can, with a massive drama, replicate their emotions to seduce their victims.

Hyperactive Narcissism

Another key point, such narcissists are extremely sensitive to others’ body language, facial reactions, tone, and reactions. Including, they take things on one’s own and are too sensitive to criticism. Also, they are self-conscious and prone to feelings of shame or humiliation. Hyper-narcissosist’s are likelier to direct their actions towards others and dislike being the center of negative attention.

Oblivious Narcissism

Important to realize, most narcissists appear ignorant of the feelings of others. We know such type for being deaf to others’ feelings. Their sensitivity chip is missing as they are self-centered, arrogant, and aggressive, and they require being the center of attention. They can, like the devil, do anything to make things work.

Sensual Narcissism

What is a sexual narcissist?

Sensual narcissists require and expect much praise for their performance in bed. The narcissist may have very explicit ideas about what their partner should do or even say. Such people have an adverse reaction to sexual rejection. He/she will pressure, trick, or manipulate you into having sex with them in exchange for gifts or friendly gestures. They believe they may have sex elsewhere if you do not meet their sexual needs, regardless of your agreement on monogamy.

Sensual narcissists require and expect much praise for their performance in bed. Such people have an adverse reaction to sexual rejection. He/she will pressure, trick, or manipulate you into having sex with them in exchange for gifts or friendly gestures. They believe they may have sex elsewhere if you do not meet their sexual needs, regardless of your agreement on monogamy.

Malignant Narcissism

Malignant narcissism is not a diagnostic category, but a subcategory of narcissism. Such dangerous people of personality disorder is a cross between narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder, as defined by experts. It means they are incapable of feeling empathy, comprising an extreme mix of aggression, sadism and grandiosity.

Dr. Phil – Psychopath vs Malignant Narcissist

We classify them as a psychopath or a sociopath—people who are aggressive, hostile, paranoid, behaving like a sadistic demon and dehumanize others. We often see their grandiose behaviour, including how the undermines families, organizations and the people with whom they associate with. This is the most dangerous type of narcissism. If you suspect you’re dating one, escape at ones.

To most of us, he appears rational, easygoing, rational, and as a hard-working person. Abusers are skilled at casting a camouflage of secrecy – often with the active aid of their victims – over their dysfunction and misbehavior. We experience how narcissistic personality in popular culture has grown a lot. We might sometimes wonder; am I dealing with someone who is thoughtless, selfish, or overly power-seeking—or someone with a true disorder?

You can ask yourself many questions.
  • Are they often preoccupied with fantasies about beauty, brilliance, success, and power?
  • Do they take advantage of others to get what they want?
  • Does he/she expect to be treated as superior?
  • What about their attitude of deserving all the best of everything?
  • Have you noticed if they have the tendency to blame others for their own unacceptable behavior?

For sure they are seeking to win at all costs. If you can answer yes to some of these questions, then for sure you are dealing with a Malignant Narcissist. Your partner will cause you physical, emotional, financial, and sexual harm without blinking an eyelash or feeling any regret. They don’t care about the pain they cause others—or maybe even enjoying it with a dirty smirk and experiencing it as empowering.

In the long run, don’t expect any professional cure of a malignant narcissist to be any option. It is challenging and often fails as they not follow through with treatment—if they seek treatment at all. Given these points, help yourself and consider speaking with a mental health professional to help you with coping strategies to protect your mental and emotional well-being against narcissistic behaviors.

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Author: M. L. Stark

My name is M. L. Stark, and I wrote the “Burning Desire - The Psychopath and the Girl in Black Prada Shoes” series based on experiences from my personal life. BURNING DESIRE, and BURNING DESIRE FADES knowing I’ve achieved the impossible; to write books about being a victim who survived the cruelty of abuse. Ending with one of Bob Marley’s quote: “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love without the intention of loving her.” You can follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

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