Overcoming narcissist Abuse, by Elizabeth Shaw.
False apologies from the narcissist and how to spot them.
The narcissist has no sense of accountability, they believe they have the right to do what they want, when they want, with whoever they want. So they don’t believe they have the need to apologise.
There is no emotional empathy or guilt to give them the feeling of any need to apologise. The false empathy that a narcissist has means if they’ve done something and have something to gain by using a false apology they will give one.
This is a false apology, any apology given is not because the narcissist feels the need to do so as they have no sense of remorse, guilt, or conscience. It is only done to regain control, receive emotions, regaining superiority, get their needs met, the apology is used as a means to appear sorry, yet it is never meant in a way someone with empathy would apologise. Some narcissist will never issue any kind of an apology, those that do it’s only to further manipulation. They see a need to use the words, they do not have the empathy to understand why they use them. They often use false apologies to prevent someone from leaving them or win someone back. To prevent disciplinary action at work. To get a friend to do something for them.
Here are some false apology phrases you may have heard. If you believe the person to be a narcissist these are a false apology. Also what they actually think when they feel backed into a corner and need to say words, to meet their own needs.
1. ” I’m sorry I went away.” Or “ I went away because of you.”
When saying this they think you did something that criticised them, even if you didn’t they took it as criticism and wanted to make you suffer. They will not tell you what they were doing, more than likely they were either with your predecessor or their new target. Who the narcissist wanted to see because you in their eyes were horrible at that moment and the other was nice. They may have thought the other person criticised them in some way, therefore the other person became bad, and with all your missed calls and pleading messages they received from you, you then became good. So they come back, pretending to be sorry. They just want control of you again.
2. “ sorry I didn’t listen.” Or “ if you’d listen to me more, I’d listen to you.” they’re not sorry they never listen anyway your opinions, thoughts and feelings are invalid to them. A Narcissist rarely hears your words, instead, they pay attention to your emotions. They will pretend to apologise, saying they’ll listen in future, this is just so you give them some positive energy.
3. “I’m sorry I hit you because you made me angry.” “ I’m sorry I trashed the house” or “ at least I broke the door and didn’t attack you, you made me angry.” they will usually twist this into how you made them do it because you didn’t do something, or you said something, it will always be turned back onto you. They’re only concerned other people or you might work out what happened and they don’t want the true selves being exposed.
4. “I’m sorry I’m not a better person.” Or “ I’m sorry I’m not good enough for you.”
They actually believe they are a better person than you, but they know you are fixated in making them a better person, changing them, healing them, so they gain some positive emotions from you and hint that they will change with your help.
5. “ I’m sorry I was unfaithful.” Or “if you’d have paid me more attention, I wouldn’t have gone elsewhere.” They believe it’s your fault they went elsewhere as you don’t admire them as much as you used to. You’ve probably scared the other person off for some reason, or the other is no longer interested so they have to come back to you.
6. “I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you.” Or “ I needed to go out but you were ok” basically if your Ill, it’s a case of they don’t care so they can not be bothered to care for you. just go to bed and get out of their way so They can then go and find someone who will look after them. They don’t care at all they just don’t want you to leave.
7. “I’m sorry I want to change.” Or “ I didn’t mean to I just couldn’t help it you know what I’m like. I’m worried about what I may do without your help.” Saying a narcissist never lies this one is as close to the truth you will ever get. They are sorry for themselves that they are just trying to get through life and all these jealous, envy’s people come along to try and hurt them. Make them look the bad person when it’s not them, to them it’s all your fault. It’s always anyone else’s fault and it’s never anything they did.
The phrases a narcissist will use to blame shift whilst apologising.
“ I’m sorry for whatever you think I did wrong.”
“ I’m sorry you feel that way.”
“ I’m sorry for what you think I did.”
“For what it’s worth I’m sorry.”
“ I’m sorry if you think I said that.”
“ I’m sorry if you think I did that.
“ I’m sorry you misunderstood me.”
I personally, do not believe they are capable of saying “I’m sorry I was wrong.” or,” I’m sorry please forgive me.” With their lack of empathy, If any do they’ve probably heard it from someone and now using it to greater manipulate.
Some narcissistic people will not apologies, those that do it will either be last resort to help themselves or twisted to why as to why it was your fault they behaved how they did.
If your narcissist ever apologised, how did they phrase it to you?