Unravelling the Narcissistic Mind: 10 Revelations of Self-Importance
Narcissists are individuals characterised by an excessive self-interest and the consistent need for admiration and praise. Examining their thoughts and behaviours can help us better understand their mindset. This article explores 11 beliefs narcissists have about themselves, providing compelling evidence to support each claim.
- They’re Better Than You and More Important Than You:
Narcissists firmly believe they are superior to others. They see themselves as exceptional individuals who are entitled to better treatment and recognition. An example of this behaviour can be observed when a narcissist consistently talks over others, dismisses their opinions, or engages in grandiose displays, emphasising their perceived success and accomplishments.
- They Know More Than You:
Arrogance is a defining characteristic of narcissism. Narcissists believe they possess unique insights and understandings that surpass those of others. They often display this arrogance by dominating conversations, constantly correcting others, and dismissing alternate viewpoints. For instance, a narcissist may belittle or undermine someone’s professional knowledge simply to reaffirm their own intellectual superiority.
- They Deserve All the Attention:
Narcissists thrive on attention, constantly seeking validation and admiration from those around them. They perceive themselves as deserving of continuous attention, considering themselves inherently more interesting and important. Evidence can be seen in their behaviour, such as frequently interrupting conversations, dominating social situations, or monopolising discussions to steer the focus back onto themselves.
- They’re Entitled to Do as They Please:
Narcissists believe they possess a sense of entitlement that allows them to act without considering the consequences on others. They consider rules and boundaries as restrictions imposed on everyone else but themselves. For example, a narcissist may frequently break agreements or manipulate others to meet their personal needs, exhibiting a complete disregard for the impact on others.
- They Don’t Have to Answer to You:
Narcissists reject the idea of being accountable to others. They feel their place in the world exempts them from needing to explain or justify their actions. Consequently, they often avoid taking responsibility for their behaviour, placing blame on others instead. This can be observed when a narcissist deflects criticism by shifting the focus or manipulating circumstances to avoid being held accountable.
- It’s All About Them:
Narcissists believe the entire world should revolve around them. They have an insatiable desire to be the centre of attention and expect others to prioritise their needs above all else. When making decisions or engaging in conversations, they often disregard others’ input or concerns, focusing solely on their own desires, goals, and interests.
- Nothing Is Ever Their Fault:
One of the most defining qualities of narcissism is the inability to accept responsibility for mistakes or wrongdoing. Narcissists believe they are flawless, perfect beings who can do no wrong. They tend to deflect blame onto others, even in situations where they are indisputably at fault. This avoidance of accountability often results in strained relationships and conflicts.
- They Don’t Have to Answer to Anyone:
Narcissists resist any form of authority or accountability. They perceive themselves as self-sufficient entities that answer only to their own desires and needs. Consequently, they may disregard rules, social norms, and obligations without considering the impact on others. This often leads to a disregard for boundaries or societal expectations, as they prioritise their own agenda above all else.
- You’re a Fool If You Can’t See How Amazing They Are:
Narcissists rely on others’ admiration and praise to fuel their self-worth. They firmly believe that anyone who doesn’t recognise or appreciate their extraordinary qualities is simply ignorant or foolish. They may belittle, mock, or dismiss individuals who fail to acknowledge their greatness, perpetuating their self-perceived superiority.
- Everyone Is Jealous of Them:
Narcissists firmly believe that others are envious of their success, charm, and charisma. They see any achievements or attention others receive as a threat to their own superiority. Consequently, they may engage in passive-aggressive behavior, sabotage others’ success, or belittle their accomplishments in an attempt to restore their sense of superiority.
Understanding the core beliefs of narcissists can shed light on their behaviours and the challenges they present in various relationships. Recognising these thought patterns allows us to develop strategies to deal with narcissistic individuals effectively, promoting healthy interactions while safeguarding our emotional well-being.
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