Quora Answers: Explanation Of Covert, Overt, And Malignant Narcissists




Why Not Covert & Overt Narcissists? Why Covert & Malignant Instead? What’s The Difference Between Overt & Malignant?


The terms “covert” and “overt” are describe the type of behavior patterns and narcissistic tendencies that someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) displays to the world.

Covert behaviors mean the affected person hides their narcissistic tendencies.

Their actions are introverted, or closeted.

They actively sabotage the lives of others. But they do it undercover.

This makes it harder to identify whether or not they’re a narcissist.

It also enables them to abuse people indiscriminately.


But generally without ever coming under suspicion.

Like all narcissists, these people believe themselves to be superior and special.

However, their persona, or “mask,” is that of a shy, often meek, introvert.

At the other end of the spectrum is the person with NPD whose behaviors are overt.

They are the typical grandiose narcissist who outwardly abuses others.

They dominate conversations and brag on themselves shamelessly.

They outwardly portray their narcissistic tendencies.

They openly abuse people.

And don’t try to hide the belief that they’re superior to others.

A Malignant Narcissist has a combination of NPD, sadism, aggression, and an additional personality disorder, such as Antisocial Personality Disorder.

At various times, their behaviors may be both covert and overt.

A Malignant Narcissist’s behaviors are often unpredictable and contradictory.

But always dangerous.

I hope this clarifies things for you.


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