Quora Answers: The Subtypes Of Narcissists



What Are The Different Types Of NPD?
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People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are distinguished by which type of narcissism they have, based on their actions. Although those with the disorder don’t necessarily fit into just one category, there are three subtypes: Exhibitionist – also referred to as Somatic; Closet – also referred to as Covert; and Toxic – also referred to as Malignant.

Narcissism exists on a spectrum; therefore, each individual’s symptoms will have different levels of severity. Regardless of category, all narcissists have to meet five of these nine criteria to be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

  • A sense of self-importance or grandiose behavior
  • Fantasies about being wealthy, influential, or famous
  • Exaggerating their abilities and accomplishments
  • Craving admiration and praise
  • Preoccupied with beauty, love, power, or success
  • Extreme sense of entitlement
  • Believing themselves to be unique or special
  • Exploiting others
  • Lacking empathy

Exhibitionist Narcissists:

These types always have to be the center of attention. They do not hide their belief that they’re superior to others. Those who are classified as an exhibitionist are the stereotypical grandiose narcissist. Their behaviors are overt, or not hidden.

NPD is a Cluster B Personality Disorder.

They’re bullies who won’t hesitate to yell at waiters and subordinates. Often rude, loud, and obnoxious, they’re easier to recognize than the other types due to their extroverted actions. They’ll never apologize for their behaviors, nor have any remorse for the abuse they inflict on others.


They see nothing wrong with causing pain because they deem everyone as inferior to themselves. They have an inflated sense of entitlement, use others mercilessly to further their own agenda, and completely lack empathy.

They are incapable of loving anyone, including their own children. They’re blatant liars who will deny culpability, even if caught in the act of wrongdoing.

Closet Narcissists:

Closet Narcissists have a completely different persona. They may seem withdrawn or inhibited, often appearing shy and awkward. Unlike the overt, grandiosity of the Exhibitionist, the Closet Narcissist’s behaviors are covert, or hidden.

These types are harder to identify as predators due to their hidden narcissistic behaviors. They are very adept at not showing their true natures, always careful to keep their masks intact. Inside their minds, though, they consider themselves superior and believe others to be beneath them.

Lacking empathy and the ability to form attachments to others, they’re very skilled actors who can easily convince victims that they’re sincere, loving, and kind. They go about sabotaging the lives of others covertly, often being above suspicion due to their outward appearances.

Covert Narcissists are fully capable of physical violence. Maintaining their persona is of utmost importance, which makes them more likely to hire someone else to do their dirty work.


Toxic Narcissists:

Toxic Narcissists are sadistic and horribly cruel, though victims rarely see that side until their lives are already intwined. Their behaviors may be overt, covert, or a combination of both. Prone to violence, they use intimidation techniques to cause fear in their victims.

Like other narcissists, they enjoy creating drama and chaos in the lives of their victims. The Malignant Narcissist takes it up a notch, however. They are the ones most likely to seriously injure or murder their partners.

Sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths, the Toxic Narcissist is capable of unimaginable acts of cruelty, especially to those closest to him. They’re sexually deviant and do not believe laws apply to them.

Besides having NPD, this type also has at least one additional Cluster B Personality Disorder. They may exhibit symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, and/or Histrionic Personality Disorder.


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Quora Answers: Violence, Drugs, And Narcissists


Is It Normal For Narcissists To Use Drugs & Alcohol? And To Become Violent & Abusive?


It’s relatively common for narcissists to be substance abusers.

Every one I’ve known and/or with whom I had a relationship abused substances on a regular basis.

Sometimes it was drugs. Sometimes it was alcohol.

Lots of times, it was both.

These narcs didn’t just use drugs and alcohol.

They abused drugs and alcohol, to the point of extreme addiction.

It’s also the norm for narcissists to be abusive, although they aren’t all violent.

Covert Narcissists abuse people in ways that aren’t easily identifiable.

Sabotage, smear campaigns, gaslighting, and immoral manipulation techniques are examples of covert abuse.

Malignant Narcissists are well known for being violent and outwardly abusive. That’s not to say they don’t engage in covert abuse, though.

This type of narcissist will abuse in every way possible and are the likeliest to injure or murder their partners.

Any narcissist is capable of being abusive.

What differentiates one from the other is the manner in which they abuse.



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Processing Pain Is Necessary In Order To Heal From Narcissistic Abuse


Quora Answers: May I Ask Your Advice? I’m Having A Really Bad Time After Being Discarded By My Narcissist Ex, And I Just Now Realized He’s A Narcissist.


First and foremost, have mercy on yourself.

Understand that you are not to blame for being conned by a narcissist.

So many people who have never been entwined in a narcissist’s web of lies falsely believe that it wouldn’t happen to them.

They are dead wrong. It can happen to anybody.

Prepare yourself mentally for pain.

Think about what you’re going to go through on your path to recovery in the same way you would if you just broke a bone.

You know you are going to face a certain amount of pain.

There’s no way to get around it.

So accept it.

Embrace it, even, as a valuable life lesson. And learn everything you can from it.

Educate yourself on Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Abuse Victim Syndrome.

Knowledge is power, though it’s not a pain reliever.

In fact, there will be times when the knowledge you’re gaining exacerbates your pain.

Accept the emotional agony so you can process it.

Allow yourself to cry, scream, and rage when you get the urge.

Find a safe place so you can get it all out.

Purging the negativity is essential and you can’t do it if you restrain yourself.

Be open to new coping strategies.

I took up kickboxing and found it to be very helpful in releasing pent-up anger and rage.

I also find music to be therapeutic.

Everyone deals with things differently, so what works for some people won’t necessarily work for others.

But there’s one thing that is true for everyone.

If you don’t allow yourself to feel the pain, the humiliation, the loss, and the grief, you will not be able to heal.

Your spirit and soul are wounded.

Just like with a broken bone, you won’t recover without facing some necessary pain.

Accept that knowledge and give yourself the time and self-care that are necessary for a full recovery.



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A Global Partnership To Help Victims Of Narcissistic Abuse




As an Advocate and Survivor of Narcissistic Abuse, I know firsthand how badly the justice system is failing. After enduring extreme abuse at the hands of Narcissists, victims seeking help are further traumatized by the justice system.

Most victims don’t have the financial resources to get out of their abusive situations. When they seek assistance from those sworn to protect and serve, it’s a devastating blow to find out there’s no help available.

Sure, there are shelters for temporary protection, but the conditions at those places are often substandard, at best. Despite phenomenal efforts by survivors and advocates, little progress has been made that actually helps victims.

I have personally contacted organizations on behalf of victims who were in emergency situations. They desperately needed help for themselves and their children.

To my shock and dismay, none of these women actually received assistance from any of the sources I contacted. Instead, they were forced to stay with their abusers and fend for themselves.

Unfortunately, the extreme abuse they’re enduring will escalate, and their lives remain at risk.

Unless they get help, the likelihood of escaping their nightmare is slim.Although it’s not my intention to diminish the importance of continuing to raise awareness of Narcissistic Abuse, that effort alone is not enough.

As an Advocate, many victims reach out to me for advice. Sometimes, they just need someone who understands what they’re going through. Sometimes, they simply don’t know where else to turn.

While I appreciate the responsibility, it’s very frustrating to be unable to find a solution that will lead them to safety. I’m tired of failing them. I’m tired of society failing them.

Narcissistic Abuse has reached epidemic proportions. The problem isn’t limited to the United States, by any means. It’s an issue in every country around the globe.

So why aren’t world leaders doing something about it? I don’t know the answer to that question. But I do know of one very progressive leader who has taken the initiative to raise awareness.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, has risen to the challenge.

To his credit, he is already helping to Raise Awareness. For several months now, he’s made my blog posts available in his kingdom. He understands the importance of knowledge. He also understands that something more needs to be done to help. Prince Mohammad agrees that victims in life-threatening situations should be the first priority.

Working together as global partners, Serena Prince-375 Media and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia want to make a difference. By establishing a fund specifically for victims in emergency situations, we hope to save lives.

Obviously, we can’t do it alone. We need other people to get involved and turn this into a full-fledged movement. It can be done with enough ambition, corporate sponsors, and individuals who want to make the world a safer place.

Saudi Arabia will match every dollar that is raised.

I’ll be reaching out to businesses, organizations, Influencers, and Advocates to ask for support. I’ll post regular updates and continue providing information in order to get as many people involved as possible.

If you’re reading this, we need your help too. Whether it’s donating your time or offering monetary support, I’m grateful for any and all help.





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Quora Answers: Does A Narcissist Always Turn Violent During An Argument?



Not all narcissists turn violent during arguments with their partners.

Those who do won’t necessarily become violent every time.

As much as I like to spread the word about the misery that narcs cause, it would be misleading to say that even Malignant Narcissists turn violent every time they argue with their partners.

The knowledge that I have about narcissism is based on both firsthand experience and extensive research on the subject.

Most Covert Narcs don’t turn violent themselves, although they are definitely capable.

They will, however, hire someone to perform acts of violence on their behalf, or simply persuade a Flying Monkey to do the deed.

When this happens, the argument that precipitated the narc to resort to violence will have been forgotten by their partner.

Yet, the entitled narc may still seek retribution.

Another alternative to violence that narcissists use is extreme verbal abuse, which can be every bit as painful as a physical blow, if not more.

Malignant Narcissists are by far the most likely to turn violent with their partners, and do so on a regular basis.

Their partner will definitely know what they are capable of, having been shown by the narc many times before.

Because of this, the narcissist may get enough sadistic pleasure just by seeing the fear and apprehension in the eyes of their partner.

So they don’t feel it’s necessary to resort to physical violence that particular time.

A mistake I made when I was married to a Malignant Narc was thinking that he’d changed his ways and would no longer assault me.

He had managed to go several years without physically abusing me, so I thought that particular nightmare was a thing of the past.

We got into an argument one morning and I stood my ground, not realizing that I was awakening the sleeping giant with my words.

I learned that day never to assume that the narc’s physical abuse was over after an attack that resulted in my neck being broken in three places.

Narcissists may not become violent every time they argue with their partners, but when they do, it’s wise not to underestimate their propensity to cause extreme harm.


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