We might expect that the reaction narcissists choose when things go wrong is full of vitriol, rather than a conscious and deliberate consideration of alternatives. Part and parcel of narcissism, after all, is the sense that you’re entitled to get your way. When the fates don’t cooperate, you’re enraged and you lash out at anyone and everyone, but especiallythose you identify as thwarting your goals.
Getting infuriated when your wishes are blocked falls in the category of emotion-focused coping: It doesn’t accomplish anything other than perhaps annoying the people who could help you (and maybe making you feel—temporarily—better). If you’re a narcissist, such an explosive reaction actually puts you in a negative light, which is the last way you want to appear to the outside world.