How the Narcissist Uses Cognitive Empathy to Hurt and Manipulate You
When you’re on the receiving end of a narcissist’s abuse, does it feel like you’re being tortured?
Well, that’s because you are.
In December of 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report about the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” methods. The report details how the CIA cooperated with psychologists for years to develop a program that forces the subject into a state of learned helplessness.
When you’re in a state of learned helplessness, you have suffered so much torment from outside trauma that you essentially give up your own autonomy. Learned helplessness can lead to depression and other mental illness.
If an interrogator (or narcissist) wants to force their subject into learned helplessness, the first step is to establish a connection.
And what’s the narcissist’s tool for establishing connection? Cognitive empathy.
Using Cognitive Empathy to Get What They Want
As you can see, the narcissist’s lack of empathy is a myth because they need to use cognitive empathy to get what they want from those around them.