Being Embarrassed/Humiliated Narcissist Fears Most –

Being Embarrassed/Humiliated

Being at once hypersensitive and grandiose, narcissists have unrealistic expectations and are threatened by even small, meaningless slights that others would easily brush off. Feeling embarrassed or humiliated is painful for anyone, but narcissists’ emotional instability and off-the-charts compensatory sense of superiority make them especially reactive to those emotions.

To avoid such feelings, narcissists often preemptively humiliate people around them to gain the upper hand. And they compulsively compete, even about insignificant things to the point of absurdity, aligning with whatever markers of status are within reach, such as the following:

  • being more attractive
  • having more successful friends
  • owning the biggest television screen
  • wearing the most stylish clothes
  • reading more critically acclaimed books
  • living in a sunnier climate
  • having more exciting sex
  • driving an expensive car
  • raising more accomplished children
  • going on the most interesting or extravagant vacations

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