Different Types of Narcissism: How to Spot and Deal With Them

Different Types of Narcissism: How to Spot and Deal With Them

There are different types of narcissism and it can be tough to spot them. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of narcissism and how to deal with them. Narcissists can be very manipulative and destructive, so it is important to know how to handle them. If you think you might be in a relationship with a narcissist, or if you work with someone who displays narcissistic traits, read on for helpful tips!

What Is Narcissism?

What Is Narcissism?Narcissism is described as extreme self-absorption, an inflated sense of self-importance, a need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental condition that affects about 0.75% of the US population. There are different types of narcissism, and each one has its own set of symptoms and behaviors.

It is believed that narcissism is about 50% genetic and 50% learned. And the reason why some people are more prone to narcissism than others is still not fully understood. According to studies, people who are narcissists tend to be more successful, have higher self-esteem, and are more attractive than non-narcissists. But they also tend to be more manipulative, and aggressive, and have a higher need for approval.

For example, if you’re dating a narcissist, they may try to control you by making all the decisions, or constantly needing attention and validation. And if you’re friends with a narcissist, they may try to undermine you or steal your thunder. Narcissism can be tricky to spot, because some narcissistic behaviors can actually be positive, like having high self-confidence or being ambitious.

So be careful and be on the lookout for these different types of narcissism. And seek help if someone you know is exhibiting narcissistic behavior that is negatively impacting their life or the lives of those around them.

Prevalence Of Different Types Of Narcissism

Prevalence Of Different Types Of NarcissismIt is believed that narcissism exists on a spectrum. Some people may have some narcissistic qualities while others may be full-blown narcissists. There are different types of narcissism, and it is important to be able to identify them so that you can better deal with them.

And when it comes to prevalence, research suggests that around one percent of the population would be classed as a ‘grandiose’ narcissist. Another two percent would be classed as ‘vulnerable’ narcissists.

But it is also worth noting that narcissism exists on a continuum. So, you may find yourself somewhere in-between or you may have traits from different types. But still, the different types can be helpful in terms of understanding narcissism better.

Moreover, the prevalence also varies depending on the type of narcissism. For example, research suggests that grandiose narcissism is more common in men while vulnerable narcissism is more common in women. Because males are typically more ‘socially dominant’, they may be more likely to display grandiose narcissistic qualities. Whereas, females are typically more ‘nurturing’ and ‘cooperative’, which may lead to them displaying vulnerable narcissistic qualities.

However, some studies have found that there is no significant difference between the sexes when it comes to narcissism. So, it is still not entirely clear whether there is a link between gender and narcissism. Thus you should not make assumptions about someone’s narcissism based on their gender.

Top 5 Types Of Narcissism

There are many different types of narcissism, and it can be hard to spot them all. Here are the top five:

  • Overt narcissism
  • Covert narcissism
  • Antagonistic narcissism
  • Communal narcissism
  • Malignant narcissism

These are just a few of the different types of narcissism. Let’s understand in detail how to spot and deal with each one.

Overt narcissism

Overt narcissism is the most obvious type. These are the people who love to be in the spotlight and crave attention. They are often charming and charismatic, but they can also be vain and self-absorbed. If you’re in a relationship with an overt narcissist, you may find yourself feeling like you’re not good enough or that you don’t matter.

It is believed people who are overt narcissists are more likely to have an inflated sense of self-importance and a need for admiration. They also tend to be preoccupied with power, success, and beauty. Overt narcissists are sometimes described as having a “grandiose” personality. Some common signs that you might notice are:

  • bragging and exaggerating their accomplishments
  • belittling and putting others down
  • having a sense of entitlement
  • expecting special treatment
  • being exploitative of others
  • being obsessed with appearance and needing constant validation

Some researchers have also found a link between overt narcissism and taking more sexual risks. This could be because they are more likely to see sex as a way to boost their ego or power.

Covert narcissism

Covert narcissismCovert narcissism is a bit more subtle. These people may seem shy or insecure, but underneath they are actually quite vain and self-centered. They might fish for compliments or attention, but they’ll do it in a way that seems humble or even self-deprecating.

For example, a covert narcissist might say something like, “I’m such an idiot, I can’t believe I said that,” after making a mildly embarrassing comment. They want you to tell them they’re not an idiot, so they can feel better about themselves. This type of narcissist can be harder to spot because they’re not as in-your-face about their ego.

However, covert narcissists are just as manipulative as the other types. They might try to take advantage of your good nature by making you feel sorry for them or by constantly needing your help. If you’re in a relationship with a covert narcissist, you might find yourself always giving and never receiving.

Antagonistic narcissism

In many types of narcissism, this behavior is a way to get what the narcissist wants. But with antagonistic narcissism, it’s more about feeling superior to others and putting them down. If you’re dealing with someone who has this type of narcissism, you’ll likely feel like you’re always walking on eggshells around them.

Some common signs of antagonistic narcissism include:

  • Being highly critical of others
  • Putting others down to make themselves feel better
  • Constantly needing to be the center of attention
  • Being quick to anger or become defensive
  • Proneness to argument

These signs might not all be present, but if you’re dealing with someone who has any of them, it’s important to be aware that this is how they operate. Because when you’re dealing with antagonistic narcissism, it’s not about winning an argument—it’s about feeling superior. And that’s something you can never let them win.

Communal narcissism

The communal narcissism type might seem like the most “normal” type of narcissism, but that’s because it’s the most covert. This type is less likely to seek out the spotlight, but they will use their charm and likeability to control those around them. It is usually seen as the opposite of antagonistic narcissism, but communal narcissism is just as damaging.

People with this type show some common signs, these include:

  • easily outraged
  • described themselves as generous and kind
  • hypersensitive
  • always need to be right
  • see themselves as a victim
  • quick to judge others

Still, some people got confused and thought that all narcissism is the same. All narcissists share some common traits, but there are different types of narcissism. And each type has its own set of symptoms. For example, in communal narcissism, a person can manipulate in a way that you will not realize your beliefs are not your own.

Malignant narcissism

This is one of the most dangerous types of narcissism. People with malignant narcissism are characterized by their grandiose sense of self, need for power and control, and lack of empathy. They will go to great lengths to get what they want and will often manipulate or hurt other people in the process.

Types of narcissism exist at different levels of severity and malignant narcissist are at the top of that totem pole. For example, someone with malignant narcissism might be a con artist or sociopath. Some common signs are:

  • vindictiveness
  • enjoyment in other’s pain
  • aggressive while interacting
  • heightened worry about threats
  • paranoid behavior

So, you can see the destructive potential in someone with malignant narcissism. If you think you may be dealing with a malignant narcissist, it’s important to get help from a professional.

Overall, each type of narcissism exists on a spectrum. And, it’s important to remember that we all have some narcissistic traits (after all, it is part of human nature). The key is to be aware of these tendencies and make sure they don’t take over our lives or hurt the people around us.

How Does It Impact Life?

How Does It Impact Life?When it comes to narcissism, there are different types that can impact a person’s life in various ways. Some common consequences of narcissism include:

  • An impaired ability to function in relationships
  • Lack of empathy
  • Inability to handle criticism or setbacks
  • Difficulty maintaining work/school performance
  • Problems with substance abuse

These are just some of the ways that narcissism can take a toll on someone’s life. For instance, people who are narcissistic often have a hard time maintaining healthy relationships. This is because they tend to lack empathy and have difficulty handling criticism or setbacks. Additionally, they may also struggle with substance abuse problems.

Studies suggested that there are different types of narcissism, and each impacts a person’s life differently. For example, grandiose narcissism often leads to problems in relationships and at work or school. Meanwhile, vulnerable narcissism often has difficulty coping with criticism or setbacks. They may also struggle with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

While all types of narcissism can be harmful, it’s important to remember that not everyone who exhibits some narcissistic traits is a full-blown narcissist. But if this is impacting your life then do not hesitate to reach out to help. Recovery is possible!

Tips To Deal With Them

If you spot a narcissist, the best thing you can do is to keep your distance. Narcissists are master manipulators and will try to control every situation they’re in. They’re also very good at making others feel inferior, so it’s best not to engage with them.

If you have to deal with a narcissist, here are a few tips to help you through the interaction:

Don’t take things personally

Don't take things personallyThis is one of the most important things to remember when dealing with a narcissist. They will say and do things that are hurtful, but it’s not about you. Narcissists use others as pawns in their own game, so don’t take it personally when they try to manipulate or control you. Also, you should understand that anything a narcissist says about you is likely a projection.

Set boundaries

Narcissists will try to take advantage of you if they can. They will also try to control every situation they’re in. So it’s important that you set boundaries with them. Let them know what you will and won’t tolerate, and stick to your guns. For example, if they’re constantly interrupting you, let them know that you don’t appreciate it and that you’ll walk away if they do it again.

Don’t engage in arguments

Narcissists love to argue. They will try to pick fights with you or bait you into an argument. But don’t take the bait. But if you must argue with a narcissist, try to stay calm and keep your cool. Narcissists will try to get under your skin and push your buttons, but if you can remain calm, you’ll be in a better position to handle the situation.

Keep your interactions short

It is best to keep your interactions with narcissists short. This is because they will try to suck all the energy out of you and will leave you feeling exhausted. So try to limit the amount of time you spend with them.

Be assertive

Assertiveness is simply being confident and firm in what you believe, without being aggressive. Assertiveness is a skill that can be learned and practiced. If you’re not used to being assertive, it may feel strange or even uncomfortable at first. But keep practicing, and it will eventually become second nature. And you will easily deal with narcissists.

Stay calm and collected

Stay calm and collectedGetting defensive will only make the situation worse. If you can, try to see things from their perspective and have a heart-to-heart conversation about why their behavior is hurtful. However, it might be best to avoid them altogether if possible. Staying calm is always the key to any situation. For example, if you’re arguing with a narcissist, they’ll try to get under your skin and make you emotional so they can invalidate your feelings. If you can keep calm, it’ll be harder for them to manipulate you.

These are some tips to deal with the different types of narcissism. If you think you might be dealing with a narcissist, the best thing to do is to talk to a professional about it. They can help you figure out what to do and how to best deal with the situation. Remember, you’re not alone and there are people who can help.


Conclusively types of narcissism are self-absorbed, grandiose, attention-seeking, and having a sense of entitlement. If you find yourself in a relationship with one of these types it is best to walk away before getting too emotionally attached. If you are already in a committed relationship with a narcissist the best thing you can do is try to set boundaries and keep communication open. Be prepared for them to try and gaslight you into thinking you are the crazy one.

However, if you want to help someone with narcissistic tendencies, the best thing you can do is get them professional help. Narcissists often do not think they have a problem and will not seek out therapy on their own. So the decision should be made carefully, as you may be risking your relationship with them.

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