I continue to read up on the subject so I can remain steadfast.It's easy to fall prey to them especially when they are convinced that I am victimizing them.
The results of our new study were recently published in the journal .Craig Hi Craig, Thanks for sending over the link to your narcissism spectrum scale study, very interesting! It seems likely based on my experience with an introverted narc that they would deny any association with the term narcissist. Although there were a few people who struggled to accept your identification of an introverted narc, it was very validating for me to read.I grew up with a covert, or extroverted narc brother and identifying him was easy.The more rational type, yet always correct, and easily offended if someone logically proves the person wrong. I always said and concluded with a phrase, that I decades later heard Thomas Sheridan claim too.Offended instead of being happy for some new interesting thoughts and perspectives. Well, my intuitive perception believes that they are more about avoidance. The more primitive Id-driven, is more about gaining something. I was a teenager when I concluded what he probably also concluded decades back.. They can be extremely ego-righteous, those "Cerebreal Narcissists" (A term first seen at Vaknin's) Wow your brother and father?They do not seek the truth, but to blow up their own ego, is their goal with "knowledge". Why did you have to go no contact with the entire family? Anyway it was nice to read positive intelligent comments coming from someone on this subject. My ex and my new BF were complete opposites yet I started seeing they very much the same in a lot of weird ways.Both liars and both hiding who they really are yet their approaches were very different they both had deep wounds from childhood. It's weird to see how it all influenced who they are today. They can't let go yet they beating you off with their ugly treatment of you and their new supply they are always on prowl for .It took much longer to understand that my father was a narc also because he was so different in how he behaved.In both cases, they are never wrong, project & gaslight.In a nutshell, we were able to replicate most of the authors' initial findings and we reached two main conclusions; (1) The single-question measure does indeed correlate positively with the more complex 40-item NPI questionnaire (i.e., they both seem to measure narcissism).(2) Importantly, while the NPI-based measure seems to conflate narcissism with normal, or healthy self-esteem (due to questions that ask people about more normative traits like "confidence" and "assertiveness"), the single-item measure did not correlate with self-esteem at all!