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Understanding Narcissistic Abuse: the ones we need to avoid according to Mental Health Perspective

Published on: February 29, 2024

Narcissism is a personality condition characterized by an overinflated feeling of self-importance, a desire for praise, and a lack of empathy for others. While most people have some degree of narcissistic traits, it becomes a problem when it interferes with their relationships and daily functioning.

According to mental health providers, there are six types of narcissists, each with their unique traits and behaviors. This article will explore these types and the ones we must avoid for our well-being. Understanding the different types of narcissists is crucial in navigating relationships and protecting our mental well-being.

From exquisite to covert narcissists, each presents unique challenges that mental health providers warn us to avoid.

Let’s delve into the world of narcissism, exploring the behaviors and traits that define these individuals.

 Narcissistic abuse can have long-term consequences for victims, leading to emotional trauma and psychological distress. It is essential to recognize the signs of selfish behavior early on to protect oneself from falling into a toxic relationship. Seeking help from mental health professionals and establishing healthy boundaries are crucial steps in breaking free from the cycle of narcissistic abuse.  Remember that you deserve respect. And love and prioritizing your well-being is never selfish.

The Grandiose Narcissist

The grandiose narcissist is the most known type of narcissist. They have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and believe they are superior to others. They often seek admiration and attention and must be considered special or unique.

Grandiose narcissists can be charming and charismatic, making it easy for them to manipulate and control others. They may also have a sense of entitlement and lack empathy for others, making it challenging to maintain healthy relationships.

The Vulnerable Narcissist

The vulnerable narcissist is like the grandiose narcissist, but they have fragile self-esteem and are more sensitive to criticism. They may appear shy or introverted, but they still have a strong need for attention and validation.

Vulnerable narcissists may also have a victim mentality, and People are continually seeking comfort and approval from others.

They may also use self-pity and guilt to manipulate others into giving them attention and sympathy.

Malignant Narcissist

The malignant narcissist is the most dangerous type of narcissist. They have all the traits of a grandiose narcissist, but they also have a sadistic and aggressive side. They may enjoy causing harm to others and lack remorse for their actions.

Malignant narcissists may also have a strong need for control and may use manipulation, gaslighting, and other tactics to maintain power over others. They may also have a history of criminal behavior and may be prone to violence.

The Covert Narcissist

The covert narcissist is like the vulnerable narcissist, but they are more introverted and may appear shy or withdrawn. They may also have low self-esteem and fear rejection, but they still have a strong need for admiration and validation.

Covert narcissists may use passive-aggressive behavior and manipulation to get what they want. They may also have a victim mentality and may use guilt and self-pity to control others.

The Communal Narcissist

The communal narcissist is a type of narcissist who presents themselves as selfless and caring. They may appear to be the perfect friend or partner, but their actions are often motivated by their need for admiration and validation.

Communal narcissists may also use their acts of kindness and generosity to manipulate and control others. They may also have a strong need for recognition and may become resentful if they do not receive the praise they believe they deserve.

The Somatic Narcissist

The somatic narcissist is obsessed with their physical appearance and may use their looks to gain attention and admiration. They may also have a strong need for sexual validation and may use their sexuality to manipulate and control others.

Somatic narcissists may also have a sense of entitlement and may become angry or aggressive if they do not receive the attention and validation they believe they deserve. They may also have a history of multiple sexual partners and may engage in risky sexual behavior.

The One to Avoid: The Malignant Narcissist

Out of all the types of narcissists, the one we need to avoid the most is the malignant narcissist. They are the most dangerous and destructive type of narcissist and can cause serious harm to those around them.

Malignant narcissists have a lack of empathy and remorse, making it difficult for them to form healthy relationships. They may also have a history of criminal behavior and may be prone to violence.

If you suspect that someone in your life may be a malignant narcissist, it is crucial to distance yourself from them and seek support from mental health professionals.

Songs About Narcissistic Abuse

Music can be a powerful tool for healing and processing emotions, and many songs address the topic of narcissistic abuse. Here are a few examples:

  • “Gaslighter” by The Chicks: This song addresses the manipulation and gaslighting tactics used by narcissists.
  • “Narcissist” by No Rome ft. The 1975: This song explores the toxic and destructive nature of a relationship with a narcissist.
  • “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Billie Eilish: This song touches on the theme of power and control in a relationship with a narcissist.
  • “Narcissus” by Alanis Morissette: This song delves into the feelings of betrayal and hurt caused by a narcissistic partner.
  • “Narcissistic Cannibal” by Korn ft. Skrillex and Kill the Noise: This song highlights the destructive and manipulative nature of a narcissist.


Narcissism is a complex and destructive personality disorder that can have a significant impact on those around the narcissist. By understanding the different types of narcissists and the behaviors associated with them, we can better safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from their dangerous actions. If you suspect that someone in your life may be a narcissist, it is essential to seek support from mental health professionals and distance yourself from the toxic relationship. Remember, your well-being is the most important thing.

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