anothernight wrote:What's the difference between a really low functioning/depressed borderline and a covert narcissist??
who38 wrote:This is the whole problem with this thread and why I think it shouldn't even be here. Now every bpd is going to think they are a narc!
who38 wrote:It shouldn't go anywhere. You shouldn't have posted it IMO. You have been on the npd board forever...if you are so bpd maybe you should have came here once instead of living on the narc board. We all know who came up with the brilliant bpd/ covert narc theory over there and now you're bringing it here to people already shaky with their identity. BTW...I don't go anywhere near that NPD board now.
What Is A Covert Narcissist?
Absolutely undoubtedly the most damaging and severe form of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is covert narcissism. Covert narcissists can seem highly defensive and extremely hostile whilst masking beneath their facade a highly insecure sense of emotional vulnerability; a vulnerability they will do absolutely anything within their power to prevent being exposed.
Although a covert narcissist generally possesses the same traits as an overt narcissist (the need for attention, approval, adulation and grandiose fantasies), these are not commonly expressed in their overt behavior which makes covert/closet or stealth narcissists all the more difficult to be able to recognize.
How Is Covert Narcissism Different?
In addition to the standard symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the covert narcissist is also susceptible to stress and worry. They have a tendency to function inefficiently (ie they are dysfunctional) whilst their inner expectations remain unfulfilled.
Closet/stealth narcissists repress awareness of their narcissistic traits due to their inner conflict, deep down inside they find their fantasies embarrassing and unacceptable. Deep down inside they realize that their fantasies are ultimately self-centered and are to solicit goodness and power to one's self; to put one's self up on a pedestal, above all others.
What Are The Symptoms Of Covert Narcissism?
Covert narcissists are usually too afraid to exhibit any of their accomplishments to others and they commonly underestimate their own capabilities. Their overt behavior projects an innocent, angel-like, good as gold persona which builds them a credible and faultless reputation yet they fail to reach their true potential due to their own self-doubt. Some covert narcissists end up losing all interest in their hobbies and desires and end up deciding to do nothing with their lives - they seem to have no real interests - yet they are extremely self-entitled and expect other people to do everything for them.
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