The narcissist is clearly sadistic in his or her rejection of others and in feelings of superiority. What is a narcissist? Narcissism is a condition in which a person feels pathological self-hatred and is preoccupied with projecting a lovable image. They are obsessed with this false image and direct tremendous energy to other people’s impressions of them. Because the projected image is so loveable they are effective in eliciting real love from others. People’s impression of the false image feels like self-love to the narcissist. They are incapable of loving themselves or others, but want to be loved. The narcissist craves admiration and will manipulate the needs and wishes of everyone to obtain it. When a partner falls for the “lovable” image the narcissist acquires a sense of self through the look of love reflected back in the eyes and actions of the person. The narcissist needs for constant attention and caretaking takes center stage as desires of others are ignored and denied. As a relationship progresses the narcissist will not celebrate a partner’s accomplishments, compliment them on anything, and will ignore you in social settings. They genuinely don’t care about your needs and are experts at pretending they do until they have control. Than the self-involved energy vampire punishes you for having desires because they demand that all of your attention and energy be focused on them. They suck the life force and joy out of everyone they can take hostage. They prefer your admiration and awe, but eventually their behavior destroys any feelings of love and they will then settle for negative attention. This makes the emotional sadist feel all-powerful and capable of any cruelty.
The narcissist slowly progresses from minimal emotional assaults to intentionally deliberate attacks. Distancing and cold rejecting aloofness is a favorite weapon. It doesn’t matter to him if you cry because he is not affected and doesn’t care. He feels nothing and is not concerned about what you are feeling. The energy vampire is not interested in your character. The emotionally sadistic narcissist gets enjoyment from hurting someone. They are experts at manipulating people’s emotions until they are hurt more than physical abuse. He intimidates his partners to avoid expressing criticism and disapproval of his actions and decisions. His partner or children learn that this triggers fits of temper and rage attacks and turns him into an argumentative and irritable person. His extreme reactions are a punishment for perceived inconsiderateness and insensitivity of his true inner state. The narcissist blames his partner for his behavior, accuses them of provoking his outbursts and believes that they should be punished for their misbehavior. Apologies, unless accompanied by requests for forgiveness are not enough. The fuel of the narcissist’s rage is expended mainly on bizarre verbal accusations directed at made-up and imaginary intentions of the victim. If you question the appropriateness of the behavior, no longer mirroring admiration and submissiveness, this causes him or her to doubt their illusory self-esteem. You are then subjected to a period of terror where they try to hurt you for not recognizing their entitlement to your unquestioned obedience. You will be belittled and humiliated with displays of aggression and emotional violence in countless forms. His or her behavior changes from putting you on a pedestal to a severe devaluing of you as a worthy person. The narcissist is repulsed by people judged by him to be useless. These extreme alterations between seeing you as flawless to complete unworthiness make long-term relationships with the narcissist all but impossible. He will exploit you cruelly and severely. He uses you to get confirmation of the accuracy of his superior false image.
The emotional sadist’s abuse is kept secret by conditioning his partners, children, and sometimes colleagues or employees to not tell. People often find themselves involved emotionally in an intimate or employment relationship before they discover the narcissist true nature. His victims typically come from family environments where there is abuse and a “don’t talk” rule. This especially is the case in families with sexual abuse and alcoholism to hide. So secrecy is a major weapon in keeping the mistreatment confidential. They keep up a public façade appearing nonthreatening and even altruistic and in private are evil and aggressive. The victims keep the secrets safe by constructing an explanation to make sense of the cruelty, “He just can’t deal with intimacy” or “She had a bad childhood.” Some victims are raised to not “air dirty laundry” and keep silent about the abuse to family and friends. The victim is held in traumatic bondage by being convinced they are the problem and to be blamed for the misconduct. By the time the victim discovers the truth they find it difficult to leave the relationship. The emotional battering renders the wounded with feelings of helplessness and shame for not seeing through the angelic façade.
Dealing with a narcissists sadistic behavior is pretty dismal. Their numbers in society are great and it is imperative that this personality disorder becomes readily recognizable. I have worked with countless numbers of violent narcissistic men and women, many more I am sure that missed my clinical recognition. If you have found yourself living in quiet desperation or working with an emotional and/or physically abusive narcissist, please educate yourself and others about the abuse. I have written a post on “How Codependents Leave Abusive Narcissistic Relationships” and “How Codependents Leave Employment with Narcissistic Boss” that you might find helpful to read.
Thank you for reading this post. I’ve dedicated my personal and professional life to the importance of non-violence and self-compassion by teaching from my experience. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to create healthy relationships. And, as I learn and grow, I teach self-compassion and give advice I use myself, in the hopes that it helps you to improve your own life.