What Are The Types Of Narcissists? How Do You Know Which Type You’re Dealing With?




Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is the diagnosis. Unfortunately, most people who would qualify for NPD are never diagnosed and rarely seek treatment.

Those with the disorder are distinguished by which type of narcissism they have, based on their actions.

There are three categories: Exhibitionist, Closet, and Toxic.


1. Exhibitionist Narcissists

Also referred to as Somatic, exhibitionists always have to be the center of attention. Their narcissistic behaviors are overt, or not hidden.

Generally rude and obnoxious, they’re bullies who yell at waiters and subordinates.

Because they don’t hide their narcissistic tendencies, this type is easier to recognize than the other types.

They see nothing wrong with abusing others and have an inflated sense of entitlement.

They use people mercilessly, lack empathy, and never feel remorse. They are incapable of loving anyone, including their own children.

Like all narcissists, they’re blatant liars. Even caught red-handed, they will completely deny any culpability.

Due to their extroverted actions, they’re easier to recognize than the other types.


2. Closet Narcissists

This type has a completely different persona than their overt counterparts. They may seem inhibited, shy or awkward.

Sometimes called Covert, their narcissistic behaviors are closeted, or hidden. They’re very adept at not showing their true natures, making them harder to identify as predators.

Like all narcissists, they lack empathy and consider themselves superior to others.

Being skilled actors, they easily convince victims that they’re sincere, loving, and kind.

While they covertly sabotage the lives of others, they remain above suspicion due to their outward appearances.


3. Toxic Narcissists

Toxic, or Malignant Narcissists are the most dangerous type. Their behaviors may be overt, covert, or a combination of both.

They are sadistic and cruel, though victims rarely see this side until their lives are already intwined.

Like all narcissists, they enjoy creating drama and chaos in the lives of their victims. The Malignant Narcissist takes it up a notch, however.

They’re use intimidation techniques to cause fear in their victims and are prone to violence.

Sometimes called psychopaths or sociopaths, they’re capable of unimaginable acts of cruelty, especially to those closest to him.

Sexually deviant and sadistic, they don’t believe laws apply to them. This type of Narcissist is most likely to seriously injure or murder their partners.


Regardless of category, narcissists have to meet five of these nine criteria to be diagnosed with NPD:

  • A sense of self-importance or grandiose behavior
  • Fantasies of being wealthy, influential, or famous
  • Exaggerating their abilities and accomplishments
  • Craving admiration and praise
  • Preoccupied with beauty, love, power, or success
  • Extreme sense of entitlement
  • Believes themself to be unique or special
  • Exploiting others
  • Lacking empathy.


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