Number 1: Hating and wanting to hurt or destroy you for exposing them.
Narcissists carefully paint this picture of themselves where they’re always the hero, the biggest victim, or the star. Think of it like they are building a house of cards. They want everyone to be fooled by it. But when someone, which in this case is you, comes along and points out that the house isn’t at all that stable or that it is actually a bit crooked, the narcissist loses it. They feel like their whole world is crumbling down. It’s like a punch in their stomach. They go into battle mode and get super angry and fixated on you. They try to win by making the other person lose so much.
Related: 10 Weaknesses All Narcissists Have.
Here is the twist, though. Deep down, they cannot get over the fact that they were exposed. It’s like a stain that just won’t come out. They act like they have moved on, but it eats at them. It doesn’t let them sleep at night, and they secretly ruminate over the fact that you were able to cause so much damage to their image. They may pretend they are happy and don’t even think about you, but the reality is they never let go. You act as a reminder of their mortified self, which remains with them until the very end.
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