Do Narcissists Have Real Emotions? The Surprising Answer!

Do Narcissists Have Real Emotions? The Surprising Answer!

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Do Narcissists Have Real Emotions? The Surprising Answer on today’s episode of But Still She Thrives

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Speaker 1: (00:00)
In today’s episode of, but Still She Thrives. We are gonna talk about do narcissists really have emotions? They have what we see as emotions, but are they true emotions? Stay tuned and find out.

Speaker 1: (00:14)
Hey, Queens, welcome to, but still she thrives. Do you wanna stop getting caught up in that wicked web of a creepy crawling narcissist? You find yourself up late at night replaying the abuse you put up with and wondering how you can heal now, do you wake up hoping for healthy relationships and peace only to feel totally exhausted? And mind ed, girl, I see you. I’m Christie. I too had to disconnect from toxic people in my life, and I wished I could undo the damage. I felt ashamed, lonely, and kind of lost. But I’m a stubborn Italian and I refuse to give up. I found ways to recalibrate my mind and body more quickly than I thought and can now share them with you. In this podcast, you will find coping tools, healing methods, and confidence boosters so you can trust yourself and find peace and freedom. So, shields up ladies, let’s go protect our peace.

Speaker 1: (01:12)
All right, let’s dive into this. I can say I myself was really wondering about this. When I started to really delve into narcissistic abuse with my own experience with studying it. This was something I was like, oh, I get so confused about this because they can turn on the tears. Or are they real tears? Sometimes it seems so genuine. They have all these different emotions that we can relate to, but there’s something that seems off about it, so it makes us wonder. So we’re gonna explore. All right. To begin, let’s clarify what narcissism is. If you’re new here, maybe you don’t know. It is narcissistic personality disorder or N p D. It’s a mental health condition, really characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a deep need for admiration and important, very important in this is the lack of empathy for others. So it’s not just someone who’s like, oh, they’re such a narcissist.

Speaker 1: (02:08)
They’re just so cocky, right? It goes a lot deeper. There’s a lot of characteristics. You can go binge a bunch of my episodes to find out more, but they often come across as arrogant and self-centered. So I think it’s important to know do they have emotions? Do they real emotions? Do they have the same emotions the rest of quote us do? So do they have emotions? The short answer is yes. Like anyone else, they experience a wide range of emotions, happiness, sadness, anger. We know about that. Anger and narcissist, don’t we? And even fear, right? However, the way they experience and express their emotions is what’s really very different from what we consider typical. So they may have difficulty connecting with and understanding their own emotions. For me, I I really picture them as having these deep, deep buried emotions that they can’t even touch on.

Speaker 1: (03:06)
Occasionally, depending on how much frequency of contact, how long you’ve known the narcissist, you may get a little glimpse of this vulnerability where you see a true ish emotion. I’ve experienced that very, very rarely with someone that I have known for decades. Um, I would say twice I feel I’ve seen what is actually a true emotion. Um, because they, they really don’t even understand their own selves. They can’t cope with emotions. So they don’t really go there. Their intense focus on themselves also often makes it challenging for them to empathize with the emotions of other people. They’re always so up their own asses, let’s call it what it is that they can’t see past it, right? And they, so they just have this block there. And another important aspect to consider is this narcissistic mass. So it’s kind of referring to what, what I was talking about there about, you know, there’s these emotions buried deep, but they often present a very carefully crafted image to the world.

Speaker 1: (04:17)
And this conceals all those insecurities, all their vulnerabilities, ’cause they have ’em. So that’s another episode. They do have insecurities. A lot of narcissists come off as so cocky, an arrogant, and they know it all. And they are actually completely the opposite. So this mask can make it seem like they lack emotions or are only concerned with their own needs, which honestly, I do believe most of them are only concern concerned with their own needs. But that is where that comes from, is they are, are showing that they are this, oh, look at me, I’ve done this and I’ve done that. They brag, they come off as very arrogant. And so it kind of will really highlight that they are not concerned with other people and they have a big, big focus on themselves. But beneath that exterior, narcissists can be very fragile. They may react strongly to perceived slights or criticism.

Speaker 1: (05:19)
So that’s something to look out for. If there is someone who cannot handle being wrong, cannot handle being criticized, even when you come at it in a loving way, even when you use that sandwich mess method and you roll up there and say, oh my God, you’re the best. And, but here’s this little thing I wish you would do a little differently and not treat me like garbage, but I love you and I hope we can work it out. They still come at you all crazy. They can’t handle being just disciplined, or not even disciplined, but just talk, having a healthy conversation about changes that need to be made. Whatever it is, they cannot handle that. So they struggle to understand, like we said, and also more importantly, manage the, the emotions they do have, the emotions it triggers inside of them. So this whole paradox of arrogance and fragility, I think is really what confuses so many of us.

Speaker 1: (06:23)
And now that we know more about narcissism, narcissism can’t even say the word today. Um, now that there’s more information out there, it’s so helpful because now you can see, okay, I think this person is so arrogant, they’re very fragile. But don’t let that make you feel, uh, because sometimes, let’s be honest, when we see a fragile person or think of someone as fragile, we have empathy, which is great, but not with, they’re a, they’re a narcissist because narcissist narcissists are generally abusive. So I don’t want you to go there and think like, oh, this this poor little hurt cat, I’m gonna help it. No, you don’t need to help anybody. You know, my very, very first advice I I will give in a narcissistic situation if you are with a narcissist, is to get out. Not everyone’s gonna like that. Not everyone is going to be ready for that.

Speaker 1: (07:24)
That’s fine. No judgment. That’s always gonna be my first and foremost advice. However, if you are co-parenting, there’s no way around having them totally out of your life in most situations, unless they are abusive to the point that it can be proven and you can, you know, have your children taken from them. Or if you are in a situation where you are very fearful of your life, that is very, very hard to get out of the situation. It’s a lot harder when you have that fear. And I understand that, and that’s why I always recommend, and I always put the phone number to the domestic abuse hotline in my show notes. So don’t hesitate to, they also, I think even on their website, I believe they have like a, a hidden thing where if you go to it, you can hide it. So if your narcissist is, you know, stalking your, they, you can basically have it.

Speaker 1: (08:20)
So it’s hidden. Um, I should probably check into that more to give you the exact details, but I remember when I went to that website, checking it, there was something like that, which is helpful. Um, you can call that phone number, try to make a plan to get out. ’cause I, I do get it. It’s hard. But that is just always my first, first and foremost advice is get as far away as a narcissist as you can. Fragile or not. That fragility is very different in narcissists because it comes out usually in abusive behavior. Okay? So if you or someone you know is dealing with narcissistic tendencies, right? If you or yourself, maybe there’s a narcissist listening to this out there, probably not. Most narcissists don’t want help. Um, but if you are dealing with it yourself, you’re in a situation or you know somebody, please direct them to this.

Speaker 1: (09:11)
You know, go ahead and share this with them. Share whatever information is in my show notes with them. If it is for you, I really beg you to seek help. If you are in a situation with a narcissist, you deserve more. Okay? Therapists, mental health experts, me as a coach can provide guidance and support. However, I will say I work with women who have already gotten out of romantic situations. Um, I don’t work with women actively one-on-one with women who are in currently in the situations. That’s just a different thing that I, um, you know, I don’t work with that sort of situation right now. I have in the past, but right now, that’s not my focus. However, like I said, there’s the domestic hotline. ’cause really you need to get a plan first and foremost to get out. I work with women who are on the other end of things.

Speaker 1: (10:08)
Maybe you’ve just gotten out of the situation. Maybe you’re six months, a year, three years out, but you are still healing, which can very much be the case if you have not gotten, um, help. Or maybe you’ve been to a therapist, like I was a therapist that did not really know about narcissists. And that was not helpful because there you, ’cause they’re, you can’t treat them like other people. You can’t treat the situation like other people. So, um, it’s really important if you do get a therapist, make sure they have dealt with narcissism themselves. Uh, that, that is how I found one of my therapists. I really interviewed people and was like, if they wouldn’t tell me, then they didn’t tell me I’d go to the next one. Then I found a lady, she had a narcissistic person in her life. And I was like, good.

Speaker 1: (10:51)
This is a great, she knows what it’s like. ’cause I felt like very alone. Like no one really got it. So that being said, I am here. If you are on the other side, I would love to work with you one-on-one. We basically, we have like a kickoff call. I’ll put that in the show notes where we create a two week plan. So it’s on this, this new journey to healing. I like to call it you 2.0. We, we are becoming a queen. You deserve all the joy, all the peace. And just because you’ve been in this situation does not mean you cannot have that. And so it’s super important to realize that, like, don’t lose hope. Um, I’ve been there and I am on the other side of it, and life is grand and amazing. I mean, nobody’s life is perfect, but God, the difference is really epic.

Speaker 1: (11:37)
It’s epic man, . So definitely click on that sign up. Um, right now it is, I believe 1 97 for two. So you get two calls with me and you get some email support in between. And then we start our journey. You can come on and do monthly calls. So I have most of my clients do once a week calls with me. And we get you in such a better spot in your life. You get that peace, that calm, you can sleep at night. You don’t have these racing thoughts all the time. You don’t feel like you’re crawling out of your skin and you know what to do if this person contacts you or if you have, you know, these memories or these triggers. Like we work through a lot of those things. I will say it’s, it’s a quicker process than you think it might be.

Speaker 1: (12:27)
And we really shift from that into, okay, you’re here now, let’s do, now let’s live out loud. Let’s find joy. Let’s find peace. Let’s find people that lift us up in our lives. Let’s do the things that make us happy. Like when you’re a kid and you just like have these activities, like you feel like you lost your sparkle, girl, we’re gonna get your sparkle back. Okay? You’re a queen. You deserve to sparkle. Okay. All right. So yes, in conclusion, ’cause I rambled, narcissists do have emotions, however, their emotional experiences and expressions can be very complex and influenced by their narcissistic tendencies. So understanding is essential for those dealing with narcissists or seeking to help them. So if you also are a mental health specialist, please do as much research as you can. Talk to people who have dealt with it. Talk to narcissists themselves.

Speaker 1: (13:29)
There are some out there that are actually on YouTube, um, where you can listen to their videos and get an idea of, of really who these people are because it’s way more complex than, than often it is made. But at the same time, I’ll give you one hint if you haven’t heard all my episodes, maybe you haven’t heard this, but one thing about narcissists that simplifies it for me is they are always seeking to control their victim or to regain control, like checking if they have that control. If they don’t, then they will try to regain it back. So like all of their calculated moves, it’s all about control. It’s about really nothing else. So that is kind of oversimplifying it, but it’s a helpful handy tool when you are like, why is he reaching out? Why is he doing this? Whenever you ask why, your answer is basically right there for control.

Speaker 1: (14:25)
For control, for control, okay? So anyway, that is it for today’s episode. I do want to say, let’s do a little, I am a little affirmation action before we leave. Okay? A little empowered. I am okay. Hands to heart. And unless you’re driving, nobody needs you shutting your eyes with your hand on your heart and going off the road. Okay, let’s take a breath. This was some fast talking tonight. I got a lot of to do tomorrow, so I’m speeding talking , okay? Ah, all right. I am worthy of peace. Say after me. I am worthy of peace. I am worthy of joy. I am gonna get my sparkle back

Speaker 2: (15:15)

Speaker 1: (15:16)
I’m a queen . Alright, see you guys in the next episode. Loves these. Don’t forget to check the show notes.



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