7 Signs Someone is Secretly Narcissistic

7 Signs Someone is Secretly Narcissistic

When people often talk about narcissism (NPD), the tendency is to imagine it in it’s most extreme and most easily recognizable form. But psychology actually says that there are two “faces” to narcissism: one grandiose and exhibitionist (called “overt narcissism”) and another vulnerable and sensitive (known as covert narcissism”).

At first glance, you probably wouldn’t even realize someone is a covert narcissist because of how much more reserved in nature they seem to be than their overt counterparts. But make no mistake, a covert narcissist is still a narcissist, and they can be every bit as manipulative, exploitative, ruthless, and inconsiderate. Here are a few signs.

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DISCLAIMER: This video is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose anyone. If you have been affected or been the victim of narcissistic behavior or abuse, please speak to somebody you trust or seek professional support.

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