This is also why, I think, we tend to overestimate the intelligence of narcissists, psychopaths, con artists, and other manipulators like dictators who con their way to power. We think they must be brilliant to be so manipulative. But even a stupid narcissist I knew was extremely manipulative. Their skill is the fruit of constant practice at manipulation in every human interaction.
So, never think that you are too smart to be manipulated by a narcissist, psychopath, or con artist. You aren't. And you surely can never beat one at his own game.
That's nothing to be ashamed of. It just means that you are an innocent who hasn't spent his or her whole life practicing the black art. So, you won't win that game.
More on Narcissism
This article is about the psychiatric condition of narcissism. For narcissism in the generic sense , see Narcissism. Narcissus, the Greek hero after whom narcissism is named, became obsessed with his own reflection. The term narcissism means love of oneself, and refers to the set of character traits concerned with self-admiration, self-centredness and self-regard. The name was chosen by Sigmund Freud, from the Greek myth of Narcissus, who was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water.
Healthy Narcissism: a required element within normal development
Healthy narcissism exists in all individuals. Sigmund Freud says that this is an original state from the individual from where to develop the love object. Freud argues that healthy narcissism is an essential part in normal development.
This is Freudian psychology.
Jungians may use different terms?
I find the whole concept rather distasteful as it is open to abuse.
The abuse occurs in the form of accusing the other of being a Narcissist without examining the facts of the dispute.