Saturday, 28 June 2008

Narcissistic Rage

Narcissistic Rage also known as a Nark Attack


Narcissistic Rage

Narcissistic rages are based on fear and will endure even after the threat is gone.To the narcissist, the rage is directed towards the person that they feel has slighted them; to other people, the rage is incoherent and unjust. This rage impairs their cognition, therefore impairing their judgment. During the rage they are prone to shouting, fact distortion and making groundless accusations. It’s believed that narcissists have two layers of rage. The first layer of rage can be thought of as a constant anger (towards someone else), and the second layer being a self-aimed wrath. Two specific identified forms of narcissistic rage are explosive and passive-aggressive. The explosive form being an obvious anger, for example, damaging property (or people) and being verbally abusive. The passive-aggressive sort might be sulking or giving their target the silent treatment. They can become enraged to the point of being homicidal especially if he/she has the need to seek revenge.


Perseus said...

I think the text underestimates the danger of these homicidal maniacs. It is not so much they get in a rage as they are sadists and like hurting people and are looking for an excuse to vent their murderous instincts.

Better is:

has used physical cruelty or violence for the purpose of establishing dominance in a relationship (not merely to achieve some noninterpersonal goal, such as striking someone in order to rob him or her);

humiliates or demeans people in the presence of others;

has treated or disciplined someone under his or her control unusually harshly, e.g., a child, student, prisoner, or patient;

is amused by, or takes pleasure in, the psychological or physical suffering of others (including animals);

has lied for the purpose of harming or inflicting pain on others (not merely to achieve some other goal);

gets other people to do what he or she wants by frightening them (through intimidation or even terror);

restricts the autonomy of people with whom he or she has a close relationship, e.g., will not let spouse leave the house unaccompanied or permit teen-age daughter to attend social functions;

is fascinated by violence, weapons, martial arts, injury, or torture.

Unknown said...

The mechanics of sadism are not necessarily the same as narcissism or narcissistic rage although it is probably possible for someone to have both (comorbid). See:

Perseus said...

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
And when he sees his reflection, he's fulfilled.
Oh, man is opposed to fair play,
He wants it all and he wants it his way.