Why Do Narcissists Lie?

Narcissistic lies are motivated entirely by a desire to manipulate and confuse. They lie out of a lack of respect for their victim’s feelings and intelligence. What makes the lies of a narcissist so confounding is the simple, yet complicated way in which they are constantly intertwining grains of truth with their lies—how they seamlessly float from a lie to a truth. They are constantly assessing what will or will not give them the desired result in each and every interaction.

In any given situation, if the truth will garner them the pity they are looking for, the truth is what you will get. If a lie suits their purpose at the time, a lie is what you will get. This leaves their victims in a constant state of confusion. Always having to read between the lines. Every conversation or communication requires heightened awareness and hyper-vigilance on the part of the victim. Having a simple conversation with someone shouldn’t be this exhausting.

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