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Covert Narcissists: Toxic Personalities In The Real World (Part 2)

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

Could you be living with a covert narcissist? In part two of the "Toxic Personalities in the Real World” Phil in the Blanks podcast series, Dr. Phil takes you through the traits and behaviors of a covert narcissist and how to respond so you don't end up feeling manipulated and controlled.

“Do not bluff with a narcissist; all it does is throw gas on the fire,” Dr. Phil says.

This series addresses Narcissistic Personality Disorder; how to recognize it, establish boundaries, and how to coexist with those in your life who may have it with tools and guidelines that can help minimize damage to oneself and loved ones.


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Passive Aggressive

Signs You May Be In A Relationship With A Covert Narcissist:

  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism

  • Passive-aggressive

  • Sabotaging and Mocking

  • Silent Treatment

"They are highly sensitive to criticism. Passive aggressive in their behavior. They are always sabotaging you, mocking you. Giving you the silent treatment. Guilt inducing you."
  • Putting themselves down

"They seem to put themselves down but not really. For example, they will say, "Well, you know, I just I don't have all the answers here, but they wouldn't listen anyway. They won't listen to me."

  • Shy or withdrawn

  • May have anxiety or depression

  • Holds grudges/Envious

"They are shy, meaning, they don't get into the arena. They have grandiose fantasies about being the smartest person in the world, but they do have depression and anxiety. They tend to hold grudges. They envy people who do well."

  • Feelings of inadequacy

  • Fake empathy and may mimic behavior

"A covert narcissist lives in this fog of inadequacy and they fake empathy. They don't really care about anybody. But if they've seen it on TV, or maybe they went to therapy for a little while, they will mimic the behavior."

Narcissistic Tactics

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