How to Deny a Narcissist Their “Narcissistic Supply”

What is narcissistic supply?

The concept of “narcissistic supply” was first introduced to the field of psychoanalytic theory by Otto Fenichel in 1938. The term defines the admiration that narcissists need to keep their self-esteem intact. They need to take this supply of approval from the people in their environment so that their false face can survive.

Narcissists require admiration, and if they don’t get it, they may react with rage, ridicule, mockery, or by humiliating their target. Narcissists are arrogant, and proud, and view others as insignificant or as competitors to conquer. They feel entitled and expect special treatment.

Methods for obtaining supply

Overt narcissists (arrogant, loud, and insensitive to the needs of others, lack empathy, always looking for compliments) attract attention to themselves directly by over-dressing, dressing provocatively, talking too loudly, wearing attention-getting makeup, hairstyles, or accessories, or driving conspicuous vehicles.

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How to Deny a Narcissist Their “Narcissistic Supply”
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Narcissists require admiration, and if they don’t get it, they react with rage, ridicule, mockery, or humiliating their target. They’re arrogant, proud and view others as insignificant or as competitors to conquer. They feel entitled and expect special treatment. Methods for obtaining supply Overt narcissists (arrogant, loud, and insensitive to the needs of others, lacks empathy, always looking for compliments) attract attention to themselves directly in ways such as over-dressing, dressing provocatively, talking too loudly, wearing attention-getting makeup, hairstyles, or accessories, or driving conspicuous vehicles. Covert narcissists (craves admiration and importance, and lacks empathy, but is less “obvious,” and harder to spot as a narcissist) get their supply mainly from
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