Types of Narcissists


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A narcissists is defined as a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves. There are different types of narcissists according to Psych Central.

  • overt narcissism
  • covert narcissism
  • antagonistic narcissism
  • communal narcissism
  • malignant narcissism

Overt Narcissism is what most people associate with narcissistic personality. Someone with overt narcissism might come across as outgoing, arrogant, entitled, overbearing, exploitative and lack empathy. They are likely to feel good about themselves and less likely to feel good about themselves and less likely to experience uncomfortable emotions like sadness, worry, or loneliness.

Convert Narcissism the contrast to overt narcissism. These type of narcissists tend to have expressions of low self-esteem, higher likelihood of experiencing anxiety, depression, and shame, introversion, insecurity or low confidence, defensiveness, avoidance and they have the tendency to feel or play the victim.

Antagonistic Narcissism is a subtype of overt narcissism. The focus is on rivalry and competition. These narcissist featured include, arrogance, tendency to take advantage of others, tendency to compete with others, and disagreeability or proneness to arguing.

Communal Narcissism is another type of overt narcissism, and it’s usually seen as the opposite of antagonistic narcissism. People with communal narcissism might: become easily morally outraged, describe themselves as empathetic and generous, and react strongly to things they see as unfair

Malignant Narcissism is a more severe form. It can also cause more problems for the person living with it. Malignant narcissism can show up as: vindictiveness, sadism, or getting enjoyment from the pain of others, aggression when interacting with other people, and paranoia, or heightened worry about potential threats.


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