How Not to Cope with a Narcissist
- Upward social comparison. Part of narcissism is that they believe they are better than others and then highlighting the failures of those they feel are beneath them. This constant game of comparison feeds the ego. Those who endorse or support that philosophy are engaging in like behavior though upward social comparison.
- Wishful thinking. The last and possibly the saddest of the coping mechanisms is hoping the narcissist will change. While some can change, only if they choose and perceive a benefit for doing so, most won’t. This wishful thinking can paralyze a person from making positive personal life choices.
These defense mechanisms prevent a person from dealing with the reality of narcissism and its effects. As long as there are coping strategies in place, the narcissist is able to escape responsibility.