Feeling Sympathy For Narcissists: The Arguments For And Against
Now put yourself in their shoes for a moment and imagine how this feels (something that narcissists are typically incapable of). Picture a life where you are unable to feel love, intimacy, compassion, and affection. How lonely do you think such an existence might be?
Over time, they will drive a large number of those who care for them away and be left with nothing but the empty husks of resentment and hurt.
Finally, you might feel sympathy towards narcissists because they lack the capacity to grow – both personally and spiritually. Most will never understand the world and their place in it, never feel a deep sense of connection to the rest of the universe, and never be able to improve themselves as people.
Put all of the above together and you might start to understand how someone might show some sympathy towards narcissists.
Reasons We Should Not Sympathize With Narcissists
Those who have been subjected to the company of a narcissist at any great length will no doubt tell you how incredibly taxing they can be. Unsurprisingly, then, the main arguments against feeling sympathy for them are to do with their behavior and their treatment of other people.
And it is almost universally the case that narcissists are particularly destructive personalities to be around. They are not beacons of peace and serenity in the slightest; they seem to rejoice in chaos and drama. Perhaps it is because any form of stability gives their minds time to reflect on their own sense of unhappiness that they are forever looking for ways to stir trouble.