Feeling Sympathy For Narcissists: The Arguments For And Against
Furthermore, those who find themselves in a close relationship with a narcissist – both partners and family members alike – experience behavior that only gets worse over time. Eventually, the way a narcissist treats these people amounts to very damaging abuse.
They are responsible for destroying lives and making others feel worthless. They are capable of quite brutal assaults on the minds of those they are close to and they can leave their victims scarred for life.
What’s more is that society is generally very clear on what is and is not acceptable behavior, and so narcissists are well aware that their own actions are deemed objectionable by others. It must be said, then, that they act with full knowledge of the wrong they are committing and of the lives they are impacting.
What is particularly hard to stomach for most is that narcissists often show little or no remorse for the way they behave, but attempt to pin the blame on everyone else. They come across as cold and calculating, not at all impacted by the anguish they cause.
And saddest of all, perhaps, is that very few narcissists will ever make the sorts of changes necessary to curtail their negative influence. Therapy may help some to soften their approach to others, but ‘curing’ a narcissistic personality disorder is almost unheard of.