10 Behaviors That Give Supply to a Narcissist

10 Behaviors That Give Supply to a Narcissist

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“Narcissist” is a term that can be thrown around loosely to describe people with certain behaviors. However, only 5 in 100 people have actually been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissists have an exaggerated sense of self-importance, think of themselves as superior to others, and strongly desire to be adored and admired. They feed these feelings through a practice called narcissistic supply.

“Narcissistic supply is the ‘drug’ that the narcissist is addicted to in order to feed their false self (their mask) and avoid their true self and the shame that comes along with that,” explains Avigail Lev, PsyD, founder and director of Bay Area CBT Center. “Narcissism is a shame disorder, and narcissistic supply is what a narcissist gets from other people to mirror, validate their mask, and avoid the deep-rooted shame underneath their grandiosity.”

There are 10 different things that I want you to be aware of that may happen from yourself toward them that might inadvertently let them know, ‘Yes, I will give some fuel to you. I’ll be part of your supply.’ And as you’re aware of this kind of things, I’m hoping it can allow you to pause and rethink, ‘Do I need to really be this way? Because I don’t really need to be giving someone fuel who’s going to turn around and use it against me.’

The following are the 10 Behaviors That Give Supply to a Narcissist:

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