The most dangerous thing about covert narcissists is they seem like anything but narcissists, but they are masters of manipulation, deflection, and projection. If you challenge their actions, they will turn the tables on you, and act like YOU are victimizing THEM. You’ll think you are going insane–and you might go insane.
I’m dealing with someone right now who may be a covert narcissist. The crazy thing is that this person is telling me I’m the abusive one. They are making me worry all over again that I might in fact be the narcissist. They’re making me feel guilty by tearfully telling me how hurt they are over something that happened ages ago. But who’s going to suspect such an “innocent” and “vulnerable” soul of abuse, especially when they are wiping away
I doubt I’m the abusive one though, because there’s a difference between them and me: I can admit when I’ve been wrong. I can also feel sorry when I know I’ve been wrong. In this particular case, even though I know I wasn’t wrong, I apologized anyway to keep the peace. I just want it to be over already but apparently they do not. It seems to me that they are still trying to get a rise out of me over something I thought was long-forgotten. But narcissists never forget and never forgive, and will use old transgressions (or imaginary transgressions) against you until the day they die, if they can.
When a covert narcissist starts acting all butt-hurt and accusing you of abusing them, you start to question your reality (and your sanity). You feel like you’re living in a hall of funhouse mirrors when they are telling you that up is down and white is black and you are the abuser when in fact they are abusing you. I’m very glad I’m not that close with this individual or I’d probably be in the psych ward by now.