3 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make When Dealing with a Narcissist

Have you ever wondered how to navigate the murky waters of dealing with a narcissist?

These individuals, with their intricate web of manipulation and self-centered behavior, can leave us feeling perplexed and drained.

Well, my friends, you’re in for a treat as we explore three pivotal mistakes you simply cannot afford to make when dealing with these complex personalities.

Mistake #1: Believing the Best of Them

Let’s set the record straight from the get-go. This isn’t about walking around with a pessimistic outlook on life, assuming the worst in everyone we encounter. That’s not what I’m advocating for. However, what we must understand is that treating a wolf like a sheep doesn’t do anyone any favors. It’s easy to believe the best in someone, especially if you see some redeeming qualities. But when those moments of evil behavior emerge, assuming the best of their intentions might not be the wisest choice.

I know this notion might be a tad challenging for some, and that’s perfectly okay. Our faith encourages us to have an accurate assessment of both ourselves and others. It’s not about labeling everyone as either saint or sinner; rather, it’s about recognizing the reality of each individual interaction. While it’s tempting to hope that a narcissist will change their ways, it’s crucial to remember that this mindset might be more advantageous to them than to you.

By believing the best in them, you inadvertently allow them to continue their self-centered behavior without any consequences. This doesn’t mean you should assume the worst either. Strive to find that balanced middle ground where you have a clear perspective on their actions. Recognize that just as you wouldn’t assume the best in Satan, assuming the best in a narcissist might not lead to the results you hope for.

Mistake #2: Believing Words Over Actions

Imagine narcissists as aliens attempting to mimic human behavior to blend in. They’ve honed the art of saying what people want to hear, yet often their actions tell a different story. You’ve probably encountered situations where their words sound great, but their actions fall short. It’s like listening to a catchy tune without the melody; their words lack the genuine feeling behind them.

As you mature and become more discerning, you’ll start to recognize this inconsistency. Narcissists might repeat your phrases, mimic your behaviors, and even adopt your values. However, their intentions are often driven by self-preservation rather than genuine care for others. It’s akin to those big chocolate bunnies from childhood – they look impressive, but once you see through the facade, you realize there’s a lack of substance beneath the surface.

Mistake #3: Believing Outcome Over Obedience

Ah, the age-old struggle of trying to be a positive influence on a narcissist without getting ensnared in their manipulative web. It’s a challenging tightrope to walk, but one thing we must remember is that our obedience shouldn’t be dictated by their reactions. You are responsible for doing what’s right, regardless of how they respond. Expecting immediate and positive changes from a narcissist can sometimes be an immature perspective.

Resist the temptation to be childish in your outlook, and instead, embrace the patience, trust, and discipline that comes with being a mature Christ follower. Remember, the rewards of our actions may not always be reaped in this earthly realm, but they can be even more significant in the heavenly realm. Focusing solely on the desired outcome can lead to disappointment; instead, shift your focus to the obedience itself.

Prioritizing Healing and Growth When Dealing with a Narcissist

My friends, as we wrap up this enlightening discussion, remember that your healing and growth are essential, even when dealing with narcissistic individuals. If you’ve found yourself struggling, I encourage you to explore my online course, “Renew Your Mind.” This course is not about changing the narcissist, but about transforming your own perspective and finding peace amidst the chaos.

Let’s remain steadfast in our commitment to truth, discernment, and self-care. Despite the challenges posed by dealing with a narcissist, we can navigate these murky waters with grace, wisdom, and a healthy dose of self-awareness. Until next time, my dear readers, stay strong and stay true to the path of healing and growth!

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