One of a Narcissist's main traits is being grandiose in nature. As such, they are prone to presenting an image to the masses that isn't true. They feel an overwhelming need to make themselves look good. But why is this?
When they meet you, they may tell you that they received accolades at work, or that they were awarded special recognition. Maybe they told you that they were presented a medal for some big achievement. Essentially, they pad their resumes to impress their next supply source. (See my post on Narcissists In The Professional World for more.)
As a result, Narcissists look far more accomplished than they are letting on. They boast of their perceived major contributions because they feel such an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
So why do Narcissists make claims of accomplishments that they did not achieve?
It is their inflated sense of entitlement. Because Narcissists feel entitled to special treatment whenever they go anywhere. They feel elite and better than everyone else, so therefore why not get treated better.
Whenever they are introduced to others, they always lead off with what they've accomplished. If they don't lead off with their accomplishments, they wiggle them into the conversation somehow. If someone has a higher accolade or award, Narcissists will have to do one better somehow. If they can't, they'll mock it saying it wasn't worth their time or attention, that it was beneath them.
Narcissists make all these claims because they have a need for making themselves look good in public. They need to appear alluring and irresistible. They need to make others think they are a great catch.....they're smart, physically appealing, academically accomplished, financially stable.
Or so they say.
To come across as anything less than perfect is failing to them. They cannot be seen as having any imperfections. To appear as such would imply vulnerability. And a Narc can't have that.
Have you dealt with a Narcissist who claimed to be more accomplished than he or she was? Comment below. And as always, I appreciate you for sharing your stories with me.
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