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What is Narcissistic Rage?

Narcissistic Rage

What is narcissistic rage?

Narcissistic rage can first be explained by defining narcissistic injury. Whenever someone has a perceived threat to their self-esteem, then they experience narcissistic injury. Something as simple as a threat to one’s image can be defined as a form of narcissistic injury. Furthermore, when someone experiences a narcissistic injury then their reaction to this injury is in the form of narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage can come in two forms: explosive and pernicious. Another form that can someone affect a person is what is called passive-aggressive. These forms will be explained further in the following sections. Narcissistic rage can be seen as an explosive outburst, which may be in the physical or verbal form. These “rages” can be on the extreme side when someone’s self-esteem gets threatened.

There are various ways one can find out if they experience narcissistic rage in their everyday lives. There are two tests one can take: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Test and Visual Representation Narcissism vs. Self-esteem.

Narcissism Defined

But, first and foremost, what is a narcissist? Knowing the signs and traits of someone who is a narcissist can help to explain narcissistic rage further. According to Understanding Narcissistic Rage, someone who is a narcissist displays excessive interest in their own image and self. They focus only on activities that support their proud and arrogant beliefs. Now, this is different from a similar concept known as egocentrism. To be more specific, someone who is egocentrism will emphasize the importance of their own thoughts and opinions; however, a narcissist is far more extreme because they are far more concerned and focus their daily lives around their own mental and physical qualities. In the end, someone who is a narcissist will focus primarily on perfection and will strive to be the center of attention. When this kind of mentality becomes threatened by the outside world, they then become threatened, which is usually handled in the form of rage. In layman’s terms, a narcissist is someone who upmost loves themselves to the point of only doing what will please themselves and their image.

Narcissists have the tendency to create a crisis just to have the attention focused on them. If a narcissist does not receive their desired attention, they can become depressed which can lead to the use of drugs. Excessive drug and alcohol use can lead to symptoms similar to that of personality disorder. Someone under the influence of drugs and alcohol while exhibiting symptoms of narcissistic rage, they can be a danger to others around them because of their erratic behavior.

What exactly causes someone to become narcissistic is currently unknown. However, it is believed that narcissism begins at early adulthood and can worsen with age. It is thought that experiences in childhood can trigger the disorder. A psychological exam is needed to diagnose this condition. However, the tests mentioned in the first paragraph can be taken to determine if one exhibits the symptoms. It may be hard to figure out how to hurt a narcissist because it seems hard for them to see beyond themselves. However, this is a defense for many.

Narcissistic Rage Symptoms

Now that the term Narcissist rage has been explained, let’s explain what some narcissistic rage symptoms are and tips for dealing with narcissistic rage. Someone suffering from narcissistic rage will usually overreact to criticism and become angry or humiliated. They will create crisis to put attention on them. Narcissistic rage sufferers will exaggerate their own importance to get noticed. They demand favorable treatment. Finally, they can become easily jealous if they are not receiving their demanded attention. All of these symptoms may result in rage, which, again, may be in the physical or verbal form. They may lash out or even react violently. Now, not every person exhibiting these symptoms will react in the same way. It is best to seek the proper help and counseling if someone is experiencing narcissistic rage.

Narcissistic Rage Cycle

When a narcissist becomes threatened, they react with rage, which is narcissistic rage. Narcissistic rage episodes can be quite random, but can be avoided as long as narcissistic person is not threatened. How to hurt a narcissistic person? By simply denouncing their importance will cause them to exhibit rage. Furthermore, how they react and the highs and lows of their reaction is the narcissistic rage cycle. Generally, if a narcissist is humiliated or they their image is threatened, they can lash out verbally or physically. Usually, as their image is threatened, they will become more and more volatile, to the point where they break and lash out. As long as they do not experience any humiliation or their views and beliefs are not threatened, they will not experience rage. The most dangerous aspect of someone suffering from narcissistic rage is the unpredictability of how they are going to react. If someone is exhibiting such symptoms, it is best they seek the proper help. Narcissistic rage syndrome can be unpredictable and should not be ignored because they react (in the form of rage) can be very unpredictable, and in some circumstances, dangerous to those around them.

Narcissistic Rage Examples

If a narcissistic person lashes out over their beliefs or views being threatened, then they are likely are experiencing narcissistic rage. Again, it is important to remember that in order to fully diagnose their behavior as narcissism or narcissistic rage, they should be evaluated by a trained professional. A psychological evaluation is needed to diagnose and properly treat them of their symptoms and rage. Usually, if a narcissistic person feels threatened over something as simple as not being the center of attention, they may react in a way that allows them to get their desired attention. They, for example, may create a scene in order to have the attention put on them, even if it is in the form of negative attention. A narcissist will do everything in their power to have the final word in any argument, and you will find it quite hard telling a narcissistic person “no.” Examples as simple as these are enough to cause a narcissistic person to experience rage. In the end, a narcissistic person believes that they should be the center of attention and only their opinions and viewpoints matter, which means they will do anything to uphold that mentality. Because even though they may exhibit rage, they may believe that it is the right reaction if they are being “threatened.”

Many narcissistic rage suffers behave as if they are delusional. Such a diagnosis may be advanced delusionary schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage. This condition can explain how a narcissistic rage sufferer believes that they are the most important and that their views and opinions must always be right. Now, while this diagnosis is not the case for every narcissistic rage sufferer, it is something that a psychological exam will determine. This is why the proper assessment and treatment are necessary. In order to properly diagnose them, they need to be properly evaluated.

What Causes Such Rage in a Narcissistic Sufferer?

When a narcissistic sufferer reacts with rage, they are not reacting to stress, but they have an inner fear that their needs will not be met. They react with fear to get a reaction from others around them, which gives a narcissistic rage sufferer what they need: attention. It is important to know that when a narcissistic person is exhibiting rage, they may not know what they are doing because their rage impairs their judgment; they may shout or even thrash out with far more violence, which is why the proper treatment for them is critical. Most narcissistic sufferer’s have an underlying fear, which can explain their need to lash out. Usually, they do not mean to react with such rage; however, if their beliefs get threatened or they get humiliated, they will react almost immediately.

Even though the rage may be incoherent and unjust to someone else, to a narcissistic sufferer, rage is the proper emotion because they are responding to their views being threatened. They may react in two separate ways, which are explosive or passive-aggressive. The first is where the person may shout and thrash out, causing a big scene, which creates the reaction that they want. However, the passive-aggressive approach is most often the silent treatment. What form of rage a narcissistic sufferer is going to exhibit is not always known; however, a narcissistic sufferer will usually react the same way each time.

How they react can be dangerous to the people around them. If a narcissistic sufferer exhibits anger and lashes out, they may become violent and harm the ones around them. If they exhibit such behaviors, it is important for them to seek the proper attention to prevent any harm. In the end, a narcissistic rage sufferer’s reactions cannot be easily predicted because they could be set off at any time.

Treatment Options

A narcissistic rage sufferer should be evaluated by a psychologist so that they receive the proper treatment and diagnosis. So, why is having a psychological exam so important? A psychologist is going to know how to work with a narcissistic rage sufferer; they are going to use their beliefs and delusions to help build them up without belittling them. In order to properly asses a narcissistic rage sufferer, they need to know how to properly handle them.

Narcissistic behavioral traits can be used as motivation for therapy. The patient may be encouraged to strive for new career goals, new relationships, and new behaviors as a reward for their recovery.

Therapy options may include group therapy or one on one therapy sessions. The best therapy options can be determined by how well the narcissistic rage patient responds to treatment or by what a medical professional may suggest. A narcissistic rage sufferer’s recovery is most important, so whatever treatment works best for them should be considered.


Overall, narcissistic rage must first be explained through the term “narcissism.” Narcissism is when someone believes that their beliefs and opinions are what matter most. They tend to love themselves to the point of if any of these are threatened; they lash out in the form of rage. Narcissistic rage can be expressed in two forms: explosive or passive-aggressive. No matter the type, the rage is expressed when a narcissistic sufferer feels threatened and they want to get the attention they believe they should receive. Narcissistic rage can be diagnosed through a psychological exam. There are numerous treatment methods, but it is quite important that they receive the proper treatment.

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