The Revenge Tactics of a Fragile Narcissist & The Powerful Methods to Protect Yourself.

Sherile Turner-Myles
11 min readJul 17, 2023

Individuals with covert narcissism exhibit extreme sensitivity to both real and perceived criticism, coupled with a deep-rooted desire for affirmation and admiration. This susceptibility, often referred to as ‘narcissistic injury,’ alongside their lack of empathy, triggers a tendency to retaliate and seek revenge when they perceive a threat to their self-esteem. This is a characteristic feature of covert narcissism, as outlined by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013.

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The fragility of a covert narcissist is often hidden beneath a well-crafted façade of modesty and victimhood. This subtler form of narcissism contrasts sharply with the grandiose presentation often associated with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Yet, the consequences can be just as severe for those in their proximity.

Covert narcissists are characterised by a heightened sensitivity to real or imagined slights and a deep-seated need for validation and admiration. This vulnerability, or ‘narcissistic injury,’ coupled with their inability to empathise with others, fuels…

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Sherile Turner-Myles

I write about Covert Narcissism and other Personality Disorders, and how they impact relationships.