How to deal with a narcissist in the workplace

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How to deal with a narcissist in the workplace

How can you deal with a narcissist in the workplace?
And what to do if you interact with narcissist on daily basis?

Contrary to common beliefs narcissists are not evil and not that dangerous provided that you know how to deal with them the right way. A narcissist in the workplace is just like a narcissist everywhere, he will walk, talk and act in a certain way.

By understanding the psychology of narcissism and learning how to best deal with them you wont have any problem dealing with a narcissist in the the workplace.

In order to deal with a narcissist in the workplace you must first understand him

Narcissists are people who think that they are superior, omnipotent and invulnerable. From the outside narcissists seem to be superior and powerful but from the inside they feel insecure and vulnerable.

In my article dealing with narcissism i explained that narcissists act this way as a result of the wounds they developed earlier in their lives.

A narcissist who works with you and who claims to be superior might be acting that way because earlier in his life he used to feel worthless. As a result of this wound he decided to devalue everyone around him including those who work with him in order to protect his ego.

The right way to deal with a narcissist in the workplace

the way you are going to deal with a narcissist in the workplace should depend on the position of that narcissist in the company and on his importance to you.

If the narcissist is an important person to you then don't try to point out his flaws to him or to ignore him because he will consider that a direct insult to his pride.

If the narcissist is someone who is competing with you in the workplace then still you should not attack him because that would motivate him to prove you wrong at all costs.

Its not uncommon for a narcissist who works with you to become your boss few months after you tell him that he can never be a boss.

You can control a narcissist in the workplace very easily by playing on his emotions. For example if you were the boss and you wanted the narcissist to do his work well then you should use negative motivation. For example telling the narcissist that he can't do something at work will motivate him to do it correctly and to prove you wrong.

Don't make the mistake of overusing negative motivation in the workplace because that would certainly make the narcissist hate you.

The best thing you can do about that is to motivate him that way then when he reaches that important goal you reveal to him the reason behind the negative motivation you used.

If you complimented a narcissist he will certainly like you but don't over do it not to make him lose motivation. After all if a narcissist started thinking that his work is perfect right now and that there is no need to work harder he won't do any more effort.

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