Especially if the narcissist is the mother. I refer to this as conditioning. As a child, the narcissist conditions the child(ren) to not dare question her in public 1) Since she is clever at maintaining a front that she is a wonderful mother, with a smile on her face, she'll manage in a few short words to make her child look stupid and 2) Once in private, that child will pay dearly for having the audacity to speak up in the first place. The pain from some abuses can't be seen by the eye!!
Narcissists try to verbally abuse others under the guise of sarcasm and cutting jokes. If their target challenges them about their behavior, narcissists claims that the target is too sensitive, melodramatic or does not get their humor. It is not humor. It is abuse. The proof is that narcissists can never handle the same form of humor directed at them.
Temperament Tantrum --- (Trump, has) "malignant narcissism," which is different from narcissistic personality disorder and which is incurable... Trump's behavior that he meets the diagnostic criteria for the disorder, which include anti-social behavior, sadism, aggressiveness, paranoia and grandiosity...."
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