What's one of the easiest ways to trigger "narcissistic rage?" All you have to do is to set a boundary. Malignant narcissists hate boundaries. They are used to trampling all over people and getting their way. Putting a limit on their bad behavior, or letting them know you won't take it anymore, usually makes them very angry.
When a narcissist is raging, she will hurl all sorts of false accusations against you. If you are not clued in to the fact that she has a personality disorder, you may even internalize these ridiculous charges, and believe that you did something wrong. This is one reason why it's in our own best interest to learn all we can about narcissists, and how they operate. Knowledge is power. It's also very liberating because you can step back and observe the madness, with a detachment that comes only after you realize this is their disordered behavior, and not yours.
Here's how one narcissist and I parted company. This woman didn't drive, and for years I carted her and her children around, going many miles out of my way to bring her places. This was a very nice arrangement for her. It gave her freedom and mobility because, otherwise, she would have been stuck in her house all day.
However, after a couple years of driving, I realized this was a very one-sided deal and I decided to set a boundary.
She had arranged an activity that would run several weeks, in which our children could participate. However, in order for this to happen, I would have to drive. I agreed, even though the activity itself was stretching our budget. (At the time, we were a one-income family.)
The activity was close to my house, but I would have to drive to another community to get her children, and then bring them home. After years of driving her around, this one time, because money was a bit tight, I asked if she could help a little with gas money. Never before, on all of our car trips, had she offered any compensation.
At this request, she flew into a rage. Then she shoved some money in my hands. "Here," she said, anger rising in her voice.
Needless to say, this "friendship" ended quickly. It was also apparent from her demeanor that she now hated me.
This is an example of me trying to set a reasonable boundary, with someone who had been taking advantage of me for years. Narcissists hate boundaries.
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