8 Ways To Tell When Narcissists Are Actually Telling You the Truth
One of the core features of narcissistic abuse is false reality construction, consisting of a variety of tactics that spin a counterfeit world where the narcissist’s chosen target can be completely controlled.
These tactics include love-bombing using a manufactured persona, pathological lying, gaslighting, future-faking, and other methods of using falsehoods to manipulate and abuse.
Once wrapped up in this fantasy, the narcissist’s partner can no longer tell for sure what is or is not real or when the narcissist is lying or telling the truth. Truthfulness is beside the point for the narcissist. When he or she makes a statement, they expect the partner to take it at face value, as they string words together to try to gain your trust or extract something.
In a long-term relationship with a narcissist, conversations are exercises in anxiety and madness, logical puzzles that are seemingly unsolvable. Surely, some of it must be true, right? It seems impossible to tell which parts that might be, however.
If you pay attention, however, there are actually eight ways you can be reasonably sure that they are giving it to you straight. This is not to say that they are never telling you the truth at other times, only that these are times you can likely count on to get the real story.