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How can one tell whether one is interacting with the IMAGE, or with the REAL PERSON?


When interacting with a narcissist, how can one tell, at any given moment, whether one is interacting with the IMAGE, or with the REAL PERSON? Or is it ALWAYS the image that is to the fore, and NEVER the real person?


The short and the long of it is that one always interacts with the False Self (=the Image, in your question) and not with the True Self or (luckily) with the Superego (=the "real man", to use your coinage).


What is the reaction of a narcissist likely to be when confronted with your texts or book?



In what type of narcissist is it worthwhile to invest emotionally?


This, obviously, is a matter of value judgement. Narcissism is a powerful force, akin to the psychological element in drug addiction. The narcissist is sustained by ever increasing amounts of Narcissistic Supply. Adoration, approval, attention and the maintenance of an audience – are the nourishment without which the narcissist shrivels.

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