Are narcissists commonly secretive and adept at compartmentalizing their lives?

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September 12, 2011 2:30PM


Definitely! They are very secretive about many things, but feel entitled to invade your privacy in a heartbeat.


Ummmm..... they are very very very adept at living separate lives. They experience no guilt. No remorse. No empathy. Their lives are built on extracting attention and energy from other people and activities. That's pretty much ALL THEY DO. My N had complete and separate other lives...... they were consuming him. There was very little left for his family and he'd still be living that way if I didn't flat jump straight up in the air and file for a divorce..... so entitled to these lives did he feel. He's still trying to figure out how to keep it all.

I must say this..... his parents were defending him.... even when I told them what he was doing. And it was BAD. So convincing was he that they didn't believe a word I told them and, indeed, blamed me for any faults they couldn't explain away. He's entrenched, with the help of his family and friends. They, N's, spend their lives buiding support around themselves. His mother, in particular, has some strange negative behavior patterns I don't understand. I don't have to figure out what exactly caused his developmental problems.... ::ahem:: but she's a BIG RED FLAG flying in the face of that question, now.... isn't she? Tremusan