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The Narcissist in Your Life Podcast is hosted by Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D., clinical expert on the narcissistic personality, psychotherapist and author. I offer in-depth analysis, strategies and practices for those psychologically and emotionally harmed and abused by toxic, predatory narcissistic personalities through my books: Recovering and Healing After the Narcissist and Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, international telephone consultations and global podcasts. I put the emphasis on helping individuals to access the calming, restorative parts of the parasympathetic body/mind systems that lead to healing, recovery, personal transformation and the evolution of your true, authentic self and your unique creative gifts.

May 26, 2019

Learning about the tactics and psychological background of the covert narcissist is essential to understanding and dealing with them successfully. 

The covert narcissist comes from a parental source where genuine emotions could not be expressed. The covert learned very early that being authentic was not approved; it was frowned upon and considered weak and shameful. Even a character defect. Expressions of feelings by the small child in these families was demeaned. This child learned to detach from authentic feelings early and to use his will power to accomplish this. It becomes second nature to the covert narcissist. 

Covert narcissists are low key but watch their moves. They are highly competitive, manipulative, intensely secretive and willing to mow you down to get what and whom they want like their grandiose cousins, the overt narcissists. 

Learn to turn into the cues of this type of narcissist. If you sense an effusiveness toward you, be wary. Using your powers of observation and your keen intuition will always lead you to the truth about the covert narcissist.