Narcissistic rage

Why narcissistic rage is bad for you

Narcissistic rage is the reaction to some situation or thing, which is intense and aggressive in nature. Hirak Patel, counselling psychologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, explains, “It’s a part or component of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) (when someone has an exaggerated or overly inflated sense of their own importance). It is the tendency of people with NPD to experience rage, which is different from other forms of anger.”

Triggers for narcissistic rage

These include, experiencing disappointment and setbacks and a threat to their self in terms of their self-image, self-esteem and confidence. Memories of past experiences being triggered by current events, and not getting things done their way. The symptoms can be active aggression, outburst, selective silence, screaming, yelling and sudden anger outbursts. These individuals can become verbally or physically aggressive, withdrawing or avoiding or neglecting to do things. It can negatively impact their personal and professional life, and take a toll on their relationships.

Dealing with this type of rage

Taking professional help from mental health experts helps people to deal and manage the rage. A mental health expert helps to find the proper way to deal and address the underlying factors, understand the behaviour, reduce the inner turmoil  and develop various coping strategies to deal, if the situation occurs in future.