If you believe that you might be working with someone exhibiting unhealthy narcissistic behaviour, you shouldn’t hesitate to shift into protecting mode. In the short term, these people tend to charm and manipulate many of their colleagues and supervisors, which means that we can put ourselves at risk by trying to expose them too quickly. Keep this in mind and keep your head above water until you can substantiate your claims.
Narcissists rarely change, unless they receive professional help. First and foremost, the strategies outlined in this tool are intended to make you less vulnerable. If narcissists feel that they have little hold over you, they will turn elsewhere. This will give you the time and the space to think about what you want to do next.
- You have identified several unhealthy behaviours in the tool Do You Work With a Narcissist?
- Using these strategies individually or combined will – in the best cases – lessen the detrimental effect of these behaviours and protect you from their potentially negative health and professional consequences.
TO LEARN MORE
- DSM-IV: https://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder
- Vidéo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arJLy3hX1E8
- Disarming the narcissist : Surviving & Thriving with the Self-Absorbed, second edition, Wendy T. Behary, 2013
- The Object of my Affection is in my Reflection : Coping with Narcissists, Rokelle Lerner, 2009.
- Snakes in Suits : When Psychopaths Go to Work, Paul Babiak et Robert D. Hare, 2007