16 Things To Say To A Narcissist And Bruise Their Ego

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Dealing with a narcissist can feel like navigating a minefield, but sometimes, a well-placed comment can throw them off balance.

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Now, I’m not saying you should go around intentionally hurting people’s feelings, but if you’re dealing with a narcissist who’s constantly pushing your buttons, a little verbal judo might be in order. Here are 16 things you can say to knock them down a peg or two (and maybe even teach them a lesson).

1. “I’m not interested in competing with you.”

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Narcissists thrive on competition and comparison. By stating you’re not interested in playing their game, you take away their power and show them that their tactics won’t work on you.

2. “I have my own opinions and values.”

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Narcissists often try to manipulate and control people by imposing their views and beliefs. This statement reminds them that you’re not a puppet, and you won’t be swayed by their attempts to influence you.

3. “I’m not responsible for your happiness.”

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Narcissists always blame other people for their own unhappiness and expect those around them to cater to their every whim. By setting this boundary, you refuse to take on their emotional baggage and remind them that they’re responsible for their own well-being.

4. “I don’t need your approval.”

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As Verywell Mind points out, narcissists crave validation and admiration. By stating that you don’t need their approval, you take away a source of their power and show them that their opinion doesn’t define your worth.

5. “I don’t appreciate your condescending tone.”

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Narcissists often speak down to people and make them feel inferior. By calling out their condescending behavior, you assert your own dignity and let them know that you won’t tolerate disrespect.

6. “I’m not going to engage in this argument.”

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Narcissists love to argue and provoke conflict. By refusing to engage, you deprive them of the attention and reaction they crave, effectively disarming their attempts to control the situation.

7. “Your behavior is not okay.”

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Narcissists often believe they’re above the rules and can get away with anything. By directly addressing their unacceptable behavior, you hold them accountable and challenge their sense of entitlement.

8. “I’m setting a boundary.”

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Narcissists have difficulty respecting boundaries. By clearly stating your limits and expectations, you take back control and establish a sense of safety for yourself.

9. “You’re not the only person with good ideas.”

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Narcissists often believe their ideas are superior to everyone else’s. This statement reminds them that they’re not the sole source of brilliance and that collaboration and diverse perspectives are valuable.

10. “I’m not going to let you manipulate me.”

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Narcissists are skilled manipulators who often use guilt, shame, and fear to control people. By recognizing their tactics and refusing to be manipulated, you take away their power and reclaim your autonomy.

11. “I see through your facade.”

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Narcissists often project a confident, charming image to mask their insecurities. This statement lets them know that you’re not fooled by their act and that you see their true colors.

12. “Your actions speak louder than your words.”

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Narcissists are notorious for making promises they don’t keep and saying things they don’t mean. This statement highlights the discrepancy between their words and actions, exposing their insincerity.

13. “I’m not interested in your drama.”

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According to Psychology Today, narcissists thrive on drama and chaos. By stating that you’re not interested in their drama, you remove yourself from their toxic orbit and refuse to be dragged into their games.

14. “I deserve to be treated with respect.”

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Narcissists are always trying to belittle and devalue people. This statement reaffirms your self-worth and reminds them that you won’t tolerate their disrespectful behavior.

15. “I’m choosing to distance myself from you.”

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Sometimes, the best way to deal with a narcissist is to limit or cut off contact. This statement lets them know that you’re not willing to tolerate their toxicity and that you’re prioritizing your own well-being.

16. “I hope you get the help you need.”

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While this statement may seem compassionate, it’s actually a subtle way to expose their vulnerabilities and insecurities. Narcissists often struggle with deep-seated issues, and this statement indirectly acknowledges their need for help while subtly highlighting their flaws.

Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

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