You know how that since the beginning of this year, March specifically, almost every country in the world has been battling the COVID-19 pandemic? This is why lockdowns were implemented to help slow the spread of the virus and the only things open were places for essentials such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
But now that non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen, the virus has been spreading like wildfire. And, despite what some people think, the non-essential businesses opening up are not to blame for the resurgence. In fact, people are told to stay home as much as possible and to only go out sparingly. And if they do go out, most states require people to wear a mask and/or to stay 6 feet apart from others.
However, a lot of people just ignore these rules. And if we’re being honest, the reason the virus is spreading is likely due to the fact that so many people are ignoring these important guidelines and are acting as if everything has gone back to normal. They ignore the fact that a pandemic is still going on, and many people would say that those who are behaving this way are conspiracy theorists. That is because a lot of people think the virus is a hoax. It is likely due to some of that. However, a large number of those engaging in this behavior are narcissists.
Why Narcissists Are Contributing to the Spread of the Coronavirus
These narcissists know very well that the virus is spreading, but as usual, they feel that the rules just don’t apply to them. That’s why narcissists are inevitably among those who insist on going to bars, going to packed beaches, and not wearing masks and not social distancing. If they know the virus is real, then why do they engage in this behavior? Let’s look at some reasons.
1. They Lack Empathy, Especially Towards Those That Are Vulnerable
Empathetic people know that they can easily become asymptomatic carriers and pass it onto someone who is vulnerable such as a grandparent, someone who is immunocompromised, or a pregnant woman. This is why they stay home as much as they can and if they must go out, they wear masks when they go to public places. However, the narcissist lacks empathy, and as a result, caring for others is just not a concern for them.
Worse, narcissists view those who are vulnerable as burdens to society anyway. Their attitude is if they get sick from the virus, it just means there are fewer burdens in the end. Even if that means their own grandparents end up catching the virus and succumbing to it.
2. The Rules Simply Don’t Apply To Them
Narcissists know the rules, but they don’t care. They ignore social distancing guidelines. They will not wear masks even if they are told they must in certain places. They believe they are above it all. They scream about how these rules were created just to strip away their freedom. The bottom line is that narcissists do what they want and please.
3. They Can’t Face Their Own Demons
When the lockdown was going on and you were in quarantine, you knew that spending time alone meant having to face your shadow self. That is uncomfortable for anyone to do. But narcissists avoid it at all costs. They cannot face their demons and they do not self-reflect. If narcissists were unable to go out, they would have likely given into addictions or abused those who were locked down with them.
The one thing that COVID-19 has done has shown the true colors of everyone it has affected in any way. And sadly, this pandemic has also shown the true colors of narcissists, more than ever.