Vulnerable Narcissism: 5 Helpful Books for Dealing with Covert Narcissists

Written by Angela Atkinson

Are you dealing with a covert narcissist, also known as a vulnerable narcissist? Are you at your wit’s end and you don’t know how to handle this very toxic personality type?

In case you’re not sure what a vulnerable narcissist is, let’s define one really quickly – they are a bit harder to detect than your standard, more overt narcissist. 

The Vulnerable Narcissist, Defined.

The shy or covert narcissist is affected by what is referred to as “vulnerable narcissism,” which might be on the narcissism personality disorder (NPD) spectrum (a cluster B disorder, according to the DSM). 

This type of narcissism is characterized by vulnerability and sensitivity, two characteristics that manifest with defensiveness and hostility. 

Just like the standard, more covert type of narcissist, the vulnerable or covert has his or her share of grandiose fantasies, feels a pretty major sense of entitlement, and is quite exploitative of the people in his or her life. 

So what’s different about the vulnerable narcissist? For one, his or her personality is characterized differently. The covert narcissist is plagued by constant worry, ineffective functioning, unfulfilled expectations (which lead to abuse of the narc’s sources of narcissistic supply – also known as the people in his or her life) and extreme vulnerability to stress.

Learn more about covert narcissists and vulnerable narcissism

Here Are 5 Helpful Books for Dealing with a Covert or Vulnerable Narcissist

The Covert Narcissist
The Inverted (Covert) Narcissist Codependent 
Behind the Mask: An Introduction Into Covert Narcissim 
30 Covert Emotional Manipulation Tactics 
9 Ways to Outsmart a Narcissist 

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