According to Eric Barker, author of a seminal 315,000-subscriber blog about how we mostly misunderstand success, it’s easier than you think to deal with a narcissist:
Don’t. Just walk away.
If you really have to deal with one – if it suits your short-term ends – here are a few tactics worth trying:
- Kiss up and praise them
- Get payment upfront
- Ask them to think about how others might see them
- Ramp up your own narcissism to match them blow-by-blow
None of those are ultimately rewarding, and they may not even be needed if you simply refuse to engage.
Of course, you might never meet a narcissist if you only work with smart, educated and intelligent people who can bring real value to your life.
And it’s a rare narcissist who gets very far without at least some other redeeming qualities.
Let’s Get On With It!