Things Covert Narcissists Say in an Argument.

Things Covert Narcissists Say in an Argument.

Covert narcissists are masters at the art of manipulation. They will say anything to get what they want from you and not give a second thought about how it would make you feel. In an argument, they will use tactics like gaslighting, projecting, and lying to make you feel like you are the one who is wrong.

1) Gaslighting: Covert narcissists will deny that something happened or that something was said when you know for certain it did happen or was said. It’s a way for them to control your perspective of reality and keep you in an anxious state so they can continue their abuse without being called out on it.

2) Projecting: Covert narcissists will project their own faults onto others by accusing them of things that they themselves have done.

  1. “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
  2. “I can’t believe you’re saying this.”
  3. “You’re the one with the problem, not me.”
  4. “I’m not going to do anything that could upset you.”
  5. “You’re so sensitive.”
  6. “I’m sorry I hurt your feelings, but…”
  7. “It’s your fault that I feel this way.”
  8. “Your not making any sence.”
  9. “You agreed to or you said.”
  10. “I don’t like the way you said that.”
  11. “You’re the worst …….”
  12. “No one else thinks that.”
  13. “Everyone else thinks.”

Things Covert Narcissists Say in an Argument 

Covert narcissists are the hardest type of narcissist to identify. They are quiet, shy, and unassuming. But make no mistake, they are just as narcissistic as the rest. In an argument, a covert narcissist will say things designed to put you on the defensive and make you question yourself. They may say things like: “You’re too sensitive,” “You’re always overreacting,” “You’re making a big deal out of nothing.” They will try to gaslight you and make you doubt your own perceptions and memories. They may even play the victim, saying things like: “You’re always attacking me,” “You’re so mean to me,” or “Why can’t you just be nice for once?” covert 

What To Say To A Covert Narcissit In An Argument To Shut Them Down.

When you are dealing with a narcissist, you are dealing with someone who has personality issues usually stemming from childhood. They have no boundaries and don’t understand what values are. They will do anything to get what they want because they feel entitled to it.

Covert narcissists have a tendency to be very reactive and over-sensitive when they are confronted with their own shortcomings. They might lash out, or they might withdraw and give you the silent treatment. The best way to handle this type of person is by not engaging in any further argument or discussion with them.

When you are dealing with a narcissist, you are dealing with someone who has personality issues usually stemming from childhood. They have no boundaries and don’t understand what values are. They will usually go to any lengths to control or win an argument.

If you are not ready to walk away or you simply don’t want to back down then there are some tools you can use to shut them down.

It’s difficult to deal with a narcissist. Narcissists are masters of manipulation and will wear you down, but if you follow these steps, it’ll get easier.

Leave All Emotions Out of the Conversation.

You need to discuss the issue with the narcissist without showing any emotion in your tone and body language. If you want to start playing with them and shut them down permanently, you must not show any emotion. Stay in control, breath though it. Be cold towards them. You can vent later on, or go for a run to let off steam. Whatever you do, don’t feed into their narrative. Narcissists thrive off of your reactions and emotions.

Think Counter Intuitive.

You will have a hard time reasoning with a narcissist. They’ll spend any amount of time and effort to be right, and they want you to agree with them. Their intentions are to control you, make you think that you’re at fault

Narcissism is a personality disorder that has a variety of traits. One of them being the lack of empathy and inability to see things from someone else perspective. This disorder can be hard to deal with because they don’t care how they feel, how you feel, or what you think. They will do anything in their power to win an argument, no matter how hurtful it might be for you.

Forget showing up as a normal person who has a moral compass, good values and empathy towards others; you won’t win an argument with a covert narcissist that way.

That’s what we mean when we say “counterintuitive.” Whatever you think is normal behavior is not to a covert narcissist. You need to think the exact opposite.

How To Shut A Covert Narcissist Down.

You need to go in as cold as you can (remember no emotion whats so ever.) You need to be super clear with your words and keep your sentices short and direct.

The way I approach this is to try to keep your sentences short and direct. Go in cold as possible, no emotion.

You need to be clear with your words with short answers such as “no, no thanks” or “sorry, I can’t do that” or “I’m not going there.” You need to then follow it with silence, let silence speak volumes. You are simply delivering information.

Humans are often uncomfortable with silence, but it is an important tool in your communication arsenal. If you want to show someone that you are contemplating their question, or if they have said something that made you uncomfortable, silence is one of the few tools at your disposal.

You can also use phrases like “Ok” or “thanks” or “that’s fine with me.” But remember that you don’t want to give away your power to the narcissists; you can still be polite in a cold way. Don’t feed into their emotional trap.

A very powerful phrase, “I don’t care” is so powerful that it will completely shut down the narcissist. You take the power away from them and when they realize they hold no power over you, they’ll move on to their next victim. A narcissist needs to feel in control and valued.

How To Spot A Covert Narcissist.

The fastest way to spot a narcissist is to figure out if they think of themselves as far superior to you and the people around them.

The covert narcissist is someone who believes they are superior to others, and that others are somehow inferior. They’re not open to other’s opinions, and don’t have empathy for others. Narcissists don’t care about the other person’s needs, because they’re so wrapped up in themselves.

They will often go unnoticed and most people will think they are brilliant, sweet people. The things that they do are small things that people won’t think are bad or underhanded at all.

Signs To Look Out For When Spotting A Covert Narcissist.

Passive Agrees.

Are they passive aggressive? What is passive aggressive behavior? According to

Passive-aggressive behaviors are those that involve acting indirectly aggressive rather than directly aggressive. Passive-aggressive people regularly exhibit resistance to requests or demands from family and other individuals often by procrastinating, expressing sullenness, or acting stubborn.

They will say they are going to do things but never end up doing them. When you try to bring the conversation up with them, they won’t confront you about it and will avoid the topic instead. They won’t act aggressive towards you in person but might behind your back.

Subtly Competitive.

Whatever you have, they have more of it or better than you. They will never be cruel to your face but they will always have something better or go to a better place than you.

Withholding Information.

They don’t tell you about something, they don’t tell you about an event or party they are attending. Even if it benefits them, they will keep it from you. Anything that can benefit you and not them is withholding something or information.

Extremely Insecure.

They play the victim, they play the martyr, they want you to think they are weak and have been dealt a bad hand in life.

They Are A Big Dreamer.

Most covert narcissits will dream big and say they are going to do this and that but when it comes down to the cruch they wont put in the work to get to where they want to be.

They Hold Grudges.

They hold grudges. They don’t know how to regulate themselves. They don’t value themselves. The only way a narcissist can value themselves is by other people’s validation or controlling someone else.


A covert narcissist will be very jealous of any of your accomplishments or anything good in your life. When you tell them or they hear about it, they may say “fantastic” or “good for you” but there body language is off.

There are many more ways to spot a covert narcissist check out this wonderful YouTube clip by Rebecca Zung for more informaton on Narcissits.

Questions and Answers

1.What is a covert narcissist? 

A covert narcissist is a person who is excessively self-centered and narcissistic, but does not openly display these qualities. Instead, they often try to appear humble, altruistic, and shy.  

2.What are some things covert narcissists say in an argument? 

There are several things that covert narcissists say during an argument. One is that they are always right and that their opinion is the only one that matters. They will also say that their feelings are more important than anyone else’s and that they are always the victim. Covert narcissists will also try to control the conversation by interrupting others and changing the subject.  

3.What is the covert narcissist’s goal in an argument? 

The covert narcissist’s goal in an argument is to prove that they are right and the other person is wrong. They want to win the argument by making the other person look foolish or crazy.  

4.What are some ways to deal with a covert narcissist in an argument? 

Some ways to deal with a covert narcissist during an argument are to be assertive, set boundaries, and to take the emotion out of any conversation with them. It is also important to stay calm and to avoid being drawn into their games.


There is no arguing with a covert narcissist. They will never see your side of the story, and they will never admit that they are wrong. They will gaslight you and manipulate you into believing that you are the one who is crazy. The best thing you can do is walk away and never look back.  For more on gaslighting check out this article.

Phil Taylor Author Body Language Matters
Phil Taylor Author Body Language Matters

Founder Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor, the founder of, embarked on a journey to unravel the secrets of non-verbal communication and to delve deep into the intricacies of body language. His passion didn’t stop there; it expanded to encompass various realms of psychology. A professional hypnotherapist and a master of close-up magic, Phil possesses a vast reservoir of knowledge and understanding in the field of communication. His multifaceted experiences have honed his expertise, turning him into a formidable force in the exploration of human interaction.

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