Have you ever been in a conversation with a narcissist which makes absolutely no sense? The narcissist starts talking, and before you know it, you have no idea what on earth they are going on about. Their reasoning goes round and round in circles without ever getting anywhere. The words just keep coming, but they don’t actually mean anything! This is what we call a narcissistic word salad. It can be confusing, frustrating, and downright infuriating, and it’s a speciality regularly served up by any self-respecting narcissist.
Origin of the phrase “word salad”
The term word salad initially did not have anything to do with narcissistic personality disorder. It was used in psychiatry to refer to a form of disorganized talking that is characteristic of schizophrenia called schizophasia. However, nowadays the narcissistic survivor community have adopted it to refer to the convoluted logic, lies, and dissembling used by narcissists when talking to their victims or anyone who challenges them. The narcissist’s goal is to go round and round in circles, saying lots of words that do not actually mean anything, with the sole aim of confusing the person they are talking to.
So what does a typical narcissistic word salad sound like? Well, it can be pretty confusing and hard to follow. Narcissists often use long sentences full of big words that they believe make them sound intelligent. They love to twist reality around so that they always come out looking good and their victims look bad. And they never, ever take responsibility for their own actions.
If you’ve ever been in a conversation with a narcissist, you know how frustrating it can be. It’s like trying to follow a road map that has been ripped into pieces and scattered all over the floor. But don’t worry – you’re not alone. There are plenty of other people out there who have experienced the same thing. And together, we can help each other make sense of it all.
So if you’re currently dealing with a narcissistic word salad, just remember that you are not losing your mind. You are simply doing what any healthy person would do when confronted with something that doesn’t make sense: questioning it.
For Further Reading:
You might also want to check out the following posts about the different abuse tactics in the Narcissist’s toolbox:
- Abuse by Proxy
- Ambient Abuse
- Coercive Control
- Divide and Conquer
- Flying Monkeys
- Future Faking
- Love Bombing
- Narcissist Discard
- Narcissist Hoovering
- Narcissistic Triangulation
- Narcissistic Abuse
- Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome
- Narcissistic Family Roles
- Narcissistic FOG
- Narcissistic Grooming
- Narcissistic Projection
- Narcissistic Rage
- Narcissistic Smear Campaign
- Narcissistic Word Salad
- Parental Alienation
- 7 Types of Narcissistic Abuse with Practical Examples
- The 10 Stages of Healing After Narcissistic Abuse
- 13 Warning Signs of Narcissistic Abuse: How to Deal with It and Get Help
- Flying Monkeys in the World of Narcissism: What They Are and How to Deal with Them
- Gaslighting Defined – How Can You Tell If Your Partner Is Gaslighting You?
- Why Narcissists String Along their Exes and Never Cut Them Loose
- Understanding the Cycle of Emotional Abuse – The Red Flags of a Toxic Relationship
And finally, this is my story. I was the scapegoat daughter of a narcissistic father.
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