When I get told off by any-one….I get angry.
When I get criticised….i get angry
I don’t shout or scream, yell, or hit. I just smile.
Why do I smile?
Because I’ve never had another outlet. If I did, the narcissist would know and my position would be weakened.
So I internalise the anger.
I use the anger as fuel.
Unfortunately, often I use this fuel to disprove the Narcissist. That I am not stupid or ugly or fat. I modify my behaviour to prove to the Narcissist that I am nothing like he thinks I am.
But then he wins. Because he knows it was his criticism that made you change. He believes that it is him that made you better, more like him. He takes over your accomplishment.
This is power dynamics.