One of the most frequently asked questions is whether a narcissist can change. To answer this properly we need to know what kind of change we are talking about.
It is possible for people to modify their behavior for a period to accomplish a short-term goal. And it is possible for people to moderate how they handle certain situations to avoid consequences. However, in both cases, when under stress the narcissist will revert to “type” and reveal what is really in his heart.
While a narcissist’s short-term tactical behavior modification may provide temporary relief for those suffering at his hands, the narcissist has not truly changed. Since the source of his thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions is the insolent pride residing in his heart, true and lasting change can only come from his heart.
The conventional wisdom is that narcissists rarely, if ever, truly change. However, that does not mean it is not possible. Continue reading