Opinion: Why Narcissists Don't Feel Remorseful For Their Actions

Stacy Ann

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy for others, and a need for admiration and attention. Narcissists often exhibit a behavior that is harmful to those around them, including manipulation, exploitation, and disregard for the feelings and needs of others. One of the most concerning aspects of narcissistic behavior is these individuals' lack of remorse.

Lack of Empathy

One of the hallmarks of narcissism is a lack of empathy for others. Narcissists cannot put themselves in someone else's shoes and understand their perspective. As a result, they don't feel remorse for their actions because they don't see their impact on others. This lack of empathy is a core symptom of NPD and contributes to the callous behavior exhibited by narcissists.


Narcissists have an inflated sense of self-importance and believe they are superior to those around them. This grandiosity leads them to think that they are above the rules and expectations of society. Narcissists don't feel remorse for their actions because they don't believe they have done anything wrong. They see themselves as entitled to do whatever they want, regardless of the impact on others.


Narcissists are skilled manipulators and often use their charm and charisma to get what they want. They are adept at playing the victim and using guilt to control those around them. Because they are so skilled at manipulation, narcissists don't feel remorse for their actions because they believe they are justified in their behavior. They see themselves as in control of the situation and believe that others should do what they want.


Another defense mechanism that narcissists use is projection. They often project their negative feelings onto others, blaming them for things they have done themselves. This projection allows narcissists to avoid responsibility for their actions and shift the blame onto others. As a result, they don't feel remorse for their actions because they see themselves as the victims in the situation.

Lack of Self-Awareness

Narcissists have a limited ability to self-reflect and introspect. They cannot recognize their flaws and shortcomings and often have an unrealistic view of their abilities and accomplishments. This lack of self-awareness means that they don't see the impact of their behavior on others, and they don't feel remorse for their actions because they don't recognize that they have done anything wrong.

Sense of Entitlement

Narcissists believe they are entitled to special treatment and deserve to be treated differently than others. They feel they are above society's rules and expectations and should be able to do whatever they want. This sense of entitlement means they don't feel remorse for their actions because they don't believe they have done anything wrong. They see themselves as entitled to behave in any way they choose.

Inability to Accept Criticism

Narcissists have fragile egos and cannot accept criticism or admit when they are wrong. They see criticism as a personal attack and respond angrily and defensively. Because they cannot take criticism, they don't feel remorse for their actions because they don't believe they have done anything wrong. They see any criticism as unwarranted and unfair.

Narcissists don't feel remorse for their actions because of a combination of factors, but what ultimately matters is how they make their victims feel. If you are in a situation where you are dating or have a narcissist in your life, reevaluate whether or not it's time to walk away.

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