Hubris in man is ever-present, perhaps in prehistoric caves. Wherever there is pride there is hubris. The story of the angels cast into Hell for their hubris remains with us.
The word hubris comes from the ancient Greek meaning extreme pride and dangerous overconfidence.
Hubris is outrageous. Aristotle defined hubris as shaming the victim.
The high level narcissist gains pleasure from his hubristic acts. He or she is not called out on these dark deeds if they hold sway and power, if they are highly placed socially and economically.
Those who are married to or partnered with or children of hubristic high level narcissists are victims of their extreme psychopathology.
You spend years and decades married to one of these individuals go through a series of leaving them, returning and continuing the cycle to the increasing stress. psychophysiological imbalances, mood and anxiety disorders, chronic insomnia, re-traumatizaation from childhood.
When high level narcissists are shamelessly bad they will never admit they are wrong. All that matters is getting their way every time. When cornered they double and triple down on their lies, deceits, manipulations, exploitations and gain pleasure from dominating their spouses, ex-spouses, children, siblings, business associates. Unlike you they have no shame—never di and never will. They are always right no matter their horrific misdeeds and betrayals.
They draw around them a golden circle of followers and hangers on who are loyal to them no matter what the isue. They feed off of the high level’s extreme pride, economic largesse and social power.
In the high level’s psychological mix is a lack of conscience, any bit of shame or of course no empath.
The high level narcissist has no reason to change. This is a fixed personality disorder.
When you awaken and decide that you must separate out from the high level narcissist, this is a great moment of insight and mental and psychological clarity.
With great perseverance, wisdom and resolve you recognize that you are entitled to move forward as a separate, unique individual who deserves the full use of all of your creative gifts, to develop relationships based on self respect and integrity. As you learn more about the true nature of the high level narcissist, you realize that you are moving into the parasympathetic pathways of restoration, healing, transformation and the full use of your unique creative gifts.
Linda Martinez- Lewi, Ph.D.