10 Safest Ways To Trick A Narcissist Into Telling The Truth

A narcissist can be lying to you for a long, long time before you suspect it.

It’s their nature to lie, tell half-truths, and twist the facts. Worse, they are unable to easily confess their lies or reveal the truth, as they feel ashamed.

Before you think about tricking a narcissist, think about your safety first. They can explode in a narcissistic rage if they find out.

However, if you go about it well-planned, you might get them to blurt out the truth.

Allow me to share some truth-spilling tactics I use with my narcissist acquaintances to get me unexpectedly good results.

How To Get A Narcissist To Tell You The Truth

  • Disclaimer: A narcissist is smart and calculative, and you may only get a partial truth.
  • Ingredients: a deep grasp of their ways and traits, patience for the ripe opportunity, and a plan.
  • Recipe: The plan is mainly about inflating their ego, using their weaknesses against them, and being persistent.
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Here are 10 experience-backed ways to make a narcissist speak the truth:

1. Use sweet-talk and flattery

Narcissists have a strong sense of self-importance. By appealing to their ego, you may be able to get them to tell the truth.

They crave admiration and praise, so start by complimenting their looks, honesty, intelligence, kindness, or perceptiveness.

For example, you can say, “You always have such a great way of understanding complex situations.”

This can make them more inclined to prove that they are as wise as you suggest, and in the process, spill the truth.

Or tell them, “I know you’re too smart to lie to me. I trust that you’ll tell me the truth.”

Now, they need to prove their intelligence and honesty, increasing the likelihood of a truthful response.

2. Feign ignorance

Pretending not to know the truth can be an effective way to elicit honesty from a narcissist.

For example, you can say, “I heard that things went really well at the meeting.”

If this statement is untrue, they may feel the need to correct you, which might lead to them inadvertently revealing the truth.

3. Create a safe environment

Narcissists often fear vulnerability, so they may avoid telling the truth to protect their self-image.

Before you start prying the truth out of a narcissist, use subtle approaches and calm demeanor to put them at ease and let them open up.

To foster trust, you can say, “I understand that everyone makes mistakes, and I won’t judge you for being honest with me.”

This reassurance may encourage them to be more honest.

4. Offer incentives

Narcissists are typically self-serving, so providing a reward or perceived gain for telling the truth can be effective.

For example, you can say, “If you tell me the truth, I can help you find a better solution to this problem.”

This emphasizes the benefits they’ll receive, such as gaining respect or avoiding negative consequences.

5. Ask open-ended questions

Instead of directly confronting a narcissist with accusations, use open-ended questions to encourage conversation and self-reflection.

For example, you can ask, “How did you feel when that situation occurred?”

This approach can prompt them to think more deeply about the situation, potentially leading to a truthful response.

How To Trick A Narcissist Into Telling The Truth
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6. Leverage their competitive nature

Narcissists enjoy challenges and winning. Frame the act of truth-telling as a challenge they can conquer or a way to outsmart others.

For example, you can say, “I bet most people would try to hide the truth in this situation, but I know you’re not like them.”

This appeals to their competitive instincts, making them more eager to tell you the truth to prove their superiority.

7. Show confidence in their integrity

Narcissists value their reputation and how others perceive them. When you express confidence in their integrity, you encourage them to be honest.

For example, you can say, “I’ve always admired your straightforwardness; it’s one of the qualities that sets you apart.”

This could motivate them to live up to your expectations and give you the truth.

8. Use their weaknesses against them

Narcissists are often self-conscious and insecure about their weaknesses and flaws. If you have a way to use their weak points against them, you can get them to tell the truth.

For example, you can say, “I heard that you’re not as successful as you claim to be. Is that true?”

This may make the narcissist feel like they need to prove their success and prompt them to tell the truth, potentially revealing any false claims or exaggerations.

Or, you could say, “You’re usually so great at reading people; I’m surprised you didn’t notice this before.”

This may trigger their insecurity and prompt them to prove their perceptiveness by telling the truth.

9. Induce boredom or indifference

Making a narcissist feel bored or indifferent can decrease their motivation to lie.

So, engage them in boring or insipid conversations, cutting them each time they want to talk about themselves.

When things don’t pique their interest for long, they may blurt out the truth without any effort to dress it up in a lie.

You could try something like, “So I met a kid at a party, and I taught him the entire alphabet. First I told him what A looks like, how to draw it, and what words have A at the start. He was great at picking up. So then I told him what B looks like, how to draw it, and what words have B at the start. Then I told him…”

Okay, you get the drift. It doesn’t have to be A to Z. It may be how you cleaned your kitchen or how you worked out an Excel/Google sheet.

When you beat up their “me-focus” with your dull stories, they may truthfully blurt out what an idiot you are.

And that gets you a chance to confront them about that office gossip they spread about you.

10. Use reverse psychology

Narcissists thrive on control and manipulation. By using reverse psychology, you can make them feel like they are in control while actually getting them to tell the truth.

For example, you can say, “I don’t want to hear the truth, so don’t tell me what really happened.”

This may make the narcissist feel like they are getting away with something and prompt them to tell the truth.

True Story of A Narcissist Accepting They Cheated

Jack took a midday break and left work to grab some lunch and meet Julia at her office.

He was running up the stairs to spring a surprise on Julia when he stopped in shock. She was there on the landing, kissing her ex Rob.

They all saw each other. Julia let out a small shriek, Rob froze, and Jack freaked out. Too dumbfounded, Jack turned and left.

A week later, Jack confronted Julia about the incident.

Julia asked, “What?”

Jack asked, “You and Rob on the stairs that day… What were you doing?”

Julia replied, “You saw it wrong from that angle. We were just discussing something.”

That was narcissistic gaslighting, as clear as it gets. Jack almost lost it but could not get her to admit it.

They broke up. But reunited after some time.

Years later, Julia was starting a company. She needed a big sum of money and asked Jack to loan it to her. Jack didn’t have the full amount, but he promised to talk to his banker and see what he could do.

Two days later, while having lunch together, Julia said, “I want to tell you something, but you have to promise you won’t get angry or leave.”

Jack said, “Okay.”

That’s when Julia finally admitted that it was her moment of weakness that she allowed Rob to kiss her that day.

Jack forgave her.

Sadly, things did not go well for Jack. He never got back the money he loaned her, and had to repay it all to his bank.

Eventually, some years later, Julia ghosted and blocked him.

Jack often wonders what might have been different if Julia had been honest from the start.

[All names used above are not real.]

Why do narcissists lie?

Narcissistic people lie for four main reasons:

  1. Lying is simply another tool in their arsenal for manipulating people to get what they want, as they believe they are above the laws that govern the rest of us and can get away with anything.
  2. They lie to appear good in the eyes of others and to secure their perceived high status, driven by a deep craving for admiration and attention.
  3. They want to cover up their mistakes and failures, as they cannot handle being seen as imperfect or criticized. They will also lie to avoid taking responsibility for their actions and to shift the blame onto others.
  4. They try to maintain control over their relationships and situations. Their lies keep their partners confused and uncertain, make them co-dependent on them, and prevent them from finding out their “nasty” truth.

What to avoid when trying to get the truth from a narcissist?

Narcissists can lash out when they get caught. Some ways to get a narcissist to tell you the truth can get you hurt.

Avoid the following:

  • Appealing to their emotions: Narcissists lack empathy and do not respond well to emotional appeals. They can demean you instantly.
  • Confrontation: Avoid confronting a narcissist directly or immediately after ‘the event,’ as they are defensive and less inclined to speak the truth at this point.
  • Aggression: Aggressive behavior towards a narcissist can make them even more resistant to telling the truth. And it can trigger them into unexpected violence.
  • Threats: Threatening a narcissist (“I will see you later…”) can send them into survival mode, making them even more deceitful and vengeful.
Tricking narcissists into feeling bad for their actions (AITA)
Tricking narcissists to feel bad for their actions (“AITA” = Am I The A******) — Dr. Ramani

Once you know how to unravel a narcissist, whether they are your boss, friend, or family, you can put up boundaries against their future lies and gaslighting.

Final Words

Remember that narcissists are cunning creatures. So, while the truth-revealing strategies may not always work as well as you would like, they can be useful in many situations.

Before trying to trick a narcissist into admitting the truth, analyze the risks vs. benefits.

  • The truth may not always be worth the mental toll it takes on you.
  • They may grow vindictive and over-cautious when they realize you tricked them.

Always prioritize your mental health and well-being above all else.

√ Also Read: 12 Subtle Signs of Narcissism To Watch Out For

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