In fact, when you define narcissism, it is accepted that there is a sadistic element present. So, for many narcissists, being cruel and hurtful gives their ego a boost. To them it means they are in control of others, they are dominant and therefore superior. Dr. David Mc Dermott, What Is Narcissism? A practical guide to protecting yourself.
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A narcissist paints a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark will come to light. After all, time has a mind of its own!
Covert Narcissists particularly employ silence as a tool of control and mental torture of others. Silence normally causes the other party to “fill in the blanks or silence” with their own story of what is going on, and can lead to great anxiety and fear in that person.