Both, if minimally communicative, end up at the instantly gratifying epicenter of a cult of fans, followers, stalkers, erotomaniacs, denigrators, and plain nuts.
The constant attention and attendant quasi-celebrity feed and sustain their grandiose fantasies and inflated self-image.
The narcissist ever the intimidating bully is not accustomed to such resistance.
Initially, it may heighten and sharpen his paranoia and lead him to compensate by extending and deepening his grandiosity.
The somatic finds cyber-sex and cyber-relationships aplenty.
The cerebral claims false accomplishments, fake skills, erudition and talents.
The positive characteristics of the Net are largely lost on the narcissist.
He is not keen on expanding his horizons, fostering true relationships, or getting in real contact with other people.
It allows the narcissist to enact and act out his grandiose fantasies of omnipotence and omnipotence, brilliance and perfection, self-righteousness and superiority with impunity.To the narcissist, the Internet is an alluring and irresistible combination of playground and hunting grounds, the gathering place of numerous potential Sources of Narcissistic Supply, a world where false identities are the norm and mind games the bon ton.And it is beyond the reach of the law, the pale of social norms, the strictures of civilized conduct.The Internet is an egalitarian medium where people are judged by the consistency and quality of their contributions rather than by the content or bombast of their claims.But the narcissist is driven to distracting discomfiture by a lack of clear and commonly accepted hierarchy (with himself at the pinnacle).Many narcissists try to carry online relationships they nurtured into their logical extension and conclusion offline.Other burst upon the cyber scene intermittently, vanishing for long months, only to dive back in and reappear, reinvigorated.The narcissist is forever the provincial because he filters everything through the narrow lens of his addiction.He measures others and idealizes or devalues them according to one criterion only: how useful they might be as Sources of Narcissistic Supply.He fervently and aggressively tries to impose the "natural order" either by monopolizing the interaction or, if that fails, by becoming a major disruptive influence.But the Internet may also be the closest many narcissists get to psychodynamic therapy.