They are rationally thinking about their abusive actions and know if they are ever exposed they would be considered DANGEROUS or even criminals. Again all SMOKE and MIRRORS or a cognitive process (thinking) that is really cause and effect. The MASK that covers the truth! Don’t forget that they even create their own little army of minions that will sing the Narcissist’s praises and protect that façade – all part of what they do to again to avoid exposure!
Source: Let’s call this what it is ABUSE – and let’s call a Narcissist what they really are – a predator that seeks out prey by camouflaging themselves first, and then moving in for the kill or in the case of this abuse destroying a good person’s life!