Last night’s episode of MTV’s “Catfish, The TV Show” featured a young, vulnerable lesbian caught in a narcissist’s net of lies and deception. Aaliyah, a homeless woman who works for a non-profit organization, meets Alicia online and quickly falls for her alluring and seductive pixels.
Because Aaliyah is at a low point in her life, she is very vulnerable and easily manipulated by the narcissistic Alicia. Despite having no place of her own, Aaliyah buys Alicia an iPhone and sends her $600 upon request. But Alicia dismisses Aaliyah’s pleas to meet her in person — despite the fact that they live 70 blocks apart in the same city.
Alicia’s narcissism is evident when the two women finally meet with the help of the clueless producers of the show, Nev and Max, who are under the sad impression that two people can fall in love over the phone.
Narcissists can be brutally honest when their covers are blown. So Alicia tells Aaliyah that she is not a lesbian, and if she wanted to meet her it would have happened already.
“If I wanted to meet you — we stay in the same city — I would’ve made that happen,” she tells the heartbroken Aaliyah.
Aaliyah, still in deep denial, reminds Alicia that she sent her money and a phone. “You embarrassed me,” says Aaliyah.
“You embarrassed yourself by doing all of this,” Alicia laughs.
Alicia: You wanted this, so you got it
Nev: What did you want?
Alicia: I got what I wanted.
Aaliyah: And what was that?
Alicia: Whatever you gave me.
Aaliyah: What about your job?
Alicia: You was my job.
Later, Alicia tells Max and Nev that she doesn’t know what’s wrong with her, or why she uses people.
IT’s easy to see that Alicia is a narcissist who uses others for her own personal gains. Alicia is incapable of loving others or having empathy for others. She says so herself: “I don’t care about anybody’s feelings but mine.”
Aaliyah could have avoided the heartache if she understood that Love is not spoken, it is expressed through actions. You never have to buy Love, it is priceless.
If Aaliyah doesn’t change, she will go through life meeting other Alicia’s who will continue to use her. They will see her coming because her desperation and neediness will shine like a beacon in the night.
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