(SNN) Toxic people don’t live in the realm of reality because the reality of their behavior is pretty crappy, which could lead them to crappy consequences. Therefore, they invest a great deal of energy creating distraction from truth. There are many tactics that they use–gaslighting, projection, smearing–but it all comes down to their penchant for chaos. Narcissists create chaos for a very simple reason–to distract you and outside observers from the very simple truth of their abusive behavior. Recognizing this behavior for what it is–manufactured distraction–has been an important step for me in recovering from narcissistic abuse and protecting myself from the narcissist’s / sociopath’s aggression.