Some Narcissistic people seem to attach a level of emotion to their words that doesn't seem to match the content. They make it sound like the smallest inconvenience is the end of the world, and we should just drop everything we're doing IMMEDIATELY to go and help them. I'm slowly learning to pay attention to what they actually say and not how they say it.
A good example of this is a message that has been circulating on Facebook. I'm sure you've probably seen it posted in one of your friends' walls:
Just so everyone on my friends list knows that I completed this and I am done! Facebook has changed their privacy settings once more!! Due to the new "graph app" anyone on facebook (including other countries ) can see your pictures, likes & comments. The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post DONE!!! Those of you who do not keep my information from going...... out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of family that I don't want strangers to have access to! This happens when friends click "like" or "comment"....automatically, their friends would see our posts, too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Faceboook configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear,now move the mouse on "FRIENDS" (also without clicking), then down to "settings", click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on "LIFE EVENTS and "COMMENTS & LIKES". By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy & paste this on your wall. Once i see this posted on your page, I will do the same.
The first time I saw this a few months ago I totally fell for it and did what it asked, except for posting it on my wall. When I saw it posted again yesterday I thought:"hang on a minute, let's read what this actually says". When I read the post again I realised that if you do what it asks, the only thing that happens is that you won't see said friend's updates on your wall, so really the whole thing is a joke at the expense of the poster, who then will go on wondering why no-one is commenting on their updates.
Unimportant stuff like this aside, what narcs are doing by attaching that level of emotion (or emergency) to their demands, whether they realise it or not, is shooting themselves in the foot. Because -just like the boy who cried wolf-, in the end, people stop taking them seriously.