His Early Life
Obama was born on August 4, 1961. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was born in
Wichita, Kansas and was of mostly English descent. His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was a Luo from Nyang'oma
Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama's parents met in 1960 at the University
of Hawaii at Mānoa, where his father was a foreign student on
couple married on February 2, 1961. President Obama’s mother dropped out of
the University of Hawaii after completing the fall 1960 semester, after
becoming pregnant. Obama Sr. continued his education. He eventually told
Dunham about his previous marriage in Kenya, but said he was divorced—which
she found out years later was
September 1961 to June 1962, Obama's mother took her son to Seattle,
Washington, where she took classes at the University of Washington. President
Obama’s parents separated when Obama Sr. went to Harvard University on scholarship
in September 1962, and divorced in 1964.
Obama Sr. remarried and returned
to Kenya, visiting Barack in Hawaii only once, in 1971. He died in an
automobile accident in 1982.
After her divorce, President
Obama’s mother married Indonesian student Lolo
Soetoro, who was attending college in Hawaii. When Suharto, a military
leader in Soetoro's home country, came to power in 1967, all Indonesian students
studying abroad were recalled. From ages six to ten, Obama attended local
schools in Indonesia, including Besuki Public School and St. Francis of
Assisi School where documents
showed he enrolled as a Muslim, the religion of his stepfather.
at age nine, Obama returned to Honolulu without his mother to live with her
parents, Madelyn and Stanley Armour Dunham. He attended Punahou School, a
private college preparatory school, from the fifth grade until his graduation
from high school in 1979. During this time, Obama came to know Frank Marshall Davis. Davis and Obama’s
Grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, smoked marijuana together.
Frank Marshall Davis
was a national sponsor of American Youth for Democracy, the
youth wing of Communist Party USA. American Youth for
Democracy replaced the Young Communist League during World War
a Communist Party USA member, Davis did his duty to the Party by being active
in many Communist fronts in Chicago and Hawaii.
served on the publicity committee of the Citizens' Committee
to Aid Packing-House Workers who were on-strike at the time. The United
Packinghouse Workers of America (later the United Packinghouse,
Food and Allied Workers) was a labor union that represented workers in
the meatpacking industry. Davis served on the publicity committee with Vernon
Jarrett. Jarrett’s son, Dr. William Jarrett, was married for five years
to Valerie Jarrett, now a senior advisor to
Davis, under the pseudonym Bob Greene had authored a
hard-core pornographic autobiography published in San Diego in 1968 by
“Greenleaf Classics.” In an autobiographical manuscript, Davis confirmed that
he was the author of Sex Rebel: Black.
stated that “under certain circumstances I am bisexual” and that he was “a
voyeur and an exhibitionist” who was “occasionally mildly interested in
sado-masochism.” One chapter in the book concerns the seduction by Davis and
his first wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. He left behind after his
death an uncompleted manuscript, "The Incredible Waikiki Jungle,"
which describes how he "specialized in sex" during the period
1969-1976. Davis also wrote another unpublished manuscript called "Mixed
Obama’s 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father, included several examples
of Obama receiving advice from Frank Marshall Davis:
Obama’s grandmother (Toot) and
Gramps have an argument over whether Gramps should give Toot a ride to work
after she had been threatened at a bus stop by a black panhandler. Obama
looks to Frank to sort it out in his mind. (p. 89-91)
When Toot is having difficulty
convincing the drug-abusing young Obama to apply for college, it is again
Frank who is able to convince Obama that college is necessary. (p. 96-98)
Frank tells the young Obama “…you may be a
well-trained, well-paid nigger, but you’re a nigger just the same.” (p. 97)
Davis tells Obama that black
people "have a reason to hate (white people)" (p. 91). He also
advised the college-bound Obama to "keep your eyes open" and
"Stay awake" otherwise he would be "trained" against his
own interests. (p. 97) Obama explained how he carried out Davis's advice.
"To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.
The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The
Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock
performance poets." (p. 100)
mother returned to Hawaii in 1972, remaining there until 1977 when she went
back to Indonesia to work as an anthropological field worker. She finally
returned to Hawaii in 1994 and lived there for one year, before dying of
studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1980 – 1981. Occidental
College has sometimes been referred to as the "Moscow" of
Of his early childhood, President
Obama recalled, "That my father looked nothing like the people around
me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in
my mind." He described his struggles as a young adult to
reconcile social perceptions of his multiracial heritage. Obama
has also written and talked about using alcohol, marijuana and cocaine during
his teenage years to "push questions of who I was out of my mind."
At the 2008 Civil Forum on the Presidency, Obama identified his high-school
drug use as a great moral failure.
narcissism occurs in a spectrum of severity. In its more extreme forms, it is
narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NPD is considered to result from a
person's belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally
unacceptable to others. This belief is held below the person's conscious
awareness; such a person would, if questioned, typically deny thinking such a
thing. In order to protect themselves against the intolerably painful
rejection and isolation that (they imagine) would follow if others recognized
their (perceived) defective nature, such people make strong attempts to
control others’ views of them and behavior towards them.
narcissism can develop from an impairment in the quality of the person's
relationship with their primary caregivers, usually their parents, in that
the parents were unable to form a healthy and empathic attachment to them. This results in the child's
perception of himself/herself as unimportant and unconnected to others. The
child typically comes to believe they have some personality defect that makes
them unvalued and unwanted.
personality disorder is isolating, disenfranchising, painful, and formidable
for those living with it and often those who are in a relationship with them.
Distinctions need to be made among those who have NPD because not every
person with NPD is the same. Even with similar core issues, the way in which
one's individual narcissism manifests itself in his or her relationships
the extent that people are pathologically narcissistic, they can be
controlling, blaming, self-absorbed, intolerant of others’ views, unaware of
others' needs and of the effects of their behavior on others, and insistent
that others see them as they wish to be seen.
who are overly narcissistic commonly feel rejected, humiliated
and threatened when criticized. To protect themselves from these dangers,
they often react with disdain, rage, and/or defiance to any slight criticism,
real or imagined.
To avoid such situations, some narcissistic people withdraw socially and may
feign modesty or humility. In cases where the narcissistic
personality-disordered individual feels a lack of admiration, adulation,
attention and affirmation, he/she may also manifest wishes to be feared and
to be notorious (narcissistic supply).
individuals with NPD are often ambitious and capable, the inability to
tolerate setbacks, disagreements or criticism, along with lack of empathy,
make it difficult for such individuals to work cooperatively with others or
to maintain long-term professional achievements. With narcissistic
personality disorder, the individual's self-perceived fantastic grandiosity,
often coupled with a hypomanic mood, is typically not commensurate with his or
her real accomplishments.
exploitativeness, sense of entitlement, lack of empathy, disregard for
others, and constant need for attention inherent in NPD adversely affect
who are diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder use splitting (black
and white thinking) as a central defense mechanism. They do this to preserve
by seeing the self as purely good and the others as purely bad. The use of
splitting also implies the use of other defense mechanisms, namely devaluation, idealization and denial.
has been suggested that narcissistic personality disorder may be related to
defenses against shame.
Gabbard suggested NPD could be broken down into two subtypes. He
saw the "oblivious" subtype as being grandiose,
arrogant, and thick-skinned and the "hypervigilant"
subtype as being easily hurt, oversensitive, and ashamed. In his view, the
oblivious subtype presents for admiration, envy, and
appreciation a powerful, grandiose self that is the antithesis of a weak internalized
self, which hides in shame, while the hypervigilant
subtype neutralizes devaluation by seeing others as unjust abusers.
Jeffrey Young, who coined the
term "Schema Therapy", a technique originally
developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck (1979), also links NPD and shame. He
sees the so-called Defectiveness Schema as a core schema of NPD, along with
the Emotional Deprivation and Entitlement Schemas.
Diagnosis DSM-IV-TR 301.81
The Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition, DSM IV-TR, a
widely used manual for diagnosing mental
disorders, defines narcissistic personality disorder (in Axis II Cluster B) as:
pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for
admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in
a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
Has a grandiose sense of
self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be
recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
Is preoccupied with fantasies of
unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
Believes that he or she is
"special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should
associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
Requires excessive admiration
Has a sense of entitlement,
i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or
automatic compliance with his or her expectations
Is interpersonally exploitative,
i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
Lacks empathy: is
unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
Is often envious of
others or believes others are envious of him or her
haughty behaviors or attitudes
also a requirement of DSM-IV that a diagnosis of any specific personality
disorder also satisfies a set of general personality disorder criteria.
Only a Few of the
President’s More Recent Examples
Obama's own jobs plan was blocked in the Democrat-controlled Senate. He blamed Republicans for the bill's failure despite
opposition from within his own party. And Obama
refuses to change his course.
Edits Official State Department Documents to Tout Himself
Just months after
President Obama called Solyndra the “true engine of economic growth,”
Solyndra closed its doors, put thousands of people
out of work, and left you and
me with the bill for $535 million dollars.
of the historic proof that more government does NOT help the poor, President
Obama pursues his destructive agenda
Obama decided again to bypass the Constitution that he swore to
"preserve, protect and defend” and its system of checks and balances that have served our
country so well. Rather than heed the advice of the Senate, President
Obama decided to embark on an unprecedented, unconstitutional, and illegal
power grab. This stunning appointment represents a fundamental threat
to the balance of powers and the role of the legislature.
Here are just some of the examples:
Five of the Ways Obama Is Circumventing the Legislative
Here is Another
Rips Up the Constitution
Through Executive Order, Without Congress
news video may clearly expose a disorder.
Skipped More Than Half of His Intelligence Briefs While He Blames the
Intelligence Community for the Rise of the Islamic State and ISIS
So-called Climate Change: On September 21, 2014 an estimated 300,000-plus demonstrators turned
out for “the People's Climate March” in New York City to bitterly call for
international action against climate change.
Two days later, President Obama addressed the United Nations General
Assembly and called on all countries to cut carbon emissions "right
And eight days after that, October 1, 2014 marked 18 consecutive years
without global warming.
There has been "no significant warming trend in surface average
temperature" in those 18 years, said Patrick Michaels, Ph.D, director of the Cato Institute's Center for the
Study of Science. Michaels has a doctorate in ecological climatology. Learn
“Suppose you were a committed leftist
revolutionary who somehow got elected president of center-right America.
Suppose you were great at making speeches, but little else. You masked your
socialist agenda in the appealing rhetoric of fairness and justice, but
secretly loathed the American system of constitutional government and
Suppose you were also an extreme narcissist with an absurdly grandiose view
of yourself and almost no tolerance for criticism and disagreement. Your ego
so fragile, your worldview so distorted, your mind so angry beneath your
charismatic exterior, and your self-image of being a divinely gifted leader
in danger of disintegrating in the light and heat of mounting geopolitical
turmoil and your own stunning failures as president.
In short, suppose you were Barack Obama.”
-World New Daily
“Barack Obama -
Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?”
by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D,
Ph.D is an Israeli who authored the book, "Malignant
Self-love: Narcissism Revisited" - a book that many dub the 'Bible' of
books on narcissism. Vaknin states that people who have
this personality disorder harbor grandiose delusions, and with
Obama, he could well likely believe himself to have a divine mission,
and be the only one who can solve the mid-east crisis. Vaknin
says that Obama sees Israel as a detriment to U.S. ties with the oil rich
Arab world, and therefore is distancing himself from Israel.
What could this mean in the future?
Obama appears to be a narcissist. Granted, only a qualified mental health
diagnostician (which I am not) can determine whether someone suffers from
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and this, following lengthy tests and
personal interviews. But, in the absence of access to Barack Obama, one has
to rely on his overt performance and on testimonies by his closest, nearest
Narcissistic leaders are nefarious and their effects pernicious. They are
subtle, refined, socially-adept, manipulative, possessed of thespian skills,
and convincing. Both types equally lack empathy and are ruthless and
relentless or driven.
Perhaps it is time to require each candidate to high office in the USA to
submit to a rigorous physical and mental checkup with the results made
I. Upbringing and Childhood (see also above)
early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and mentally
bruising dislocations. Mixed-race marriages were even less common then. His
parents went through a divorce when he was an infant (two years old). Obama
saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then, his
mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia: a foreign land with
a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of
ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He
saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she
vanished from his life in 1979. She died of cancer in 1995.
Pathological narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early
childhood or early adolescence. The source of the abuse or trauma is
immaterial: the perpetrators could be dysfunctional or absent parents,
teachers, other adults, or peers.
II. Behavior Patterns
Feels grandiose and self-important
(e.g., exaggerates accomplishments, talents, skills, contacts, and
personality traits to the point of lying, demands to be recognized as
superior without commensurate achievements);
Is obsessed with fantasies of
unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequalled brilliance
(the cerebral narcissist), bodily beauty or sexual performance (the somatic
narcissist), or ideal, everlasting, all-conquering love or passion;
Firmly convinced that he or she is
unique and, being special, can only be understood by, should only be treated
by, or associate with, other special or unique, or high-status people (or
Requires excessive admiration,
adulation, attention and affirmation – or, failing that, wishes to be feared
and to be notorious (Narcissistic Supply);
Feels entitled. Demands automatic
and full compliance with his or her unreasonable expectations for special and
favorable priority treatment;
exploitative", i.e., uses others to achieve his or her own ends;
Devoid of empathy. Is unable or
unwilling to identify with, acknowledge, or accept the feelings, needs,
preferences, priorities, and choices of others;
Constantly envious of others and
seeks to hurt or destroy the objects of his or her frustration. Suffers from
persecutory (paranoid) delusions as he or she believes that they feel the
same about him or her and are likely to act similarly;
Behaves arrogantly and haughtily.
Feels superior, omnipotent, omniscient, invincible, immune, "above the
law", and omnipresent (magical thinking). Rages when frustrated,
contradicted, or confronted by people he or she considers inferior to him or
her and unworthy.
Narcissism is a defense mechanism
whose role is to deflect hurt and trauma from the victim's "True
Self" into a "False Self" which is omnipotent, invulnerable,
and omniscient. This False Self is then used by the narcissist to garner
narcissistic supply from his human environment. Narcissistic supply is any
form of attention, both positive and negative and it is instrumental in the
regulation of the narcissist's labile sense of self-worth.
Perhaps the most immediately
evident trait of patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is
their vulnerability to criticism and disagreement. Subject to negative input,
real or imagined, even to a mild rebuke, a constructive suggestion, or an
offer to help, they feel injured, humiliated and empty and they react with
disdain (devaluation), rage, and defiance.
my book "Malignant
Self Love - Narcissism Revisited":
"To avoid such intolerable
pain, some patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) socially
withdraw and feign false modesty and humility to mask their underlying
grandiosity. Dysthymic and depressive disorders are common reactions to
isolation and feelings of shame and inadequacy."
Due to their lack of empathy,
disregard for others, exploitativeness, sense of entitlement, and constant
need for attention (narcissistic supply), narcissists are rarely able to
maintain functional and healthy interpersonal relationships.
Many narcissists are
over-achievers and ambitious. Some of them are even talented and skilled. But
they are incapable of team work because they cannot tolerate setbacks. They
are easily frustrated and demoralized and are unable to cope with
disagreement and criticism. Though some narcissists have meteoric and
inspiring careers, in the long-run, all of them find it difficult to maintain
long-term professional achievements and the respect and appreciation of their
peers. The narcissist's fantastic grandiosity, frequently coupled with a
hypomanic mood, is typically incommensurate with his or her real
accomplishments (the "grandiosity gap").
An important distinction is
between cerebral and somatic narcissists. The cerebrals derive their
Narcissistic Supply from their intelligence or academic achievements and the
somatics derive their Narcissistic Supply from their physique, exercise,
physical or sexual prowess and romantic or physical "conquests".
Another crucial division within
the ranks of patients with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is between
the classic variety (those who meet five of the nine diagnostic criteria
included in the DSM), and the compensatory kind (their narcissism compensates
for deep-set feelings of inferiority and lack of self-worth).
Obama displays the following
behaviors, which are among the hallmarks of pathological narcissism:
* Subtly misrepresents facts and
expediently and opportunistically shifts positions, views, opinions, and
"ideals" (e.g., about campaign finance, re-districting). These
flip-flops do not cause him overt distress and are ego-syntonic (he feels
justified in acting this way). Alternatively, reuses to commit to a
standpoint and, in the process, evidences a lack of empathy.
Ignores data that conflict with
his fantasy world, or with his inflated and grandiose self-image. This has to
do with magical thinking. Obama already sees himself as president because he
is firmly convinced that his dreams, thoughts, and wishes affect reality.
Additionally, he denies the gap between his fantasies and his modest or
limited real-life achievements (for instance, in 12 years of academic career,
he hasn't published a single scholarly paper or book).
Feels that he is above the law,
incl. and especially his own laws.
Talks about himself in the 3rd
person singluar or uses the regal "we" and craves to be the exclusive
center of attention, even adulation
Have a messianic-cosmic vision of
himself and his life and his "mission".
Sets ever more complex rules in a
convoluted world of grandiose fantasies with its own language (jargon)
Displays false modesty and unctuous
"folksiness" but unable to sustain these behaviors (the persona, or
mask) for long. It slips and the true Obama is revealed: haughty, aloof,
distant, and disdainful of simple folk and their lives.
Sublimates aggression and holds
Behaves as an eternal adolescent
(e.g., his choice of language, youthful image he projects, demands indulgence
and feels entitled to special treatment, even though his objective
accomplishments do not justify it).
III. Body Language
complain of the incredible deceptive powers of the narcissist. They find
themselves involved with narcissists (emotionally, in business, or otherwise)
before they have a chance to discover their true character. Shocked by the
later revelation, they mourn their inability to separate from the narcissist
and their gullibility.
Narcissists are an elusive breed, hard to spot, harder to pinpoint,
impossible to capture. Even an experienced mental health diagnostician with
unmitigated access to the record and to the person examined would find it
fiendishly difficult to determine with any degree of certainty whether
someone suffers from a full fledged Narcissistic Personality Disorder – or
merely possesses narcissistic traits, a narcissistic style, a personality
structure ("character"), or a narcissistic "overlay"
superimposed on another mental health problem.
Moreover, it is important to distinguish between traits and behavior patterns
that are independent of the patient's cultural-social context (i.e., which
are inherent, or idiosyncratic) – and reactive patterns, or conformity to
cultural and social morals and norms. Reactions to severe life crises or
circumstances are also often characterized by transient pathological
narcissism, for instance (Ronningstam and Gunderson, 1996). But such reactions
do not a narcissist make.
When a person belongs to a society or culture that has often been described
as narcissistic by scholars (such as Theodore Millon) and social thinkers
(e.g., Christopher Lasch) – how much of his behavior can be attributed to his
milieu and which of his traits are really his?
The Narcissistic Personality Disorder is rigorously defined in the DSM IV-TR
with a set of strict criteria and differential diagnoses.
Narcissism is regarded by many scholars to be an adaptative strategy ("healthy
narcissism"). It is considered pathological in the clinical sense only
when it becomes a rigid personality structure replete with a series of
primitive defence mechanisms (such as splitting, projection, projective
identification, or intellectualization) – and when it leads to dysfunctions
in one or more areas of the patient's life.
Pathological narcissism is the art of deception. The narcissist projects a
False Self and manages all his social interactions through this concocted
When the narcissist reveals his true colors, it is usually far too late. His
victims are unable to separate from him. They are frustrated by this acquired
helplessness and angry at themselves for having they failed to see through
the narcissist earlier on.
But the narcissist does emit subtle, almost subliminal, signals
("presenting symptoms") even in a first or casual encounter.
Compare the following list to Barack Obama's body language during his paublic
"Haughty" body language – The narcissist adopts a physical posture
which implies and exudes an air of superiority, seniority, hidden powers,
mysteriousness, amused indifference, etc. Though the narcissist usually
maintains sustained and piercing eye contact, he often refrains from physical
proximity (he is "territorial").
The narcissist takes part in social interactions – even mere banter –
condescendingly, from a position of supremacy and faux "magnanimity and
largesse". But he rarely mingles socially and prefers to remain the
"observer", or the "lone wolf".
Entitlement markers – The narcissist immediately asks for "special
treatment" of some kind. Not to wait his turn, to have a longer or a
shorter therapeutic session, to talk directly to authority figures (and not
to their assistants or secretaries), to be granted special payment terms, to
enjoy custom tailored arrangements - or to get served first.
The narcissist is the one who – vocally and demonstratively – demands the
undivided attention of the head waiter in a restaurant, or monopolizes the
hostess, or latches on to celebrities in a party. The narcissist reacts with
rage and indignantly when denied his wishes and if treated equally with
others whom he deems inferior.
Idealization or devaluation – The narcissist instantly idealizes or devalues
his interlocutor. This depends on how the narcissist appraises the potential
his converser has as a Narcissistic Supply Source. The narcissist flatters,
adores, admires and applauds the "target" in an embarrassingly exaggerated
and profuse manner – or sulks, abuses, and humiliates her.
Narcissists are polite only in the presence of a potential Supply Source. But
they are unable to sustain even perfunctory civility and fast deteriorate to
barbs and thinly-veiled hostility, to verbal or other violent displays of
abuse, rage attacks, or cold detachment.
The "membership" posture – The narcissist always tries to
"belong". Yet, at the very same time, he maintains his stance as an
outsider. The narcissist seeks to be admired for his ability to integrate and
ingratiate himself without investing the efforts commensurate with such an
For instance: if the narcissist talks to a psychologist, the narcissist first
states emphatically that he never studied psychology. He then proceeds to
make seemingly effortless use of obscure professional terms, thus
demonstrating that he mastered the discipline all the same, as an autodidact
– which proves that he is exceptionally intelligent or introspective.
In general, the narcissist always prefers show-off to substance. One of the
most effective methods of exposing a narcissist is by trying to delve deeper.
The narcissist is shallow, a pond pretending to be an ocean. He likes to
think of himself as a Renaissance man, a Jack of all trades. The narcissist
never admits to ignorance in any field – yet, typically, he is ignorant of
them all. It is surprisingly easy to penetrate the gloss and the veneer of
the narcissist's self-proclaimed omniscience.
Bragging and false autobiography – The narcissist brags incessantly. His
speech is peppered with "I", "my", "myself",
and "mine". He describes himself as intelligent, or rich, or
modest, or intuitive, or creative – but always excessively, implausibly, and
The narcissist's biography sounds unusually rich and complex. His
achievements – incommensurate with his age, education, or renown. Yet, his
actual condition is evidently and demonstrably incompatible with his claims.
Very often, the narcissist lies or his fantasies are easily discernible. He
always name-drops and appropriates other people's experiences and
Emotion-free language – The narcissist likes to talk about himself and only
about himself. He is not interested in others or what they have to say,
unless they constitute potential Sources of Supply and in order to obtain
said supply. He acts bored, disdainful, even angry, if he feels that they are
intruding on his precious time and, thus, abusing him.
In general, the narcissist is very impatient, easily bored, with strong
attention deficits – unless and until he is the topic of discussion. One can
publicly dissect all aspects of the intimate life of a narcissist without
repercussions, providing the discourse is not "emotionally tinted".
If asked to relate directly to his emotions, the narcissist intellectualizes,
rationalizes, speaks about himself in the third person and in a detached
"scientific" tone or composes a narrative with a fictitious
character in it, suspiciously autobiographical. Narcissists like to refer to
themselves in mechanical terms, as efficient automata or machines.
Seriousness and sense of intrusion and coercion – The narcissist is dead
serious about himself. He may possess a subtle, wry, and riotous sense of
humor, scathing and cynical, but rarely is he self-deprecating. The
narcissist regards himself as being on a constant mission, whose importance
is cosmic and whose consequences are global. If a scientist – he is always in
the throes of revolutionizing science. If a journalist – he is in the middle
of the greatest story ever. If a novelist - he is on his way to a Booker or
This self-misperception is not amenable to light-headedness or
self-effacement. The narcissist is easily hurt and insulted (narcissistic
injury). Even the most innocuous remarks or acts are interpreted by him as
belittling, intruding, or coercive. His time is more valuable than others' –
therefore, it cannot be wasted on unimportant matters such as mere banter or
going out for a walk.
Any suggested help, advice, or concerned inquiry are immediately cast by the
narcissist as intentional humiliation, implying that the narcissist is in
need of help and counsel and, thus, imperfect and less than omnipotent. Any
attempt to set an agenda is, to the narcissist, an intimidating act of
enslavement. In this sense, the narcissist is both schizoid and paranoid and
often entertains ideas of reference.
These – the lack of empathy, the aloofness, the disdain, the sense of
entitlement, the constricted sense of humor, the unequal treatment and the
paranoia – render the narcissist a social misfit. The narcissist is able to
provoke in his milieu, in his casual acquaintances, even in his
psychotherapist, the strongest, most avid and furious hatred and revulsion.
To his shock, indignation and consternation, he invariably induces in others
He is perceived to be asocial at best and, often, antisocial. This, perhaps,
is the strongest presenting symptom. One feels ill at ease in the presence of
a narcissist for no apparent reason. No matter how charming, intelligent,
thought provoking, outgoing, easy going and social the narcissist is – he
fails to secure the sympathy of others, a sympathy he is never ready,
willing, or able to reciprocate.
IV. Narcissistic and psychopathic Leaders
The narcissistic or psychopathic leader is the culmination and reification of
his period, culture, and civilization. He is likely to rise to prominence in
The malignant narcissist invents and then projects a false, fictitious, self
for the world to fear, or to admire. He maintains a tenuous grasp on reality
to start with and this is further exacerbated by the trappings of power. The
narcissist's grandiose self-delusions and fantasies of omnipotence and
omniscience are supported by real life authority and the narcissist's
predilection to surround himself with obsequious sycophants.
The narcissist's personality is so precariously balanced that he cannot
tolerate even a hint of criticism and disagreement. Most narcissists are
paranoid and suffer from ideas of reference (the delusion that they are being
mocked or discussed when they are not). Thus, narcissists often regard
themselves as "victims of persecution".
The narcissistic leader fosters and encourages a personality cult with all
the hallmarks of an institutional religion: priesthood, rites, rituals,
temples, worship, catechism, mythology. The leader is this religion's ascetic
saint. He monastically denies himself earthly pleasures (or so he claims) in
order to be able to dedicate himself fully to his calling.
The narcissistic leader is a monstrously inverted Jesus, sacrificing his life
and denying himself so that his people - or humanity at large - should
benefit. By surpassing and suppressing his humanity, the narcissistic leader
became a distorted version of Nietzsche's "superman".
But being a-human or super-human also means being a-sexual and a-moral.
In this restricted sense, narcissistic leaders are post-modernist and moral
relativists. They project to the masses an androgynous figure and enhance it
by engendering the adoration of nudity and all things "natural" -
or by strongly repressing these feelings. But what they refer to as
"nature" is not natural at all.
The narcissistic leader invariably proffers an aesthetic of decadence and
evil carefully orchestrated and artificial - though it is not perceived this
way by him or by his followers. Narcissistic leadership is about reproduced
copies, not about originals. It is about the manipulation of symbols - not
about veritable atavism or true conservatism.
In short: narcissistic leadership is about theatre, not about life. To enjoy
the spectacle (and be subsumed by it), the leader demands the suspension of
judgment, depersonalization, and de-realization. Catharsis is tantamount, in
this narcissistic dramaturgy, to self-annulment.
Narcissism is nihilistic not only operationally, or ideologically. Its very
language and narratives are nihilistic. Narcissism is conspicuous nihilism -
and the cult's leader serves as a role model, annihilating the Man, only to
re-appear as a pre-ordained and irresistible force of nature.
Narcissistic leadership often poses as a rebellion against the "old
ways" - against the hegemonic culture, the upper classes, the
established religions, the superpowers, the corrupt order. Narcissistic
movements are puerile, a reaction to narcissistic injuries inflicted upon a
narcissistic (and rather psychopathic) toddler nation-state, or group, or
upon the leader.
Minorities or "others" - often arbitrarily selected - constitute a
perfect, easily identifiable, embodiment of all that is "wrong".
They are accused of being old, they are eerily disembodied, they are
cosmopolitan, they are part of the establishment, they are "decadent",
they are hated on religious and socio-economic grounds, or because of their
race, sexual orientation, origin ... They are different, they are
narcissistic (feel and act as morally superior), they are everywhere, they
are defenceless, they are credulous, they are adaptable (and thus can be
co-opted to collaborate in their own destruction). They are the perfect hate
figure. Narcissists thrive on hatred and pathological envy.
This is precisely the source of the fascination with Hitler, diagnosed by
Erich Fromm - together with Stalin - as a malignant narcissist. He was an
inverted human. His unconscious was his conscious. He acted out our most
repressed drives, fantasies, and wishes. He provides us with a glimpse of the
horrors that lie beneath the veneer, the barbarians at our personal gates,
and what it was like before we invented civilization. Hitler forced us all
through a time warp and many did not emerge. He was not the devil. He was one
of us. He was what Arendt aptly called the banality of evil. Just an
ordinary, mentally disturbed, failure, a member of a mentally disturbed and
failing nation, who lived through disturbed and failing times. He was the
perfect mirror, a channel, a voice, and the very depth of our souls.
The narcissistic leader prefers the sparkle and glamour of well-orchestrated
illusions to the tedium and method of real accomplishments. His reign is all
smoke and mirrors, devoid of substances, consisting of mere appearances and
mass delusions. In the aftermath of his regime - the narcissistic leader
having died, been deposed, or voted out of office - it all unravels. The
tireless and constant prestidigitation ceases and the entire edifice
crumbles. What looked like an economic miracle turns out to have been a
fraud-laced bubble. Loosely-held empires disintegrate. Laboriously assembled
business conglomerates go to pieces. "Earth shattering" and
"revolutionary" scientific discoveries and theories are
discredited. Social experiments end in mayhem.
It is important to understand that the use of violence must be ego-syntonic.
It must accord with the self-image of the narcissist. It must abet and
sustain his grandiose fantasies and feed his sense of entitlement. It must
conform with the narcissistic narrative.
Thus, a narcissist who regards himself as the benefactor of the poor, a
member of the common folk, the representative of the disenfranchised, the
champion of the dispossessed against the corrupt elite - is highly unlikely
to use violence at first.
The pacific mask crumbles when the narcissist has become convinced that the
very people he purported to speak for, his constituency, his grassroots fans,
the prime sources of his narcissistic supply - have turned against him. At
first, in a desperate effort to maintain the fiction underlying his chaotic
personality, the narcissist strives to explain away the sudden reversal of
sentiment. "The people are being duped by (the media, big industry, the
military, the elite, etc.)", "they don't really know what they are
doing", "following a rude awakening, they will revert to
When these flimsy attempts to patch a tattered personal mythology fail - the
narcissist is injured. Narcissistic injury inevitably leads to narcissistic
rage and to a terrifying display of unbridled aggression. The pent-up
frustration and hurt translate into devaluation. That which was previously
idealized - is now discarded with contempt and hatred.
This primitive defense mechanism is called "splitting". To the
narcissist, things and people are either entirely bad (evil) or entirely
good. He projects onto others his own shortcomings and negative emotions,
thus becoming a totally good object. A narcissistic leader is likely to
justify the butchering of his own people by claiming that they intended to
kill him, undo the revolution, devastate the economy, or the country, etc.
The "small people", the "rank and file", the "loyal
soldiers" of the narcissist - his flock, his nation, his employees -
they pay the price. The disillusionment and disenchantment are agonizing. The
process of reconstruction, of rising from the ashes, of overcoming the trauma
of having been deceived, exploited and manipulated - is drawn-out. It is
difficult to trust again, to have faith, to love, to be led, to collaborate.
Feelings of shame and guilt engulf the erstwhile followers of the narcissist.
This is his sole legacy: a massive post-traumatic stress disorder.” [source]
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many clear examples: President
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opposition from within his own party. And Obama
refuses to change his course.
of the historic proof that more government does NOT help the poor, President
Obama pursues his destructive agenda
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Does U.S. President Barack Hussein
Obama suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)? If so, how
is this likely to affect his decision making if he thinks the world revolves
around him and that that he is above the law?
Sam Vakinin is an Israeli
who authored the book,
"Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited " - a book that
many dub the 'Bible' of books on narcissism. Vaknin states that people
who have this personality disorder harbor grandiose delusions, and
with Obama, he could well likely believe himself to have a divine
mission, and be the only one who can solve
the mid-east crisis. Vaknin says that Obama sees Israel as a detriment
to U.S. ties with the oil rich Arab world, and therefore
is distancing himself from Israel. What could this mean in the
future, as well as the upcoming 2012 U.S. Presidential elections?
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