If ever there was a statement that addressed the American decline into a state of individual and nationalistic narcissism, this Korean Air commercial is the epitome of such. America suffers under a quantifiable explosion of serious narcissism. It is not then to be wondered that such a society would elect a President to occupy the Oval Office that reflected our own overarching and dangerously misplaced self-love and unrestrained hubris. It is true that most who are able to swim through the dangerous waterfalls, eddies and whitewater rapids of the fast moving stream of politics and arrive safely in the spawning grounds of adulation and power tend to have a serious narcissistic streak, but the current sitting President transcends them all. His narcissism is pathological and thus extremely dangerous to himself and the nation.
There can be no acceptance of blame, of being wrong in any way that was so evident in his press conference yesterday following the most massive defeat of the Democratic party for generations. Of course his party’s electoral rout had nothing to do with his policies nor could tarnish his extraordinary, godlike aura. The next two years will be far more dangerous, not less so, because of the cracking edifice of Obama’s self-love and totally inflated, delusional perceptions of his standing with the American people whose adulation he not only craved but desperately requires. Obama may become a loose cannon on a sinking ship in the sea of chaos that he only added to, but was arising no matter who sat in the big chair.
Its all about you, but more importantly, its all about him. If the shell cracks and he sees what we see, be afraid, be very afraid.
The United States is currently suffering from an epidemic of narcissism. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines an epidemic as an affliction “affecting…a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population,” and narcissism more than fits the bill. In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast as obesity from the 1980s to the present, with the shift especially pronounced for women.
Over the last few decades, narcissism has risen as much as obesity. In other words, the narcissism epidemic is just as widespread as the obesity epidemic.
The rise in narcissism is accelerating, with scores rising faster in the 2000s than in previous decades. By 2006, 1 out of 4 college students agreed with the majority of the items on a standard measure of narcisstic traits. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the more severe, clinically diagnosed version of the trait, is also far more common than once thought. Nearly 1 out of 10 of Americans in their twenties, and 1 out of 16 of those of all ages, has experienced the symptoms of NPD.
- narcissists are lousy at taking criticism and learning from mistakes. They also like to blame everyone and everything except themselves for their shortcomings. Second, they lack motivation to improve because they believe they have already made it: when you were born on home plate, why run around the bases? Third, overconfidence itself can lead to poor performance. If you think you know all of the answers, there’s no need to study. Then you take the test and fail. Oops.
- narcissists are overconfident, not just confident, and—unlike most people high in self-esteem—place little value on emotionally close relationships.
- American culture’s focus on self-admiration has caused a flight from reality to the land of grandiose fantasy.
- Being highly narcissistic or a narcissist is not the same as having a diagnosed psychiatric disorder or a pathological level of narcissism. To be diagnosed with NPD, someone has to meet at least five of nine specific criteria describing a long-term pattern of behavior involving grandiosity, a lack of empathy, and a need to be admired. The person must also be suffering some form of impairment, such as depression, failures at work, or very troubled close relationships.
- Narcissists are also materialistic, entitled, aggressive when insulted, and uninterested in emotional closeness.
- Narcissistic personality disorder, also known as NPD, is a personality disorder in which the individual has a distorted self image, unstable and intense emotions, is overly preoccupied with vanity, prestige, power and personal adequacy, lacks empathy, and has an exaggerated sense of superiority.
- NPD is closely associated with egocentrism – a personality characteristic in which people see themselves and their interests and opinions as the only ones that really matter.
- People with narcissistic personality disorder are not interested in the feelings of others – they lack empathy; they are unable to feel or appreciate feelings which are not their own.
The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell)
Primary narcissism is a normal phenomenon, conforming with the normal physiological and mental development of the child. But narcissism exists also in later stages of life (“secondary narcissism,” according to Freud), if the growing child fails to develop the capacity for love, or loses it again. Narcissism is the essence of all severe psychic pathology. For the narcissistically involved person, there is only one reality, that of his own thought processes, feelings and needs. The world outside is not experienced or perceived objectively, i.e., as existing in its own terms, conditions and needs. The most extreme form of narcissism is to be seen in all forms of insanity. The insane person has lost contact with the world; he has withdrawn into himself; he cannot experience reality, either physical or human reality as it is, but only as formed and determined by his own inner processes. He either does not react to the world outside, or if he does, reacts not in terms of its reality, but only in terms of his own processes of thought and feeling. Narcissism is the opposite pole to objectivity, reason and love.
The Sane Society (Erich Fromm)
Signs and symptoms
A symptom is something that the patient feels and describes, such as anger, pain, or dizziness, while a sign is something everybody, including the nurse or doctor, can see, such as a rash or swelling.
Below are the most common signs and symptoms found in people with narcissistic personality disorder:
- An insatiable appetite for the attention of other people.
- Generally prone to extreme feelings of jealousy.
- Behave is if they deserve special treatment.
- Commonly exaggerate their achievements, talents and importance.
- Extremely sensitive.
- Find it difficult to maintain healthy relationships.
- Have fantasies regarding their own intelligence, success, power and good looks.
- If they have to take advantage of others in order to get what they yearn for, they will without regret or conscience.
- It does not take much for a person with NPD to feel rejected.
- Lack empathy – empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of other people. People with NPD lack empathy and disregard other people’s feelings.
- Many believe that only others – “special” people – are really able to understand their uniqueness.
- May consider themselves as very skilled in romance; more skilled than anybody else.
- Most people see narcissists’ goals as selfish ones.
- Obsessed with themselves.
- Respond to criticism with anger.
- Respond to criticism with humiliation.
- Respond to criticism with shame.
- Seem arrogant.
- Tend to seek out praise and positive reinforcement from others.
- They may be perceived by others as tough-minded or without emotion.
- Usually expect others to agree with them or go along with what they ask for or want blindly.
- Very easily hurt.
- Whatever they crave or yearn for must be “the best”.
WASHINGTON (AP) — For anyone expecting postelection contrition at the White House or vows to change course after a disastrous election for Democrats, President Barack Obama had one message Wednesday: Think again.
A day after Democrats lost control of the Senate and suffered big losses in House and governors’ races across the country, Obama struck a defiant tone. He defended his policies, stood by his staff and showed few signs of changing an approach to dealing with congressional Republicans that has generated little more than gridlock in recent years.
Rather than accept the election results as a repudiation of his own administration, the president said voters were disenchanted with Washington as a whole. And rather than offering dour assessments of his party’s electoral thrashing, as he did after the 2010 midterms, the president insisted repeatedly that he was optimistic about the country’s future.
First and foremost, Barack Obama is a congenital liar, whose lies, the number and magnitude of which are produced to match the scale of his sweeping narcissism.
That type of behavior is no surprise because Obama’s character was incubated in the low expectations biosphere of political correctness, where the amount of ineptitude is excused in proportion to one’s racial genetics, ethnic purity or whatever victim categories the liberal canon dictates.
Obama has had no incentive to change because throughout life and during his time in the White House, lying has gotten him what he has wanted, while escaping responsibility and any negative consequences.
America’s elite universities and the media, desperately wanting to validate their own ideological predispositions, have overlooked Obama’s obvious weaknesses and willingly accepted his excuses and political spin in order to avoid their own accountability for facilitating and advancing the career of an amoral and intellectually vacant individual.