The audacity of narcissism

Everybody’s talking about it and no wonder.  “It,” in this case, is today’s Charles Krauthammer article dissecting Obama’s staggering self-involvement and recognizably clinical narcissism.  The article is a tour de force insofar as it highlights the worst of Obama’s egotism.  I’ll help out just a little here by providing a list of the clinical signs of malignant narcissism, many of which you’ll recognize as you read Krauthammer’s article and as you think about the Obama we’ve come to know:

Malignant narcissism is a syndrome consisting of a cross breed of the narcissistic personality disorder, the antisocial personality disorder, as well as paranoid traits. The malignant narcissist differs from narcissistic personality disorder in that the malignant narcissist derives higher levels of psychological gratification from accomplishments over time (thus worsening the disorder). Because the malignant narcissist becomes more involved in this psychological gratification, they are apt to develop the antisocial, the paranoid, and the schizoid personality disorders. The term malignant is added to the term narcissist to indicate that individuals with this disorder tend to worsen in their impulse controls and desires over time. Malignant narcissism can be partially treated, with medications and therapy helping to reduce aggravating symptoms. Although narcissistic personality disorder is found in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), malignant narcissism is not. Malignant narcissism should be considered a theoretical or ‘experimental’ diagnostic category. Malignant narcissism can be comorbid with other psychological disorders not mentioned above. Malignant narcissism is not an official diagnosis, but rather a syndrome. Individuals with malignant narcissism would be diagnosed under narcissistic personality disorder.

Here are the traits you should be looking for, many of which I’ll think you’ll recognize in the Left’s newest Messiah (along with my comments):

  • Glibness/superficial charm [The liberals rave about his suave charm.]
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth [The man thinks he makes the seas rise and fall, and has gotten rich writing books about his many wonders.]
  • Pathological lying [On the subject of Obama’s compulsive, self-serving lies, see this and this.]
  • Cunning/manipulative [Flip-flop, flip-flop, nuance massage.  We’ve seen it over and over again.]
  • Lack of remorse or guilt [Being a self-annointed God means never having to say you’re sorry.]
  • Shallow affect [This one is for those of us who feel, looking at him, that there’s no there, there.  Take him away from his teleprompter, and he retreats into a cipher, whose only emotion is outrage at attacks against himself.]
  • Callous/lack of empathy [The trail of broken lives in his Chicago community hints at this.]
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions [Obama’s lies are part of his never admitting that he was wrong.]
  • Promiscuous sexual behavior  [I suspect that this exists too, but that the network around him is Kennedy-esque in its protectiveness on this point.  BTW, you saw this trait in full flower with Clinton, a mere narcissist to Obama’s heightened, malignant traits.]
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  • Danny Lemieux

    Wow! The link to the REZMAR story certainly encapsulates the Chicago Way pretty well. Never, never elect anyone from the Chicago/Illinois political combine to national office!

  • ckrcsmith

    Book, I enjoy your blog but it is very disappointing not to be able to email one of your posts to my wife. No email link? What’s up with this? Please, I beg of you, add such a link!

    >> Hi ckrcsmith, I have added this functionality to Bookworm’s blog per her request on your behalf. Please let me know if you have any issues with it. – Thanks, Trip.

  • suek

    >>I suspect that this exists too, but that the network around him is Kennedy-esque in its protectiveness on this point.>>

    Are you kidding? With Michelle on duty?? I don’t think he’d dare!

  • Bookworm

    An emailing link would be cool, ckrcsmith. Right now, all I can recommend is that you open this particular post in a new window or tab on your browser, and then use your browsers “send this link” or “page” or whatever feature, which is usually under the “file” tab.

  • Ymarsakar

    Copy Book’s permalink, available from her title via right clicking, then paste it to your wife’s email. Most email automatically parses the html.

  • JackCoupal

    Would a psychiatrist – who is also a Democrat – consider Obama to display malignant narcissism?

    I’m assuming that most physicians in the mental health field are Liberal politically. Probably few American psychiatrists, or even psychologists, would even claim that Obama shows such traits.

    I’m thinking of the mental health professionals during the Johnson-Goldwater presidential campaign who claimed that Barry Goldwater would be too dangerous a person to serve as president.

    I expect that today’s mental health professionals will soon say that Barack Obama shows no signs of any mental impairment.

  • Ymarsakar

    Given that psychoanalysts themselves need another psychoanalyst to help them deal with dealing with people’s problems, that’s not saying much given their fake liberal politics.

    The psychoanalysts that don’t have blinders on are Dr. Sanity and Shrinkwrapped. Instead of writing and speaking psychobabble, they ectually give you an objective criteria for determining things, not just “he’s got dangerous political ideas compared to mine”.

  • Ymarsakar

    And in general, it’s a good idea not to let these people decide whether you are fit or not fit for a job, for then who psychoanalyses the psychologists?

    A couple of military psychologists even tried to disbar potential recruits from enlisting in the military by, get this, telling them that if they don’t stop the enlistment procedures that they will get a psychological profile that says “this person is not military material”.