One of my pet rants is Narcissism, the clinical pathological kind, which IMHO is becoming the scourge of ‘Murikin Culture, to the point it’s something we all probably need to understand and become familiar with in relationships and just daily life, kinda like the importance of being able to recognize the common ‘predators’ in today’s ‘urban jungle’. Though understanding it can also be a bit a hard to do outside of first hand experience or a Psych class.
But then almost on cue, along comes the perfect public embodiment of all the traits of Pathological Narcissism, that psychiatrists are literally using him as a textbook case… who also just happens to be running the country. So now we’re all ‘enrolled’ in Psych 101, whether we want to or not!
And yeah, we know about the Goldwater Rule and psychoanalyzing politicos. But Barry Goldwater was a paragon of mental health, compared to what the pros have to say about this guy?!!
“Textbook narcissistic personality disorder,” echoed clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis. “He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics,” said clinical psychologist George Simon, who conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.”
Lurking beneath the surface of people who use others to their own advantage is psychology’s “Dark Triad.” Researchers are finding that the Dark Triad underlies a host of undesirable behaviors including aggressiveness, sexual opportunism, and impulsivity.