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Avigail Abarbanel

 I have always believed that my profession has a lot to offer to the understanding of politics. One important contribution we can make is to highlight the relationship between narcissism, buy cheap ed strips in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), buy cheap ed strips and politics.

A person has to have only five of the following DSM-IV criteria to be diagnosed with NPD. Buy cheap ed strips He or she: (1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance;
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People with NPD are everywhere but can be found in particular in areas where there are visible signs of success, buy cheap ed strips status and power, buy cheap ed strips and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, buy cheap ed strips entertainment, buy cheap ed strips all branches of academia, buy cheap ed strips medicine, buy cheap ed strips military and law enforcement, buy cheap ed strips high level corporate and public service jobs and in politics.

The emotional maturity of people with NPD is that of a 3-5 year old child.
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I have worked with many clients over the years who are children of narcissists.
It’s a terrible hidden injury to have to live with. As parents, buy cheap ed strips narcissists are not necessarily violent or abusive in any obvious sense. In fact they are more likely to be seen as ‘perfect’ devoted parents. They would often spend a lot of time with their chosen children pushing them to succeed in an area that they happen to value and so that they can put them on display. They might get involved in the child’s activity in some capacity, buy cheap ed strips to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Buy cheap ed strips Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Buy cheap ed strips It was never about me’.

I said ‘chosen children’ because if narcissists have two or more children, buy cheap ed strips they will often divide them into two groups: the successful versus the unsuccessful, buy cheap ed strips the bright and ‘not so bright’, buy cheap ed strips those who could do well and those who ‘wouldn’t amount to anything’.
Many children of narcissists live a miserable life either as sad underachievers or as successful perfectionists who never feel they are good enough. Many end up killing themselves, buy cheap ed strips or living with depression or substance abuse, buy cheap ed strips and no one, buy cheap ed strips least of all them, buy cheap ed strips understands why. When they come to therapy they don’t feel that they have a right to have problems, buy cheap ed strips because their family was not only ‘normal’ but even ‘perfect’. And this is important because image is everything for narcissists, buy cheap ed strips and children (and partners) learn to collude early on with the task of making the family and the narcissistic parent look good. The French film Look at Me shows a good example of a successful author who has NPD and the devastating effect he has on his daughter.

Narcissists vary in the degree of 'success' they achieve. Buy cheap ed strips
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Narcissists, buy cheap ed strips particularly the successful ones, buy cheap ed strips can be extremely well presented. Buy cheap ed strips
People who are not too close to them tend to admire them but those who are unfortunate enough to live with them or work closely with them know better.

Less successful narcissists are attracted to more successful ones so that they can bask in their reflected glory. Buy cheap ed strips
Behind the unrestrained admiration of celebrity in all varieites lies narcissism. Buy cheap ed strips We even have parasitical industries that feed on it and promote it, buy cheap ed strips such as glossy magazines (complete with paparazzi), buy cheap ed strips and certain television shows whose entire focus is on creating overnight celebrities and feeding them to an audience of narcissists.

The damage narcissists do in the work environment is aptly described by the gifted Australian psychologist John Clarke in his book Working with Monsters. Buy cheap ed strips NPD fits well with Clarke’s description of the ‘workplace psychopath’.

But what happens when narcissists run entire countries?
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Politics, buy cheap ed strips as it has been practiced throughout human history, buy cheap ed strips is a magnet for narcissists because it offers so many advantages: power, buy cheap ed strips money, buy cheap ed strips privilege of all kinds, buy cheap ed strips and most of all status and admiration. Buy cheap ed strips
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If like me you are infuriated, buy cheap ed strips frustrated and outright worried about policies that are short-sighted, buy cheap ed strips that ignore facts and evidence (e.g. Buy cheap ed strips Howard’s response to climate change); policies that promote divisiveness over unity and cooperation, buy cheap ed strips suspicion and mistrust over compassion, buy cheap ed strips and destructiveness over healing and dialogue, buy cheap ed strips look for the narcissist. Buy cheap ed strips
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They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Buy cheap ed strips It is important for the public to be able to understand and name what it sees rather than feel dismayed and puzzled by it.

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If we want to live in a compassionate, buy cheap ed strips benevolent and rational society, buy cheap ed strips based on dialogue and inclusiveness rather than fear and divisiveness, buy cheap ed strips and if we want to have a long-term view of problem-solving we must ensure that we never again elect narcissistic leaders. Buy cheap ed strips
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