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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 discount chloromint in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), buy discount chloromint and politics.

A person has to have only five of the following DSM-IV criteria to be diagnosed with NPD. Buy discount chloromint He or she: (1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance;
(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, buy discount chloromint power, buy discount chloromint brilliance, buy discount chloromint beauty, buy discount chloromint or ideal love; (3) believes that he or she is ‘special’ and unique and can only be understood by, buy discount chloromint or should associate with, buy discount chloromint other special or high status people (or institutions); (4) requires excessive admiration; (5) has a sense of entitlement i.e., buy discount chloromint unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations; (6) is interpersonally exploitative, buy discount chloromint i.e., buy discount chloromint takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends; (7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recongise or identify with the feelings and needs of others; (8) is often envious of otherso r believes that others are envious of him or her; (9) shows arrogant, buy discount chloromint haughty behaviours or attitudes. Buy discount chloromint (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM IV. Buy discount chloromint American Psychiatric Association. Buy discount chloromint P.661)

People with NPD are everywhere but can be found in particular in areas where there are visible signs of success, buy discount chloromint status and power, buy discount chloromint and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, buy discount chloromint entertainment, buy discount chloromint all branches of academia, buy discount chloromint medicine, buy discount chloromint military and law enforcement, buy discount chloromint 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.
They generate chaos, buy discount chloromint confusion and fear around them. They are divisive, buy discount chloromint and are incredibly harmful (emotionally and otherwise) to anyone under their influence. The closer you are to them, buy discount chloromint the worse it is.

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 discount chloromint 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 discount chloromint to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Buy discount chloromint Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Buy discount chloromint It was never about me’.

I said ‘chosen children’ because if narcissists have two or more children, buy discount chloromint they will often divide them into two groups: the successful versus the unsuccessful, buy discount chloromint the bright and ‘not so bright’, buy discount chloromint 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 discount chloromint or living with depression or substance abuse, buy discount chloromint and no one, buy discount chloromint least of all them, buy discount chloromint understands why. When they come to therapy they don’t feel that they have a right to have problems, buy discount chloromint because their family was not only ‘normal’ but even ‘perfect’. And this is important because image is everything for narcissists, buy discount chloromint 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 discount chloromint
It depends a lot on their particular talents, buy discount chloromint their time in history, buy discount chloromint social class and other circumstances. Buy discount chloromint For example, buy discount chloromint many female narcissists could not have become successful at anything much two hundred years ago, buy discount chloromint when women’s status in society was so low. Buy discount chloromint Unsuccessful narcissists often spend their entire lives feeling bitter and disappointed about a world that they believe has failed to recognise their ‘specialness’, buy discount chloromint their beauty or genius. Buy discount chloromint They can get quite depressed and self-tormented, buy discount chloromint feeling deprived of what they need the most, buy discount chloromint and believe they deserve: recognition and admiration. Buy discount chloromint Narcissists in general tend to have a victim mentality and an unhealthy sense of entitlement. Buy discount chloromint They are incapable of self-awareness and do not own up or take responsibility for their actions. Buy discount chloromint Everything is always someone else’s fault.

Narcissists, buy discount chloromint particularly the successful ones, buy discount chloromint can be extremely well presented. Buy discount chloromint
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 discount chloromint
Behind the unrestrained admiration of celebrity in all varieites lies narcissism. Buy discount chloromint We even have parasitical industries that feed on it and promote it, buy discount chloromint such as glossy magazines (complete with paparazzi), buy discount chloromint 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 discount chloromint NPD fits well with Clarke’s description of the ‘workplace psychopath’.

But what happens when narcissists run entire countries?
What happens when their decisions and actions affect millions of people, buy discount chloromint especially considering their lack of capacity for empathy or responsibility? Imagine what would happen if you gave a small child all the armies and money they want and enough power to do whatever they want with them, buy discount chloromint and you get the idea.

Politics, buy discount chloromint as it has been practiced throughout human history, buy discount chloromint is a magnet for narcissists because it offers so many advantages: power, buy discount chloromint money, buy discount chloromint privilege of all kinds, buy discount chloromint and most of all status and admiration. Buy discount chloromint
Narcissistic dictators are pretty obvious but even in Western democracies, buy discount chloromint politics includes too many elements, buy discount chloromint privileges and benefits that are all too attractive to narcissists.

If like me you are infuriated, buy discount chloromint frustrated and outright worried about policies that are short-sighted, buy discount chloromint that ignore facts and evidence (e.g. Buy discount chloromint Howard’s response to climate change); policies that promote divisiveness over unity and cooperation, buy discount chloromint suspicion and mistrust over compassion, buy discount chloromint and destructiveness over healing and dialogue, buy discount chloromint look for the narcissist. Buy discount chloromint
If you are shocked and disgusted by white collar crime or corruption, buy discount chloromint look for the narcissist. Buy discount chloromint If you are puzzled by why politics has been practiced with such cynicism and lack of compassion, buy discount chloromint with such shallowness, buy discount chloromint dishonesty and nastiness, buy discount chloromint look for the narcissists.

Big egos, buy discount chloromint resistance to change, buy discount chloromint ruthlessness and dishonesty are not just the foibles of high achievers, buy discount chloromint neither are they the admirable qualities of ‘go getters’. Buy discount chloromint
They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Buy discount chloromint It is important for the public to be able to understand and name what it sees rather than feel dismayed and puzzled by it.

Narcissistic leaders can give a whole society a narcissistic ‘flavour’ by promoting and advancing those who are like them. Buy discount chloromint
The most obvious signs of a narcissistic society are a strong focus on ‘grandness’, buy discount chloromint appearances and spectacles, buy discount chloromint disregard for rules and laws, buy discount chloromint and an empty confusing rhetoric at the expense of real substance. Buy discount chloromint A narcissistic government would spend a lot of money and effort publicising its achievements, buy discount chloromint real or imaginary. Buy discount chloromint Under narcissistic rulers reality begins to mix with fiction and real data about what is going on are covered up.

If we want to live in a compassionate, buy discount chloromint benevolent and rational society, buy discount chloromint based on dialogue and inclusiveness rather than fear and divisiveness, buy discount chloromint and if we want to have a long-term view of problem-solving we must ensure that we never again elect narcissistic leaders. Buy discount chloromint
A good way to prevent narcissists from being attracted to politics in the first place, buy discount chloromint is to reform the way politics is done. Buy discount chloromint A humbler political system that only offers to politicians what they really need in order to do their job, buy discount chloromint that is caring, buy discount chloromint transparent and truly accountable and that is run in the true spirit of service to the people, buy discount chloromint is unlikely to attract narcissists because they will not find in it the commodities they so covet. Avivigail Abarbanel's original article can be found at: http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/narcissism.html