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I've increasingly become interested in the rise of narcissism / narcissistic personalities in all levels of power, buy pulmicort online and in our own communities, buy pulmicort online even families at large. Buy pulmicort online   Of course we all need a good healthy self image, buy pulmicort online however the level of self-consumption, buy pulmicort online deceitful practices and entitlement are disturbingly becoming a trend.  Just taking a look at Goldman Sachs and the rest of the corporate banking structures as prime examples. Buy pulmicort online     I've been curious how (and why) narcissism/sociopathy have become more prominent in our perceptions and even definitions of  "success", buy pulmicort online and how they more importantly play a primary part in  the declination and erosion in our society overall.   I came across this article below -an insightful, buy pulmicort online interesting piece by Avigail Abarbanel. Narcissism and the world of "success" and smoke and mirrors, buy pulmicort online are more intertwined than most people probably realize.  The politics of Narcissism (and how image is more important than reality)

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 pulmicort online in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), buy pulmicort online and politics.

A person has to have only five of the following DSM-IV criteria to be diagnosed with NPD. Buy pulmicort online He or she: (1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance;
(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, buy pulmicort online power, buy pulmicort online brilliance, buy pulmicort online beauty, buy pulmicort online or ideal love; (3) believes that he or she is ‘special’ and unique and can only be understood by, buy pulmicort online or should associate with, buy pulmicort online other special or high status people (or institutions); (4) requires excessive admiration; (5) has a sense of entitlement i.e., buy pulmicort online unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations; (6) is interpersonally exploitative, buy pulmicort online i.e., buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online haughty behaviours or attitudes. Buy pulmicort online (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM IV. Buy pulmicort online American Psychiatric Association. Buy pulmicort online P.661)

People with NPD are everywhere but can be found in particular in areas where there are visible signs of success, buy pulmicort online status and power, buy pulmicort online and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, buy pulmicort online entertainment, buy pulmicort online all branches of academia, buy pulmicort online medicine, buy pulmicort online military and law enforcement, buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online confusion and fear around them. They are divisive, buy pulmicort online and are incredibly harmful (emotionally and otherwise) to anyone under their influence. The closer you are to them, buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Buy pulmicort online Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Buy pulmicort online It was never about me’.

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

Narcissists, buy pulmicort online particularly the successful ones, buy pulmicort online can be extremely well presented. Buy pulmicort online
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 pulmicort online
Behind the unrestrained admiration of celebrity in all varieites lies narcissism. Buy pulmicort online We even have parasitical industries that feed on it and promote it, buy pulmicort online such as glossy magazines (complete with paparazzi), buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online and you get the idea.

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

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

Big egos, buy pulmicort online resistance to change, buy pulmicort online ruthlessness and dishonesty are not just the foibles of high achievers, buy pulmicort online neither are they the admirable qualities of ‘go getters’. Buy pulmicort online
They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online
The most obvious signs of a narcissistic society are a strong focus on ‘grandness’, buy pulmicort online appearances and spectacles, buy pulmicort online disregard for rules and laws, buy pulmicort online and an empty confusing rhetoric at the expense of real substance. Buy pulmicort online A narcissistic government would spend a lot of money and effort publicising its achievements, buy pulmicort online real or imaginary. Buy pulmicort online 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 pulmicort online benevolent and rational society, buy pulmicort online based on dialogue and inclusiveness rather than fear and divisiveness, buy pulmicort online and if we want to have a long-term view of problem-solving we must ensure that we never again elect narcissistic leaders. Buy pulmicort online
A good way to prevent narcissists from being attracted to politics in the first place, buy pulmicort online is to reform the way politics is done. Buy pulmicort online A humbler political system that only offers to politicians what they really need in order to do their job, buy pulmicort online that is caring, buy pulmicort online transparent and truly accountable and that is run in the true spirit of service to the people, buy pulmicort online 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: