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I've increasingly become interested in the rise of narcissism / narcissistic personalities in all levels of power, discount buprenorphine cassette test and in our own communities, discount buprenorphine cassette test even families at large. Discount buprenorphine cassette test   Of course we all need a good healthy self image, discount buprenorphine cassette test however the level of self-consumption, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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. Discount buprenorphine cassette test     I've been curious how (and why) narcissism/sociopathy have become more prominent in our perceptions and even definitions of  "success", discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test interesting piece by Avigail Abarbanel. Narcissism and the world of "success" and smoke and mirrors, discount buprenorphine cassette test are more intertwined than most people probably realize.  The politics of Narcissism (and how image is more important than reality) http://static.crooksandliars.com/files/uploads/2009/04/culture%20of%20entitlement_8fa84.jpg

                     
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, discount buprenorphine cassette test in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), discount buprenorphine cassette test and politics.

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

People with NPD are everywhere but can be found in particular in areas where there are visible signs of success, discount buprenorphine cassette test status and power, discount buprenorphine cassette test and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, discount buprenorphine cassette test entertainment, discount buprenorphine cassette test all branches of academia, discount buprenorphine cassette test medicine, discount buprenorphine cassette test military and law enforcement, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Discount buprenorphine cassette test Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Discount buprenorphine cassette test It was never about me’.

I said ‘chosen children’ because if narcissists have two or more children, discount buprenorphine cassette test they will often divide them into two groups: the successful versus the unsuccessful, discount buprenorphine cassette test the bright and ‘not so bright’, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test or living with depression or substance abuse, discount buprenorphine cassette test and no one, discount buprenorphine cassette test least of all them, discount buprenorphine cassette test understands why. When they come to therapy they don’t feel that they have a right to have problems, discount buprenorphine cassette test because their family was not only ‘normal’ but even ‘perfect’. And this is important because image is everything for narcissists, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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. Discount buprenorphine cassette test
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Narcissists, discount buprenorphine cassette test particularly the successful ones, discount buprenorphine cassette test can be extremely well presented. Discount buprenorphine cassette test
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. Discount buprenorphine cassette test
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The damage narcissists do in the work environment is aptly described by the gifted Australian psychologist John Clarke in his book Working with Monsters. Discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test 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, discount buprenorphine cassette test and you get the idea.

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

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

Big egos, discount buprenorphine cassette test resistance to change, discount buprenorphine cassette test ruthlessness and dishonesty are not just the foibles of high achievers, discount buprenorphine cassette test neither are they the admirable qualities of ‘go getters’. Discount buprenorphine cassette test
They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Discount buprenorphine cassette test 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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