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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, find actonel no rx required in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), find actonel no rx required and politics.

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People with NPD are everywhere but can be found in particular in areas where there are visible signs of success, find actonel no rx required status and power, find actonel no rx required and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, find actonel no rx required entertainment, find actonel no rx required all branches of academia, find actonel no rx required medicine, find actonel no rx required military and law enforcement, find actonel no rx required 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, find actonel no rx required 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, find actonel no rx required to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Find actonel no rx required Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Find actonel no rx required It was never about me’.

I said ‘chosen children’ because if narcissists have two or more children, find actonel no rx required they will often divide them into two groups: the successful versus the unsuccessful, find actonel no rx required the bright and ‘not so bright’, find actonel no rx required 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, find actonel no rx required or living with depression or substance abuse, find actonel no rx required and no one, find actonel no rx required least of all them, find actonel no rx required understands why. When they come to therapy they don’t feel that they have a right to have problems, find actonel no rx required because their family was not only ‘normal’ but even ‘perfect’. And this is important because image is everything for narcissists, find actonel no rx required 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.

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Behind the unrestrained admiration of celebrity in all varieites lies narcissism. Find actonel no rx required We even have parasitical industries that feed on it and promote it, find actonel no rx required such as glossy magazines (complete with paparazzi), find actonel no rx required 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. Find actonel no rx required NPD fits well with Clarke’s description of the ‘workplace psychopath’.

But what happens when narcissists run entire countries?
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Narcissistic dictators are pretty obvious but even in Western democracies, find actonel no rx required politics includes too many elements, find actonel no rx required privileges and benefits that are all too attractive to narcissists.

If like me you are infuriated, find actonel no rx required frustrated and outright worried about policies that are short-sighted, find actonel no rx required that ignore facts and evidence (e.g. Find actonel no rx required Howard’s response to climate change); policies that promote divisiveness over unity and cooperation, find actonel no rx required suspicion and mistrust over compassion, find actonel no rx required and destructiveness over healing and dialogue, find actonel no rx required look for the narcissist. Find actonel no rx required
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They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Find actonel no rx required 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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