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I've increasingly become interested in the rise of narcissism / narcissistic personalities in all levels of power, order discount ginkgo biloba patch and in our own communities, order discount ginkgo biloba patch even families at large. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch   Of course we all need a good healthy self image, order discount ginkgo biloba patch however the level of self-consumption, order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch     I've been curious how (and why) narcissism/sociopathy have become more prominent in our perceptions and even definitions of  "success", order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch interesting piece by Avigail Abarbanel. Narcissism and the world of "success" and smoke and mirrors, order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch in particular Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NDP), order discount ginkgo biloba patch and politics.

A person has to have only five of the following DSM-IV criteria to be diagnosed with NPD. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch status and power, order discount ginkgo biloba patch and where admiration can be obtained relatively easily for example: high level sports, order discount ginkgo biloba patch entertainment, order discount ginkgo biloba patch all branches of academia, order discount ginkgo biloba patch medicine, order discount ginkgo biloba patch military and law enforcement, order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch to be seen as selfless and helpful and to be admired by others as devoted parents. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch Ask the child of a narcissist and he or she would tell you that ‘Dad got involved but he did it for himself. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch It was never about me’.

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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, order discount ginkgo biloba patch or living with depression or substance abuse, order discount ginkgo biloba patch and no one, order discount ginkgo biloba patch least of all them, order discount ginkgo biloba patch understands why. When they come to therapy they don’t feel that they have a right to have problems, order discount ginkgo biloba patch because their family was not only ‘normal’ but even ‘perfect’. And this is important because image is everything for narcissists, order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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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Narcissists, order discount ginkgo biloba patch particularly the successful ones, order discount ginkgo biloba patch can be extremely well presented. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch
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. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch
Behind the unrestrained admiration of celebrity in all varieites lies narcissism. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch We even have parasitical industries that feed on it and promote it, order discount ginkgo biloba patch such as glossy magazines (complete with paparazzi), order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch NPD fits well with Clarke’s description of the ‘workplace psychopath’.

But what happens when narcissists run entire countries?
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Politics, order discount ginkgo biloba patch as it has been practiced throughout human history, order discount ginkgo biloba patch is a magnet for narcissists because it offers so many advantages: power, order discount ginkgo biloba patch money, order discount ginkgo biloba patch privilege of all kinds, order discount ginkgo biloba patch and most of all status and admiration. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch
Narcissistic dictators are pretty obvious but even in Western democracies, order discount ginkgo biloba patch politics includes too many elements, order discount ginkgo biloba patch privileges and benefits that are all too attractive to narcissists.

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

Big egos, order discount ginkgo biloba patch resistance to change, order discount ginkgo biloba patch ruthlessness and dishonesty are not just the foibles of high achievers, order discount ginkgo biloba patch neither are they the admirable qualities of ‘go getters’. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch
They are the symptom of a serious pathology. Order discount ginkgo biloba patch 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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