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A Legend In His Own Mind

October 22, 2013

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Setting aside for the moment any personal animosity toward the President, which of the following behavioral traits would you say apply to Obama, and to what degree?

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obaloof22It’s fair to say an unbiased observer (if one exists) would conclude “all of the above” apply to  our petty POTUS in greater or lesser degrees – which is more than a bit disconcerting, as this little “menu of madness” comes from “The American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.  It is in fact THE diagnostic criteria psychiatrists use to diagnose “Narcissistic Personality Disorder” (NPD). In practice, only five of the nine behaviors cited need be present for a positive diagnosis. It seems President Obama has the whole nine yards. In spades. Yikes.

Narcissus“Narcissism” simply means “self-love”. In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the incredibly handsome son of Cephissus, a river god, and a nymph named Liriope. He was exceptionally proud and arrogant, disdaining those who loved him, so a fellow named “Nemesis” (heh) led him to a pool where he fell in love with his own reflection, and being unable to leave the beauty of his own image, wasted away to death. Poor shmuck.

As distinct from “healthy narcissism” (i.e. positive self-image, self-esteem, self-confidence) which helps us survive and thrive in a competitive world – Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a “Cluster B (i.e. dramatic, emotional, or erratic) personality disorder which makes relationships, reality and rational decision making difficult at best – dangerous at worst.

In 2008, Dr Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited wrote an article making a rather compelling case that Barack Obama indeed exhibits all the hallmarks of NPD. In Vaknin’s words:

“Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent.”

Some of Vaknin’s specific observations on Obama – Barack Obama: Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?

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Naturally the [alleged] media – the principal providers of Obama’s “Narcissistic Supply” (constant praise, attention, adulation, adoration) – either simply ignored Dr Vaknin, or condescendingly dismissed his observations because he is not a “licensed” psychologist or psychiatrist. There are two serious flaws with that write-off:  Vaknin’s research is widely accepted and highly acclaimed across the psychiatric field as the definitive source on NPD. Secondly, he has personally suffered and struggled with NPD his entire life. In my own humble experience counseling with alcoholics, addicts, and personality disorders from depression to paranoid schizophrenia – the folks in the trenches, daily fighting these issues for their very lives, are far and away the most knowledgeable and reliable sources on these conditions – bar none. Since being elected, Obama’s Narcissistic Pathology has grown predictably worse. Please check out Dr. Vaknin’s site.

obambirdPathological Narcissism is a reaction to prolonged abuse and trauma in early childhood or early adolescence.  Obama’s early life was certainly chaotic – replete with traumatic and psychologically bruising instability and displacement. Mixed-race marriages were rare then – not socially acceptable – plus they married five months before his birth, even more unseemly for the day. They divorced when he was two, then his father abandoned him and saw him only once, before he died in Kenya. His mother soon re-married and relocated Obama to Indonesia to be raised by a stepfather of a different faith and worldview, in  a vastly divergent culture where he was radically dissimilar from other children. At ten, with his “new” parent’s marriage failing, he was sent off to live with his maternal (white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years, then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died in 1995. Abandonment, rejection, humiliation, isolation, shame, fear, confusion, anger, anxiety and no sense of security or family stability… Sheesh, a dysfunctional zoo.

obarrogantttIn short, Barry O is a textbook case of compensation for deep psychological scars via narcissistic pathology, which ironically is also the very thing that propelled him to power! Or, in other words, the leader of the free world doesn’t have both oars in the water. Another fine reason the founding fathers set up government with checks and balances. Someone like this with unfettered power would be truly dangerous. But failing that, God also has a  habit of pounding pseudo omniscients and omnipotents down to size. He has in fact applied it to meself from time to time when me pride got out of hand. Here’s a free slice of wisdom – humble yourself. It hurts a whole lot less than if God has to do it. O that Barry would heed. Methinks he’ll come down hard when reality finally smacks him.

All this also helps explain the ambiguity and absurdity oozing out of Washington these days. The government seems insane because it is insane. The GOP – currently void of visionary and principled leadership – is thrashing about reacting to High Drama Obama’s nutty contradictions – and conceding core conservative principles that the majority of Americans are desperate to hear again – all in a bizarre endeavor to keep up with a mad man?

idiotSo what was the point of Cruz’ non-filibuster-filibuster? A brief moment of opportunity to rise above the bizarre banality and clueless craziness – speaking plain truth, reason and reality right in the middle of the loony bin. People heard.

“Hey, that guy all the reporters say is crazy and evil says Obamacare won’t work, and the Government needs to stop spending our grandkid’s money and Congress should live by the same rules we do. He’s right.”

You can’t turn a ship to Starboard on a dime. You set right rudder and hold it there. She’ll come around in good time if you hold steady.

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