Exploring narcissism further, the DSM-IV categorizes certain symptoms that must be present before conferring such a diagnosis.
Someone with Narcissistic Personality disorder (NPD) has at least 5 of these symptoms:
• has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
• is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
• believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
• requires excessive admiration
• has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
• is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
• lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
• is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
• shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
• Jealousy and possessiveness
• Excessive need to feel special, adored, loved, appreciated, or admired
• Rage attacks when you do not sufficiently meet his/her needs
• Controlling behaviors (trying to control how you spend your time, who you talk to, how you dress, etc.)
• Inflated self-esteem, or grandiosity (bragging, “fishing” for compliments)
• Dramatic, insecure behaviors
• Expecting you to take responsibility for making him/her feel better about him/herself
• Blaming you for behaviors or feelings (i.e., “YOU made me do this,” or “YOU made me feel this way.”)
• Not taking responsibility for angry behavior and justifying angry outbursts
• An attitude that demonstrates “the world revolves around me” and “you need to cater to my ideas, opinions, thoughts, and feelings.”
• An unwillingness to reflect on his/her own behaviors
Reading through this list we begin to understand the pernicious nature of this generalized narcissism. The Democrats have always been seeking to change the world. Their grandiose ideals are fine philosophical fodder, yet devoid of pragmatic realism. This explains why all the legislation you see coming out of Washington is self-defeating when viewed against a practical rationale, each Bill is rife with contradictions. There are literally thousands of examples of this, but to illustrate one: The impetus for health care reform was to lower costs. Then the CDC lifts the ban against immigrants that are HIV positive. Will not the proliferation of this HIV haven put further economic drain on the health care system when those infected will ultimately require costly and protracted health care?
If Obama succeeds in breaking this nation and reducing everyone to a state of equality in which everyone is expecting their hand-out, who will be left to provide the money?
The Government does not produce wealth, only people do. Liberalism seeks to undermine the self-reliant principles of a responsible life. As an individual must mature and learn the principles of self-deterministic behavior, our Liberal Government seeks to undermine this development by continually eroding family values, religious values, and moral values. Our Institutions are under attack as Government invades our psyche. Grandiosity coupled with the desire for Power is why there has been such a ‘dumbing down of America’.
Fearful people are more dependent, more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to deceptively simple, strong, tough measures and hard-line postures. … They may accept and even welcome repression if it promises to relieve their insecurities…George Gerber
Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important
They don’t mean to do harm ¬
But the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle
To think well of themselves….T. S. Eliot