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1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from others
2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
3. Self-perception of being unique, superior and associated with high-status people and institutions
4. Needing constant admiration from others
5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others
6. Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain
7. Unwilling to empathize with others' feelings, wishes, or needs
8. Intensely jealous of others and the belief that others are equally jealous of them
9. Pompous and arrogant demeanor
Narcissistic personality disorder is different from having a strong sense of self-confidence. This is because people with NPD typically value themselves over others to the extent that they disregard the feelings and wishes of others and expect to be treated as superior regardless of their actual status or achievements. In addition, people with NPD may exhibit fragile egos, an inability to tolerate criticism, and a tendency to belittle others in an attempt to validate their own superiority.
People with NPD tend to exaggerate their skills and accomplishments as well as their level of intimacy with people they consider to be high-status. Their sense of superiority may cause them to monopolize conversations and to become impatient or disdainful when others talk about themselves. In the course of conversation, they may purposefully or unknowingly disparage or devalue the other person by overemphasizing their own success. When they are aware that their statements have hurt someone else, they tend to react with contempt and to view it as a sign of weakness. When their own ego is wounded by a real or perceived criticism, their anger can be disproportionate to situation, but typically, their actions and responses are deliberate and calculated. Despite occasional flare-ups of insecurity, their self-image is primarily stable (i.e., overinflated).
List of mentally ill modern era world leaders
Cold War era:
- Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator and mass murderer; Megalomania, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Paranoia Sociopathy
World War II era:
- John Curtin, 14th Prime Minister of Australia 1941–1945; Bipolar Disorder.
- Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK 1940–1945, 1951–1955; Bipolar disorder.
- Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of Soviet Communist Party 1922–1952 and Dictator; Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Manic Depression.
- Hermann Göring, Commander of the Luftwaffe; Antisocial Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Morphine Addiction, Depression.
- Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer-SS (second in power to Hitler); Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Severe Attachment Disorder.
- Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany 1934–1945; Bipolar Disorder, compounded by Methamphetamine Addiction.
19th and early 20th Century:
- Paul Deschanel, President of France 1920-21. Schizophrenia
- Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States 1861–1865; Depression.
- Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French 1804–1814; Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Megalomania
Although no psychiatric medications are specifically approved for the treatment of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), patients often benefit from the use of such medications to help alleviate certain symptoms associated with this disorder... Medications that may be considered include antidepressants (specifically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs]), antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers.
originally posted by: avgguy
This fits essentially every politician from both parties, including the current potus.
a reply to: spiritualzombie
these traits must differ substantially from cultural norms
originally posted by: Konduit
a reply to: avgguy
Narcissism: Watch Obama Refer to Himself 119 Times During Hillary Nominating Speech