Obama and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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posted on May, 28 2008 @ 05:49 PM
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I don’t know why this topic has gotten under my skin.

I think it is because, here at ATS, I immediately get defensive when someone casually suggests insanity, or delusions, or perhaps psychosis as a way of dismissing someone. It is very easy to imply that someone is mentally diseased when actually they are quite normal, but just thinking progressively.

And if someone truly has a disorder – it makes it harder to bring that forward because that accusation is so often made inappropriately.

Labeling someone as delusional (which is a very specific, painful, and often dangerous condition) should require more proof than has been presented here.

I think most Obama supporters would characterize him as smart, tolerant, reflective, and sympathetic. This seems to go against your assertions.




posted on May, 28 2008 @ 05:57 PM
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Originally posted by Buck Division
I think it is because, here at ATS, I immediately get defensive when someone casually suggests insanity, or delusions, or perhaps psychosis as a way of dismissing someone. It is very easy to imply that someone is mentally diseased when actually they are quite normal, but just thinking progressively.

Labeling someone as delusional (which is a very specific, painful, and often dangerous condition) should require more proof than has been presented here.

I think most Obama supporters would characterize him as smart, tolerant, reflective, and sympathetic. This seems to go against your assertions.


You misunderstand NPD entirely. It is FAR from delusional or psychotic, and is very often seen in some of the most intelligent people. It's a personality disorder, not a psychotic condition.

You make a couple of great distinctions. Supporters find him tolerant, i.e., he cultivates his following. Non-supporters find him intolerant. Watch the video of the guy who wanted a photo. Also, there is a difference between being sympathetic and empathetic. I truly don't see Obama having any actual capacity to sincerely relate to other people. His bitter/clinging comment exemplifies this.



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:23 PM
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Actually, those criteria fit Hillary as well as they do Obama, maybe even more so, since Hillary is trying to convince us that being the First Lady is the equivalent of being the Secretary of State, the Vice President, and Ambassador-at-Large, all rolled into one.

I think it goes without saying that anyone who runs for office has a pretty good self image.

It should also be remembered that DSM criteria are not meant to be used to label people who have not been under clinical review and for whom some collateral information has not been gathered.

Obama may very well have some narcissistic features, but having some features is not the same as having a personality disorder.

Certainly, Obama is an ambitious, aggressive, confident young man and those are not bad qualities. I happen to believe that those qualities alone are not sufficient to qualify someone for the office of the presidency, but I can hardly comprehend someone convincing the public that he is qualified to be president without those qualities.

[edit on 2008/5/28 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on May, 28 2008 @ 06:53 PM
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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Actually, those criteria fit Hillary as well as they do Obama, maybe even more so, since Hillary is trying to convince us that being the First Lady is the equivalent of being the Secretary of State, the Vice President, and Ambassador-at-Large, all rolled into one.


Yes, I think it's obvious that HRC is a prime example of NPD as well. Probably McCain too. But the reason I made the comment about Obama is because he is relatively unknown, and the more that I learn about him, the more obvious his NPD seems to be.

And yes, I'm well aware of the intended use of the DSM-IV. That said, the symptoms are pretty obvious.

Just my 2 cents.



posted on May, 29 2008 @ 02:25 PM
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Sorry, but none of the actions anyone has described would fall under actually having NPD. Every individual on the planet could be classified as having various personality disorders under the DSM-IV-TR. That is why pscyhological testing is used to actually diagnose an individual. If you have a "The Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory" or a "Narcissistic Personality Inventory" indicating that he might score high enough to have NPD, then you could begin to diagnose him as such (narcissistic-personality.suite101.com...)

To quote the DSM a personality disorder, "an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it". (DSM-IV-TR)

He has not been running around while debating, yelling "I am Jesus!", while telling everyone around him why they suck. True, he back peddles when he stumbles on his words. Who doesn't though. He is not malfunctioning in anyway. If he had pulled an incident like the infamous Tom Cruise on the Oprah Show, then maybe I would say he might have some disorder. The truth about psychology is that everyone is crazy. Most of us can deal with it, but there is no such thing as normal.

To play devil's advocate, even if he did have NPD, so what. You're not saying he has schizophrenia or dissociative disorder. Those two are pretty much absolutely world destroying. Everything else is manageable, if given the right treatment and looked at through the right lens. I find it insulting to people with NPD that you would even say there's something wrong with having it, if Obama even had NPD which he doesn't. The DSM is general, it can be applied to everyone, testing is the only relevant measure, and even then it doesn't matter if you can function normally. Bashing any "disorder" merely shows a condescension on those who aren't "normal".

I think before anyone makes a decision about a mental disorder, they should read "Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason", by Michel Foucault.

Seriously though, he's a politician, they all need to think they're special, right, better than everyone else, etc. According to your diagnosis, we could probably say everyone in Washington has NPD. Just my opinion though of course.

Peace out.



posted on Jun, 6 2008 @ 10:20 AM
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surely all politicians are narcassists, to believe that your capable of successfuly leading an entire nation as well as believing that your capable of persuading them your capable has got to take a hefty chunk of narcissism, its no surprise that politicias display the trait, n wonder the worlds f*cked



posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 04:34 AM
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It's amazing that a man on a message board says that Obama has no achievements... He's a U.S *SENATOR* Not a Congress person in the lower house - he is a SENATOR of the United States.. Do you know the requirements to be a Senator? They are much much higher than that of the lower house.

So being a Senator of the United States is no achievement at all? - Come on now!

What do you do? Pump gas?

The other thing to keep in mind is that many good Presidents had little to no political experience - Abraham Lincoln sucked at everything he did until he was President (Read up dude was a total loser until he became POTUS)

And Andrew Jackson who was a talented military man but had no real political experience and yet he was the only President to pay off the entire national debt, ever.



posted on Aug, 6 2008 @ 01:00 PM
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Clinto was a Narcissist and look how great he was. (sarcastic, yes.)



posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:01 AM
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Nice post .. it does seem Obama has unsubstantiated bloated self-esteem that comes off selfish and disrepectful.

He is not a humble persion, nor suffice it to say, has never been humbled.

Maybe losing this election will humble him.



posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 06:39 PM
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posted on Sep, 10 2008 @ 07:00 PM
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Is this topic the most recent directive from RDH (Rhetoric Disruption Headquarters) to deflect discussion into odd and unimportant territory?

Clearly, you did not think of this on your own. What are the odds that so many web pages (20,000+) would exist so quickly on this topic without a "behind the scenes" organizational effort to disrupt online conversations?



posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 06:17 PM
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It is so difficult to diagnose these things with certainty from afar, but the excellent point has been made several times above that many politicians are highly narcisstic. A sense of entitlement, a love of attention (narcisstic supply), power, a feeling of being unique. Politicians exhibit these traits so much more than the rest of us - as do actors, judges and other people who have been driven to achieve much and to have a career in the public eye. Obama certainly does have great charm and charisma which can be red flags for NPD... Those who seek out power are those who value it - and most of us just don't value it enough to give up our lives in pursuit of that goal. The danger is when narcissism is pathological and an actual personality disorder - informing every aspect and relationship in that person's life.

However, point them in the right direction and narcissists can achieve much - look at Picasso! They have far much more drive and self belief than most of us. They achieve greatness, but are hideous to the people around them who they treat with contempt. I am not sure if Obama treats his wife and daughters with contempt - if he does it's well hidden. (Unlike Mckain's well documented verbal mauling of poor Cindy - when he called her a trollop and worse...)

Mckain also exhibits other narcisstic traits - not least narcisstic rage when he feels slighted. [Even the tiniest slight sends him into a complete tail-spin and there are many reports of him jabbing people in the chest with his finger whilst swearing at them, simply because they have disagreed with him (incurring a 'narcisstic injury').] He has a massive sense of superiority (look at his body language in debates - his refusal to look at Obama, shake hands with him, the 'that one', comment. And paying attention to his earlier career certainly indicates a sense of entitlement.

But then Bush also clearly felt very entitled (even to an election win which wasn't necessarily his)... Bill Clinton too also showed many narcisstic traits - not least an astonishing charisma and a feeling that rules simply didn't apply to him. Sarah Palin also seems to have some of that charisma and her career is also characterised by a sense of entitlement, a willingness to bend the rules, an unsavory vindictive streak and unshakable self belief.

I believe, when it comes to politicians it is more relevant to ask 'who does not have a personality disorder?' The answer to that, unequivocably, is Joe Biden.



[edit on 9-10-2008 by silverfiligree]





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