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.