posted on Sep, 21 2009 @ 03:42 PM
reply to post by kilas
As the saying goes...
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
IMHO, the elitists are narcissistic and literally addicted to money and power. Like a drug, they will never acquire enough of either to be satisfied
I am definitely not a psychologist, but most of the terms and explanations on wikipedia seem to fit.
The malignant narcissist receives psychological gratification from feelings of power that come from the outside world. These positive social cues can
be in the form of attention, power, and notoriety. Over time, the malignant narcissist becomes accustomed (even addicted) to this form of
psychological gratification (also known as narcissistic supply). Similar to other addictions, the narcissist needs to feed off other people's
emotions for narcissistic supply to help stimulate their psychological needs. Without narcissistic supply, the narcissist will undergo withdrawal
symptoms similar to a drug addict.
Theories on malignant narcissism and its relation to psychopathy:
Kernberg wrote that malignant narcissism can be differentiated from psychopathy because of the malignant narcissists' capacity to internalize "both
aggressive and idealized superego precursors, leading to the idealization of the aggressive, sadistic features of the pathological grandiose self of
these patients." According to Kernberg, the psychopaths' paranoid stance against external influences makes them unwilling to internalize even the
values of the "aggressor," while malignant narcissists "have the capacity to admire powerful people, and can depend on sadistic and powerful but
reliable parental images." Malignant narcissists, in contrast to psychopaths, are also said to be capable of developing "some identification with
other powerful idealized figures as part of a cohesive 'gang' ... which permits at least some loyalty and good object relations to be
internalized." The malignant narcissist's main differences in impulse control from the psychopath is in the area of psychological gratification.
While the psychopath displays more antisocial features, the malignant narcissist desires "unlimited power," a trait that is deemed positive in many
capitalistic societies. It is possible for the malignant narcissist to move above and beyond their contemporaries, and make a positive contribution to
society (although rarely is this the case). The malignant narcissist will attempt to make full use of their capabilities. Neither the malignant
narcissist nor the psychopath can delay gratification, but malignant narcissism lends itself to gratification in intellectual and other positive
Malignant narcissism is highlighted as a key area when it comes to the study of mass, sexual, and serial murder. 
See full explanation for malignant narcissistic behavior here: en.wikipedia.org...
If the shoe fits...