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The Personalities of Past and Present “leaders”

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“[T]he superman suffers from a fatal flaw. He has failed to rise to the level of superhuman reason which should match that of his superhuman strength. He requires such reason to put this vast power to solely reasonable and useful ends and not to destructive and murderous ones. Because he lacks it, the conquests of science and technology become a mortal danger to him rather than a blessing.” Albert Schweitzer

Narcissism which comes from Narcissus of Greek mythology is defined as the personality trait of egotism denoting vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness.  Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others.

But narcissism in its minor form isn’t a bad thing. Have you ever dreamed big or set high goals for yourself? But taken to its extremes, extreme consequences can result.

Obama like most politicians displays symptoms of narcissism specifically Acquired situational narcissism. Acquired situational narcissism (ASN) is a form of narcissism that usually develops in late adolescence or adulthood, brought on by wealth, fame and the other trappings of celebrity.

From a historical perspective, narcissism has been prevalent in many of the leaders of nations, businesses, militaries, etc…  This is a list composed from the History Channel’s “Ancients Behaving Badly” which originally aired in the fall of 2009.

This list is not intending to compare military/political achievements or lack thereof (certainly Bush has nothing on Alexander The Great).

Julius Caesar: “Goal-Driven Killer.” Not Psychopathic, though. Just a “realist” when it came to empire-building. His conquests were mostly driven by the economic goals of the state. Today, he would have been a fascist.

Cleopatra: Histrionic personality disorder with psychopathic tendencies.

Hannibal: “Goal-Driven Killer” and like Caesar a “realist.”

Caligula: “Full Blown Stone Cold Psychopath.” Had Narcissistic Personality Disorder to the fullest.  He did what he did because he enjoyed it.

Attila The Hun:  Same As Caligula.

Nero: “Goal-Driven Killer” with psychotic tendencies who had Oedipal Mother issues. His main motive for burning Rome wasn’t that he hated Christians per se. They were just a convenient target to cover up for his real desire: a larger palace dedicated to his honor.

Genghis Khan: “Goal-Driven Killer” driven by religious megalomania.

Alexander The Great: “Goal-Driven Killer” who was a realist, but had tendencies of megalomania. His defining trait was his pure, raw ambition to be great.

The same would be true among more recent U.S. presidents:

George W. Bush: Exhibits traits of Paranoid schizophrenia (not a personality disorder per se, but many narcissists display its traits).  But for the most part, he faced the dilmena that many children of the rich and famous have to deal with.  He never was truly his own man.

Dick Cheney: Malignant narcissism. I mention him because he was the real power behind the Bush administration. Bush simply isn’t the ambitious type.   Otto Kernberg described malignant narcissism as a syndrome characterized by a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), antisocial features, paranoid traits, and ego-syntonic aggression. Other symptoms may include an absence of conscience, a psychological need for power, and a sense of importance (grandiosity).

Bill Clinton: Sexual narcissism. In spite of his outward charisma, this was simply a mask for his insecurities which he made up for by being able to “conquer” the ladies.
George H.W. Bush: Corporate narcissism. He is a Wall Street man and his sole outlook on life was the bottom line.  He makes value judgments almost solely based on cost-benefit analysis.

Written by chrisforliberty

June 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Posted in Politics, U.S. History

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