Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Does Obama meet the criteria? (Video embedded)

After re-reading an article today at American Thinker entitled “Obama’s lack of ordinary modesty” by James Lewis, I was reminded that I have never in memory met a person who held himself in such esteem as Obama.

Obama doesn’t just think highly of himself…he believes he can fix the wrongs of this country to and including fixing our “broken” souls (how scary is that?).

And their was no disagreement from Obama when Oprah crowned him “the One”…

We have all known folks with some degree of narcissistic tendencies but usually they sooner or later get disabused of that condition when they have their inevitable head-on collision with reality. But Obama seems to have avoided the inevitable…so far.

And so his loftiness has grown.

Many of us have wondered from time to time if Obama may not merely suffer from an egregious lack of humility…he may indeed suffer from a full-blown case of “narcissistic personality disorder” as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

In an effort to increase my understanding of this condition, I did a little research and found this rather solid video lecture (by Dr. Rhoda Hahn, psychiatrist) on “narcissistic personality disorder” and thought you might enjoy it.

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BTW, here are the DSM IV Criteria for “Narcissistic Personality Disorder”…

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

1 — has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

2 — is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3 — believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4 — requires excessive admiration

5 — has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

6 — is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

7 — lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

8 — is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her

9 — shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Source: Mental Health Today


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