Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Narcissistic Personality Disorder -- If It Fits, Wear It!

"Inflated sense of grandiosity, lack of empathy, tendency to react angrily when matters fail to go their way, a constant need of admiration, bound up with a shell of self-confidence."
"According to DSM-5, individuals with NPD have most (at least five) or all of the symptoms listed below (generally without commensurate qualities or accomplishments).
1 Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment by others."
2 Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
3 Self-perception of being unique, superior, and associated with high-status people and institutions.
4 Needing constant admiration from others.
5 Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others.
6 Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain.
7 Unwilling to empathize with others' feelings, wishes, or needs.
8 Intensely jealous of others and the belief that others are equally jealous of them.
9 Pompous and arrogant demeanor."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southeastern Livestock Pavillion on October 12, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southeastern Livestock Pavillion on October 12, 2016 in Ocala, Florida.  (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the next President of the United States of America and Commander-in-Chief of the United States. January of 2017 is not all that far into the future. As each day passes edging toward that future, the world remains agog with amazement that this autocratic, belligerent, oafish, self-entitled braggart was successful in buying the presidency of the most powerful nation on the planet. And deigned to accept the confidence displayed in him by a majority of the electorate.

The alternate candidate did her utmost to snatch the purchase out of his mocked hands and indeed outspent him magnificently, but her overweening ambition was no match for his, and her lies though seemingly modest in comparison to his, came from a source that came complete with the kind of political baggage and entitlement that dwarfed even his. Her contempt for the alter-electorate matched his, but he made promises to a disenchanted public tired of establishment entitlements and political correctness. And she promised more of the same.

Donald Trump's narcissistic displays of character failed to offput a good swathe of the electorate. Although that swathe is described as middle class and white, it also included college educated women, blacks, Latinos and Muslims. Close to 62 million Americans voted for the now president-elect, well aware of his failings that were very well publicized by himself and by the news media. While voting Trump into office, they also rejected a Democratic Senate, House and state governors.

Among them many who had happily voted to bring Congressman Barack Obama into the presidency in 2008 and once again in 2012. Basically, people resent being patronized, and hate it even more when they are held in contempt. Hillary Clinton managed to hit her stride on both accounts, sneering at the basket of "deplorables" whom she identified as Trump supporters. They sneered right back, countering with her deplorable attitude that she was free to do whatever she liked.

Not that Donald Trump will not be a compromised president, despite his claims that his vast business holdings will not constitute any form of illegitimacy as the president. Everything, he feels, is nicely copacetic. And his will be a family affair in administering government. After all, Hillary Clinton used the State Department as a springboard for influence and incentives to invest in the Clinton charitable enterprise and the Clinton name pulled in extravagant fees on the speakers' circuit.

Hillary Clinton tarnished her reputation through her own inimitable agency. Forty-five percent of white women, college-educated voted for Trump, along with 30 percent of Latino and Asian voters, demographics that Clinton aimed foursquare for on her 'record' on human rights. The urban centres on the coasts preferred to colour themselves blue, with the vast interior a sea of incandescent red. So much for informed prediction. Enter eye-rolling rage.

Yet so much for public aversion to a man shamelessly presenting himself as singularly sexist, racist, homophobic, phallocentric, bigoted, imperialist, neo-fascist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic, though of course as President of the great United States of America he is none, absolutely not one, of these labels personally. It merely seemed that way during this most scabrously, scandalous of election campaigns. Which nonetheless won him a non-"rigged" election.

It cannot be entirely without merit to mention that perhaps the obligatory sensitivity tiptoeing about on campuses and in corporate offices mandating attitudes be "correct", speech codes acceded to that forbid "inappropriate" humour and the like had something to say about this election outcome that has resulted in a tsunami of "not my president!" But yes, he is, and will be, at least for the succeeding four years, and perhaps even more.

The lashback on political correctness and the labelling of those rejecting delusional hypertrophic liberalism as social troglodytes brought matters to this state, resulting in a massive backlash of its own, as the liberal-left finds itself in the grip of a psychosis of mass hysteria. The distortion of the fundamental tenets of liberal democracy in the ordering of individual freedom, equal rights, democracy and tolerance reached heights of absurdity.

Radical elitism was rejected and the power of the presidency is now in the hands of the deplorables. Perhaps it can all be analyzed as just desserts.


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