Friday, August 7, 2009

Leading Psychologist on Narcissism Says Obama is Dangerous


Dr. Sam Vaknin States, "I must confess I was impressed by Sen.Barack Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident - a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words. Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such quasi "religious" impact on so many people. The fact that Obama is a total incognito with zero accomplishment, makes this inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects." Barack Obama is a narcissist.

Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the "Malignant Self Love" believes "Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist." Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens. Vaknin says that Obama's language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest, dearest and nearest suggest that the Senator is either a narcissist or he may have narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves.

Jim Jones, the charismatic leader of 'People's Temple', the man who led over 900 of his followers to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin, Saddam, Mao,Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.

When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don't know it until it is too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant (two years old). Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia , a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father. At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal(white) grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years and then she vanished from his life in 1979. She died of cancer in 1995.

One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those around them. Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service. The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own inverted image. He creates a cult of personality.

His admirers become his co-dependents Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them is beneath them and do not deserve their attention.

If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he has no interest in it. The "present" vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because they are not about him. Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations.

The University of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book "Dreams from My Father". Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was still nobody. So did Stalin.

For a narcissist no subject is as important as his own self. Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself? Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless as the norm, they lack conscience. This is evident from Obama's lack of interest in his own brother who lives on only one dollar per month.

A man who lives in luxury, who takes a private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who has raised nearly half a billion dollars for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his ascent to power.

A narcissist cares for no one but himself. This election is like no other in the history of America . The issues are insignificant compared to what is at stake. What can be more dangerous than having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world? I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed. Many politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others...They are simply self serving and selfish.

Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw. Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even intelligent.

It is this disguise that makes them treacherous.

Today the Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end to their party. More here.

30 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

VERY GOOD ! You've been busy as usual.

Opus #6 said...

Thanks, Woodie!

WoFat said...

In Alabama we might say, about Obama, "There ain't no there, there."

Red said...

I remember this article. I have to add that it's urban legend that most of Jim Jone's followers willingly drank the "kool-aid". Many of them were forced by an armed few. Many of them fought back. Only a handful escaped with their lives.


I hope that most of us will not be forced by an armed few to accept a fate we do not want for ourselves and our children.

just a conservative girl said...

I have been saying for a long time that it is not healthy for this country to be so in love with a politician. Actually it is scary. I remember watching the kid from Florida in tears at a townhall. He was mid twenties and worked at McDonalds for 4 years and asked the President what he was going to do to get him better benefits.

Ok, right now I will give him the McDonalds job; times are really bad in Florida. But he worked there for four years. What about taking some classes at the local community college? Get yourself some skills to improve your job prospects.

It was very distrubing to watch this kid in tears. No American should be that in awe of a politician in this country. It is bad for all of us.

It is a slippery slope that I don't care to experiment on.

Barking Spider said...

Hell of a damning indictment, Opie, and perhaps, unbelievably to many Americans, this is also a precise analysis of Tony Blair. I mean, really, this is such an accurate description of him that I'm truly astounded by it. Blair also led his Party to destruction while Brown destroyed the Country, but Blair got what he wanted - lots of money - that's what the big love-in with Bush was all about. Blair still thinks he's the Messiah and I was worried before his election that there was a distinct possibility that Obama could be the same and unfortnately he is exactly the same or worse - plus he has a real chip on his shoulder as was clearly demonstrated with the ranting Skip Gates episode.

I hope you don't mind but I think I should post this over at my place - it will strike a very familiar chord with a lot of people and scare the hell out of them.

Opus #6 said...

Spidie, please repost. That is the highest achievement of blogging. Getting the word out.

Opus #6 said...

Wo, aka empty suit.

Opus #6 said...

Red, I remember the stories of the horror in the jungle. People want answers to life's questions. Most men fall short of providing that. And some more than others.

Opus #6 said...

Jacg, sounds like the boy must have gotten some kool aid in his eyes.

LL said...

Obama is a "hollow suit", an ego with a nice haircut.

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

More to fuel the fire...

http://tinyurl.com/mnqtbe

CI-Roller Dude said...

The county I work in, is full of those types. I love it when the bump into each other's idea of what is right or wrong....it can get very exciting to watch.
I usually wait until they beat the stupid out of each other before I arrest them.

Amusing Bunni said...

Opie!
I must commend you on an excellent post!
I always knew he has a SERIOUS mental disorder....on the order of grandiose personality....and of course narcissism. I'm happy a well RESPECTED EXPERT medical authority concurs with all of us.

I wonder if obugger will appoint Dr. Vakin as his Mental Health Czar. If he did and I was the Good Dr., I'd lock up obugger & his shrew in a padded cell for LIFE!

RightKlik said...

I'm disappointed that so many Americans fell for Obama. They should have been more discerning.

Nickie Goomba said...

This a wonderfully timely post. A beauty of a message. You go, girl!

The_Kid said...

I couldn't agree more.

Why is Bush Hitler? He never told anyone to shut up.

Yet Obama tells everyone in America who disagrees with his agenda to shut up - in Prime Time.
And that's cool to his fascist supporters.

We're skipping socialism folks and going right to Fascism. At least.

Teresa said...

This is an excellent Post. This further affirms my name for Obama-Narcissist-in-Chief. I wish that the voters had listened to us during the election. But, instead most were oprahbots and only voted for him based on his skin color. He is dangerous and now he has exposed himself, so now as Americans defending our country we must fight back to defend her. I am going to have to pass this article along so others can see this.

Opus #6 said...

LL, agreed.

Opus #6 said...

Rab, eeek, the fire feels pretty hot already.

Opus #6 said...

Roller Dude, you know what they say. Timing is everything.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, your passion is contagious!

Opus #6 said...

RightKlik, that is a theme on this blog. Truly, I sounded every alarm before the election. So many did not want to know.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, you are right, it is not a new topic, but SO timely.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, Obama is SO outclassed by Bush he doesn't even understand how.

Opus #6 said...

Teresa, thank you for passing it on. Seriously. Do folks not realize that votes should be based on CHARACTER and not SKIN COLOR???? How many years and generations will it take for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ideas to be taken to heart.

Dr. Dave said...

"Barack Obama is a narcissist."

Which, of course, means that my 5 and 8 year olds have more common sense than he does, since narcissism in my house is punishable by having to watch ACORN shout "yes we can" on VCR -- VCR, I TELL YOU! -- in the outhouse in my backyard.

Naturally, my kids will do anything to use the real bathroom...at the neighbor's house.

Opus #6 said...

Oh, Dave, your humor heals my soul.

The Conservative Lady said...

Too bad the majority of the people were so close minded they wouldn't listen to the warnings. Great post.

Opus #6 said...

TCL, it was BEYOND frustrating, last November.