Narcissistic Leaders

Written by Sam Vaknin

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The narcissistic leader prefersrepparttar sparkle and glamour of well-orchestrated illusions torepparttar 125936 tedium and method of real accomplishments. His reign is all smoke and mirrors, devoid of substances, consisting of mere appearances and mass delusions. Inrepparttar 125937 aftermath of his regime -repparttar 125938 narcissistic leader having died, been deposed, or voted out of office - it all unravels. The tireless and constant prestidigitation ceases andrepparttar 125939 entire edifice crumbles. What looked like an economic miracle turns out to have been a fraud-laced bubble. Loosely-held empires disintegrate. Laboriously assembled business conglomerates go to pieces. "Earth shattering" and "revolutionary" scientific discoveries and theories are discredited. Social experiments end in mayhem.

It is important to understand thatrepparttar 125940 use of violence must be ego-syntonic. It must accord withrepparttar 125941 self-image ofrepparttar 125942 narcissist. It must abet and sustain his grandiose fantasies and feed his sense of entitlement. It must conform withrepparttar 125943 narcissistic narrative.

Thus, a narcissist who regards himself asrepparttar 125944 benefactor ofrepparttar 125945 poor, a member ofrepparttar 125946 common folk,repparttar 125947 representative ofrepparttar 125948 disenfranchised,repparttar 125949 champion ofrepparttar 125950 dispossessed againstrepparttar 125951 corrupt elite - is highly unlikely to use violence at first.

The pacific mask crumbles whenrepparttar 125952 narcissist has become convinced thatrepparttar 125953 very people he purported to speak for, his constituency, his grassroots fans,repparttar 125954 prime sources of his narcissistic supply - have turned against him. At first, in a desperate effort to maintainrepparttar 125955 fiction underlying his chaotic personality,repparttar 125956 narcissist strives to explain awayrepparttar 125957 sudden reversal of sentiment. "The people are being duped by (the media, big industry,repparttar 125958 military,repparttar 125959 elite, etc.)", "they don't really know what they are doing", "following a rude awakening, they will revert to form", etc.

When these flimsy attempts to patch a tattered personal mythology fail -repparttar 125960 narcissist is injured. Narcissistic injury inevitably leads to narcissistic rage and to a terrifying display of unbridled aggression. The pent-up frustration and hurt translate into devaluation. That which was previously idealized - is now discarded with contempt and hatred.

This primitive defense mechanism is called "splitting". Torepparttar 125961 narcissist, things and people are either entirely bad (evil) or entirely good. He projects onto others his own shortcomings and negative emotions, thus becoming a totally good object. A narcissistic leader is likely to justifyrepparttar 125962 butchering of his own people by claiming that they intended to kill him, undorepparttar 125963 revolution, devastaterepparttar 125964 economy, orrepparttar 125965 country, etc.

The "small people",repparttar 125966 "rank and file",repparttar 125967 "loyal soldiers" ofrepparttar 125968 narcissist - his flock, his nation, his employees - they payrepparttar 125969 price. The disillusionment and disenchantment are agonizing. The process of reconstruction, of rising fromrepparttar 125970 ashes, of overcomingrepparttar 125971 trauma of having been deceived, exploited and manipulated - is drawn-out. It is difficult to trust again, to have faith, to love, to be led, to collaborate. Feelings of shame and guilt engulfrepparttar 125972 erstwhile followers ofrepparttar 125973 narcissist. This is his sole legacy: a massive post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sam Vaknin ( ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

Election Truth

Written by The Independent Voice

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What many fail to recognize about this election is that whilerepparttar majority of people who voted for Kerry were voting against Bush, 30% of those that voted for Bush were actually doing so as a vote against Kerry. This is proof positive thatrepparttar 125935 character attacking ads ofrepparttar 125936 Bush campaign worked. They were successful at making people believe that Kerry truly was a flip-flopper and electing him would actually bring on terrorist attacks, homosexuals would be allowed to have sex with our children and our pets, andrepparttar 125937 bible would be banned. The real success ofrepparttar 125938 Bush campaign wasrepparttar 125939 strategy of fear, fear, fear, and "divide and conquer". They pushed their sanctimonious "moral" issues and people bought it, hook, line and sinker.

Now we hear about Bush's agenda. Is Bush going to work on health care,repparttar 125940 economy, and education? Is he now going to push an agenda to outlaw abortion, make sure everyone has an assault rifle, or finally ban stem-cell research because it's unethical? NO. Well why not? After all he now has a majority in congress and should be able to do anything he wants. No, we find that his agenda is social security privatization and tax code reform. Finally! The American public has agreed in allrepparttar 125941 polls that tax code reform isrepparttar 125942 most pressing issue facing us today. Whew! Thank God for George Bush.

In 4 years George W. Bush andrepparttar 125943 Republican controlled congress will no longer have any excuses, (especially 9/11), nor will they be able to blame John Kerry for not being able to live up to their promises. The next 4 years will be a testament torepparttar 125944 inherent flaws ofrepparttar 125945 neo-conservative ideology and their policies. Unfortunatelyrepparttar 125946 majority ofrepparttar 125947 American people have not recognizedrepparttar 125948 failing example ofrepparttar 125949 last 4 years.

The Indy Voice (http://www.theindyvoice/) is a no-nonsense blog that discusses politics, current affairs, and American society and culture without any consideration of ratings or commercial entities (big business). The Indy Voice

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