The Prodigy as Narcissistic Injury

Written by Sam Vaknin

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Q. I would never dare asking some questionsrepparttar reporters from Panico askrepparttar 143773 celebrities. What arerepparttar 143774 characteristics of people like these reporters?

A. Sadistic, ambitious, narcissistic, lacking empathy, self-righteous, pathologically and destructively envious, with a fluctuating sense of self-worth (possibly an inferiority complex).

6. Do you believerepparttar 143775 actors and reporters want themselves to be as famous asrepparttar 143776 celebrities they tease? Because I think this is almost happening...

A. The line is very thin. Newsmakers and newsmen and women are celebrities merely because they are public figures and regardless of their true accomplishments. A celebrity is famous for being famous. Of course, such journalists will likely to fall prey to up and coming colleagues in an endless and self-perpetuating food chain...

7. I think thatrepparttar 143777 fan-celebrity relationship gratifies both sides. What arerepparttar 143778 advantagesrepparttar 143779 fans get and what arerepparttar 143780 advantagesrepparttar 143781 celebrities get?

A. There is an implicit contract between a celebrity and his fans. The celebrity is obliged to "actrepparttar 143782 part", to fulfilrepparttar 143783 expectations of his admirers, not to deviate fromrepparttar 143784 roles that they impose and he or she accepts. In returnrepparttar 143785 fans showerrepparttar 143786 celebrity with adulation. They idolize him or her and make him or her feel omnipotent, immortal, "larger than life", omniscient, superior, and sui generis (unique).

What arerepparttar 143787 fans getting for their trouble?

Above all,repparttar 143788 ability to vicariously sharerepparttar 143789 celebrity's fabulous (and, usually, partly confabulated) existence. The celebrity becomes their "representative" in fantasyland, their extension and proxy,repparttar 143790 reification and embodiment of their deepest desires and most secret and guilty dreams. Many celebrities are also role models or father/mother figures. Celebrities are proof that there is more to life than drab and routine. That beautiful - nay, perfect - people do exist and that they do lead charmed lives. There's hope yet - this isrepparttar 143791 celebrity's message to his fans.

The celebrity's inevitable downfall and corruption isrepparttar 143792 modern-day equivalent ofrepparttar 143793 medieval morality play. This trajectory - from rags to riches and fame and back to rags or worse - proves that order and justice do prevail, that hubris invariably gets punished, and thatrepparttar 143794 celebrity is no better, neither is he superior, to his fans.

8. Why are celebrities narcissists? How is this disorder born?

No one knows if pathological narcissism isrepparttar 143795 outcome of inherited traits,repparttar 143796 sad result of abusive and traumatizing upbringing, orrepparttar 143797 confluence of both. Often, inrepparttar 143798 same family, withrepparttar 143799 same set of parents and an identical emotional environment - some siblings grow to be malignant narcissists, while others are perfectly "normal". Surely, this indicates a genetic predisposition of some people to develop narcissism.

It would seem reasonable to assume - though, at this stage, there is not a shred of proof - thatrepparttar 143800 narcissist is born with a propensity to develop narcissistic defenses. These are triggered by abuse or trauma duringrepparttar 143801 formative years in infancy or during early adolescence. By "abuse" I am referring to a spectrum of behaviors which objectifyrepparttar 143802 child and treat it as an extension ofrepparttar 143803 caregiver (parent) or as a mere instrument of gratification. Dotting and smothering are as abusive as beating and starving. And abuse can be dished out by peers as well as by parents, or by adult role models.

Not all celebrities are narcissists. Still, some of them surely are.

We all search for positive cues from people around us. These cues reinforce in us certain behaviour patterns. There is nothing special inrepparttar 143804 fact thatrepparttar 143805 narcissist-celebrity doesrepparttar 143806 same. However there are two major differences betweenrepparttar 143807 narcissistic andrepparttar 143808 normal personality.

The first is quantitative. The normal person is likely to welcome a moderate amount of attention – verbal and non-verbal – inrepparttar 143809 form of affirmation, approval, or admiration. Too much attention, though, is perceived as onerous and is avoided. Destructive and negative criticism is avoided altogether.

The narcissist, in contrast, isrepparttar 143810 mental equivalent of an alcoholic. He is insatiable. He directs his whole behaviour, in fact his life, to obtain these pleasurable titbits of attention. He embeds them in a coherent, completely biased, picture of himself. He uses them to regulates his labile (fluctuating) sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

To elicit constant interest,repparttar 143811 narcissist projects on to others a confabulated, fictitious version of himself, known asrepparttar 143812 False Self. The False Self is everythingrepparttar 143813 narcissist is not: omniscient, omnipotent, charming, intelligent, rich, or well-connected.

The narcissist then proceeds to harvest reactions to this projected image from family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours, business partners and from colleagues. If these –repparttar 143814 adulation, admiration, attention, fear, respect, applause, affirmation – are not forthcoming,repparttar 143815 narcissist demands them, or extorts them. Money, compliments, a favourable critique, an appearance inrepparttar 143816 media, a sexual conquest are all converted intorepparttar 143817 same currency inrepparttar 143818 narcissist's mind, into "narcissistic supply".

So,repparttar 143819 narcissist is not really interested in publicity per se or in being famous. Truly he is concerned withrepparttar 143820 REACTIONS to his fame: how people watch him, notice him, talk about him, debate his actions. It "proves" to him that he exists.

The narcissist goes around "hunting and collecting"repparttar 143821 wayrepparttar 143822 expressions on people's faces change when they notice him. He places himself atrepparttar 143823 centre of attention, or even as a figure of controversy. He constantly and recurrently pesters those nearest and dearest to him in a bid to reassure himself that he is not losing his fame, his magic touch,repparttar 143824 attention of his social milieu.

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.

Berenguer Sauniere - "This Place is Terrible":

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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CHAPTER ONE: Why didrepparttar Hapsburg’s attend his funeral?

Cathar Corporate Clan?: COLUMBUS OF CATALAN: Catholic Payoff?: AN ENORMOUS HOARD OF CASH: Franz Joseph andrepparttar 143591 Rothschilds: THE DOVE AND ‘LIVING LOVE’ OF JESUS: Dominus Iesoos:

CHAPTER TWO: Rennes andrepparttar 143592 Pentagram: THE PENTAGRAM: The Sun: MEGALITHIIC POWER PLANTS: Druidic University: TARTESSUS: The Founding of Massalia: LYONESS: The Basque: PADRE PIO WAS NOT THE FIRST:

CHAPTER THREE: Time will tell?

Father Ernetti: SAINT YVES: Pierre Plantard de St. Clair: DE-POPULATION PLANNING: Cecil Rhodes andrepparttar 143593 Illuminati:

CHAPTER FOUR: “Est terrible”:

Napoleon Blanched: HOFFET BIBLIOMANCED: Nostradamus ‘Saw’: LAFITTE ‘ROTHSCHILD’: Goethe and Carlyle are Illuminized: MONTSEGUR AND THE NAZIS:

CHAPTER FIVE: The Holy Alliance:


CHAPTER SIX: Did he haverepparttar 143594 goods on Synarchy?:

The Drug Trade: DE-POPULATION LIKE THE PLAGUE: Slavery and Jean Lafitte: NAPOLEON AND TUSCANY: Adam Weishaupt:

CHAPTER SEVEN: Genetic Manipulation:

Abraham and The Leather Scroll: SARGON AND HAMMURABI: Ml-Chi-Zadok: MARY – MOTHER OF JESUS: Star-Fire Ceremony and a World of Slaves: CHARLEMAGNE: Charles Martel and Hitler: LORD MOUNTBATTEN:

CHAPTER EIGHT: The Priory of Sion:

Bishop of Carcassonne: THE PROTOCOLS OF SION: The Red Cross and Sion: DE BRIX:


The Ashkenazi and Khazars: THE ESOTERIC MANDATE: Khazars: THE DIASPORA: Chanukah: THE HALAKAH:

CHAPTER TEN: It Was Not These Things:

Jesusrepparttar 143595 Pharisee: CHANGING JESUS: The Emerald Tablet of Hermes: THE GRAIL CHALICE:

Author of Diverse Druids Guest 'expert' at Columnist for The ES Press Magazine

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