Mirror, mirror? Who is reflected in this diagnosis?

From The Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” comes this clip. Can anyone think of anyone who this describes?:


From the Mayo Clinic’s online entry on narcissistic personality disorder:

If you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may feel a sense of entitlement—and when you don’t receive special treatment, you may become impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything—for instance, the best car, athletic club or medical care.

At the same time, you have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation. To feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make yourself appear superior. Or you may feel depressed and moody because you fall short of perfection. . . .

[The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5] . . . criteria for narcissistic personality disorder include these features:

Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

Expecting to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

Exaggerating your achievements and talents

Being preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate . . .

Behaving in an arrogant or haughty manner.


10 comments on “Mirror, mirror? Who is reflected in this diagnosis?

  1. Connie Foust says:

    You hit the nail on the head! Thank you, I have been saying this for a very long time and really get some pretty vile remarks thrown back at me. Trump is the blonde Obama another empty suit.

  2. Bill says:

    Alas, unlike the Narcissus of mythology, he is not simply standing by a pool pining after his own image nor can we expect him to take the course that Ovid said he did. Alack, this egocentric anathema is running for President of the United States of America as a Republican.

  3. Running as a Republican doesn’t make him a Republican.

  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    Why doesn’t this fit Hillary Clinton? Trump has been a success on his own. he didn’t ride on his spouse’s back like Hillary Clinton.

  5. Steve says:

    No, it makes Republicans all the more gullible in the eyes of Liberals.

  6. Patrick says:

    Well said Thomas!

    And that (d) beside her name don’t make a hillary no democrat neither.

  7. Next Tuesday will be the real turning point. Cruz needs a “Shiloh” victory to continue the battle! He’s currently up 54% to Trump’s 45% in the “likely to win” category of FiveThirtyEight in the Hoosier state. It’s a “winner take all” Primary and if Cruz were to win…the momentum change could be “huge!” If he doesn’t…the fat lady or Chris Christie will be singing!

  8. Trump inherited a bundle so he really didn’t do it on his own…

  9. Steve says:

    In fact, had Trump simply invested his inheritance in the DOW 30, he would be worth ten times as much as he now claims for himself.

    Such a smart business man, throw it away on Trump steak and Trump wine to name just a few.

  10. Barbara says:

    This doesn’t apply to Hillary because she has no achievements to exaggerate.

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