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Can Narcissism Be Good For You?

Fact: Narcissistic personality disorder is commoner in executives than in convicted criminals. Read More

A Half-Baked Example...

Re: "When a superior intellect and a psychopathic temperament coalesce ... in the same individual, we have the best possible condition for the kind of effective genius that gets into the biographical dictionaries."

That's funny. The American Oval Office attracts mediocre intellects who think they are superior (that being intrinsic in a narcissist) and they have the necessary psychopathic temperaments which which to coalesce.

Unfortunately the combination of arrogance, hubris and conceit leads to a kind of effective idiocy, which results in systemic political and economic wreckage that costs them nothing. (While with perverse irony, the Narcissist-in-Chief and his crony associates get rich off of their stupidity.)

It's good to be them...

Remember Casey Anthony?

Suspected childkiller Casey Anthony is thought to be
a milinate narcissist. Could you tell me how that differs
from an ordinary narcissist?

I think here the article

I think here the article implies the other side of Narcissist who many are familiar with as a type of disorder of personality who can also be highly successful in the professional arena. The article doesn't say all successful people are with this personality, just a part of society. So, let's not ask how and why this happen, I believe part of human existence as a whole in society can be many kinds of us with different attitudes and aspirations, which we still should respect and have compassions for. I think this is a very good article as in for us to reflect the dynamic of social interactions, and the 'importance' of being successful in other areas of our lives, not just professionally.

"This suggests that people

"This suggests that people commonly benefit from strongly ingrained and potentially maladaptive personality traits."

Not really. First off, being a high-level executive isn't common, so it's possible that the largest portion of people with "potentially maladaptive personality traits" like NPD don't end up with any amazing financial or professional benefit. Secondly, this presupposes that being a high-level professional is a benefit--and while it's certainly better than being incarcerated, it may not make a person happier than, say, owning and running their own small business, being a successful parent, or volunteering at the local animal shelter.

Of course, high-level executives certainly are VIEWED as having more successful lives than the rest of us. Which is consistent with how an NDP person would want to be perceived. But whether they're miserable on the inside or not, I couldn't tell you.

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Neel Burton, M.D., is a psychiatrist, philosopher, and writer who lives and teaches in Oxford, England.

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