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Gambling, Gaming and Extreme Behavior

A Long Self Life

Egomania is an obsessive preoccupation with one's self and applies to someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses, is possessed by delusions of personal greatness, and feels a lack of appreciation. But what does the psychological literature say on the topic? Read More


I feel that this article was informative and made many valid points about ego-mania; But is it fair to lump a certain group of people all into one category by assuming that "if" they possess a certain title then surely it must mean that they have ego-mania?
To be more specific, you assigned the label of ego-mania on politicians. In most cases, I am inclined to agree and I don't think it takes looking very far to see this. But there have been past political figures who don't fit the description here and it pains me to think of a few who have not only not earned this title, but by way of virtue have earned the respect and admiration of the American people. The assumption is made that if someone gains admiration and attention that it must be related to an inflated ego.

To that I say, please read the writings of Ronald Reagan plus the writings of his wife and others who knew him. While he was one of the most well-loved politicians in our history, he never set out with the goal of becoming president until he was urged by many people and even then he never saw it as being an elite position; he was a humble man, seeking the good of others and his decisions and all that he stood for was rooted in these qualities.
It is simply not fair to assign him such a reputation with all that he did for others and for this country. He deserves to be remembered for the person that he was, not to be remembered for being something he never was that is surmised simply because he was in the position that he was.
I feel very strongly that, for assuming that the title "ego-maniac' belongs to Ronald Reagan, an apology is in order to both family and others whose lives were profoundly affected by the man he was.

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Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University (UK).


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