Narcissism

The Narcissistic Ex Part IV

He may not be a narcissist, but he’s still an A-hole.

Posted Mar 12, 2012

He may not be a narcissist, but he's still an a-hole.

No matter how evolved you may be, everyone can learn from this story.
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When I was a young doctor, one of my supervisors expressed his contempt for the free use of the term—narcissism—among his colleagues and friends. You see, it's just too easy to call someone that you don't like, a narcissist.

My supervisor heard such statements regularly, it irritated him and he told me that this behavior is regressive big time. It's regressive because it creates the illusion of control—that you are better and more competent than the other guy (or gal), instead of the fact that you're just mad.

His answer?

When you can't stand someone, don't call him a Narcissist; call him an a-hole.


It's less superior, less regressive and better describes what you are experiencing.

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© Mark R Banschick, MD

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