Friday, June 10, 2005

Is the President Too Stubborn?

AOL's Welcome Screen often asks a provocative question and polls the answers from AOL users. Yesterday, the Welcome Screen asked: Is the President Too Stubborn? The majority of responders said Yes. But the question is beside the point. It makes it sound as though this symptom of George W. Bush's mental disorder is a quirk, a tic, a benign personality trait. And George W. Bush's inflexible obstinacy is anything but benign. The President cannot be moved from any position he chooses to take because he's a Narcissist and Narcissists cannot ever admit they are wrong. Let me repeat the nine signs of a Narcissist: 1. Feels grandiose and self-important, exaggerates achievements and talents to the point of lying, demands to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements. 2. Is obsessed with fantasies of unlimited success, fame, fearsome power or omnipotence, unequaled brilliance, bodily beauty or sexual performance. 3. Firmly convinced that he or she is unique, that he or she can only be understood by, treated by, or should only associate with other special, unique, or high-status people. 4 Requires excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation or, failing that, wishes to be feared and to be notorious. 5. Feels entitled, expects unreasonable or special and favorable priority treatment, demands automatic and full compliance with his or her expectations. 6. Uses others to achieve his or her own ends. 7. Devoid of empathy. Is unable or unwilling to identify with or acknowledge the feelings and needs of others. 8. Constantly envious of others or believes that they feel the same about him or her. 9. Arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes coupled with rage when frustrated, contradicted, or confronted. The Narcissist is not in love with himself, he is in love with his reflection. A Narcissist's image is the important thing. The image of himself that is reflected back to him is the only “self” that matters. There is no real self other than the reflection. Narcissists rarely seek psychiatric treatment. The Narcissist will never and can never admit he is wrong. We don't have a President who has a few annoying mannerisms. We have a President who has a full-blown personality disorder. George W. Bush is not "resolute". He is not "committed to a course of action". He is not "firmly persuaded". Our President is unmovable because he is mentally deranged.

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