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A Nation of Narcissists

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

Is American exceptionalism just a euphemism for nationalized narcissism? Are narcissists to blame for the cataclysm on Wall Street? Stephen Colbert takes a read on the national zeitgeist and brings in Slate columnist Emily Yoffe to declare that certain public figures might suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. Let the armchair diagnosing commence!

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By Volma, April 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

Anty J Boot!! Here Here, I couldn’t agree with you more, what you say is true and to the point…We can make a change in the awful truth of our brainwashed egocentric, ethnocentric country through positive active participation….O

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By Anty J. Boot, April 4, 2009 at 12:01 am Link to this comment
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It seems to me that we, as a society, are infused with narcissism on purpose. If you’d travel around the world, you would realize that other populations have different society models that are if not better, then equally as good as the U.S. as far as quality of life.
The purpose of this national narcissism is to keep the population in the rat race, competing with each other and driving up consumerism, to the benefit of large corporations.
Look at the Misery Index please - Thailand is at the top, not because it is a wealthy country, but because of tolerance, cooperation and respect among individuals. I know of it first hand, through personal experience.

The problem with the U.S. is that the rule of law has been kidnapped by corporations, which buy political influence and usurp the basic decency of all human beings.
Can you imagine a country with minimal tax (income, no property tax), public health, minimal police force, free public schools? I can.

Let’s start by decriminalizing life and stop building prisons. Let’s give less money to the police. Let’s be more tolerant of one another.
You think this is a pipe dream? I say not. Serve your jury duty and free those hauled in for victimless crimes - no victim, no crime.
Run for public office at local level.
Get rid of your TV - it is a propaganda box and a driver for consumerism. You’ll have more time for your family and your electric bill will be less, too.

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By Volma, April 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

No matter what the social reality to each of us is, and believe me, it’s dire to me too, and I have felt overwhelmed about the uncertainty, and where this is really going to the point of deciding where my bottom line is, and my ultimate exit strategy will be if needed…The Colbert report, is a way to laugh at it all, to not take anything too seriously, especially yourself…Dwelling in the negative reality only makes your own reality worse…deal with what you can, leave the rest, laugh, and love while you can….Life is fragile, and we are only really here for a short time, love is the real reason we are here, not money…Your love and caring will live on, your material possessions, will not…that’s the way it is, what we truely share is our humanness, we are born, we live and we die, and how we do it is up to us…Lighten UP a little for everyone!

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By Jackie9, April 2, 2009 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

Funny, yes. But frustrating for people who have had to recover from interaction from real NPD. Someone can be narcissistic, but not have Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Everyone is narcissistic to a certain degree, but then the spectrum widens to include destructive narcissism and malignant. And you don’t have to be good looking to qualify for NPD. You do, however, have to lack any empathy for others. Someone wrote in a book that narcissism is a failure of empathy and sociopathy is a failure of conscience.

NPD is currently being discussed a lot, but it is still highly misunderstood. It makes people who have real experience with the nightmare of finding out they are in a relationship with an NPD want to scream! Or who have parents and siblings with it. Again, being incredibly selfish and vain is NOT necessarily NPD.

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By Thomas Mc, April 1, 2009 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

They should rename it “Republican Personality Disorder.”

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By Purple Girl, April 1, 2009 at 7:45 am Link to this comment

The Tax Cut mantra is Proof of narcissism.
Not only does it cut funding for those who are most at risk and need of assistance (F*ck ‘em attitude), it assures our children will have to carry the burden of higher taxes.
Tax cuts have a direct adverse effect on Deficit reduction. It also assure that funding for repair or improving infrastructure will not occur.
Tax cuts also effect the Federal and state revenues to fund education- thus also screwing them on getting a good education or attaining a degree from Higher education.
The Only things Tax cuts does is line the Current tax payers pockets. Only affording most the opprtunity to buy name brands as opposed to generic.
McCain calls investing in the Stim package ‘Generational Theft’ when in fact it has been the Repugs Tax cut mantra which has already succeeded in that, not to mention their Deregualtion efforts. Average Americans make investment decisions everyday- Braces for Suzie so she has not just a better smile but less dental problems in the Future; forgo that Tropical vacation every year to pay college Tuition; strap ourselve with a mortgage to assure our children go to school in a better rated district.
So Americans overwhelming willingness to take on these Down payments of the Stim package is the Proof of our willingness to spend to secure a better future for our kids. Because if we don not spend now, and prime the economic pump (once again like our Grandparents did for US) there will be no economy to provide a better life for them.
As a 45 yr old (decades younger than people like McCain with one foot in the bucket) I know I will be having a two for the price of one party- My Retirmetn party will coincide with my Wake- So be it, as long as my 25 yr old has something to show for the investment We have made in her generation.
Besides when our income has stagnated or we’ve lost our jobs and homes- we’ve already gotten a tax cut, our tax bracket has plummeted anyway.Heckova Job Repugs!!

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By Wilberforce, March 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment
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The financial industry was destroyed by liars and theives. They jacked up interest rates on poor people, deliberately made bad loans, and stole trillions through bailouts and sleazy deals.
Now their spokes puppets in commercial media have invented a new distraction. They say it’s all about nacissism and want us to think the robber barons just spent too much time in front of the mirror. Please.

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