Posts Tagged: Narcissism

Your Personality Disorder Is A Lot Less Cool Than You Think It Is

Hey, guess what, you're not an introvert, you're just a self-obsessed jerk. I mean, I personally am still an introvert, but I'm a little more sensitive to the crushing intensities of life than most of us, including you, are.


Why Are Narcissitic, Machiavellian Psychopaths So Attractive?

"Next Holtzman and Strube assessed the students’ personalities and their tendencies towards narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism. They asked the students to rate themselves and to provide email addresses for a few of their friends so that the researchers could ask them to provide ratings as well. This combination of self and peer ratings was used to calculate a final set personality scores for each student. Furthermore, the students’ ratings on narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism were combined into create a composite 'dark triad' score. The dark triad score was positively correlated with their 'dressed-up' attractiveness – a finding that mirrors previous findings. However, the dark triad score was not related [...]


James F. Masterson, 1926-2010

"Dr. Masterson became so well known as an expert on narcissism that he sometimes attracted patients for whom only a high-profile therapist would do – in other words, narcissists. In the 1980s, after The New York Times cited him as an authority on the disorder, he received a dozen calls from people wanting treatment." -James Francis Masterson, a psychiatrist whose theories about the importance of early maternal attachment in behavioral development helped change the way personality disorders are treated, died last week at the age of 84. You have no idea how profoundly this passing affects me, Alex Balk.


Kanye West, Hunger Artist

Kanye West has spent the weeks leading up to the release of "Yeezus" demanding the world consider and respond to his new material and also insisting he doesn't care what any of us thinks of it. We might be surprised by this seemingly paradoxical position, if it wasn't such a familiar stance.

One notable antecedent for this conflict is Franz Kafka, for whom the relationship between artist and audience was a particularly knotty issue—and who memorably explored the relationship in his short story "Ein Hungerkünstler" ("A Hunger Artist"). Although Kafka stipulated that almost his entire body of work be destroyed upon his death, this short story was one of [...]


How Men Use the Phrase "From the Sidelines"

You know what no one says on his death bed? "If only I could have snarked more from the sidelines."

— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) June 6, 2012

"From the sidelines" is a sports term. "Cheering from the sidelines" can be a nice phrase. It means "I am rooting you on while watching you play." If we are not clothed in rags and eating from dumpsters on Sunday, we will be cheering on New York Marathon runners from the "sidelines," perhaps as they hop downed power lines along the shore after they cross the Verrazano.

But sometimes the "game" in question is a metaphor. And if you [...]


Narcissist Knows Research Is All About Him

Admit it, you like me. You like me a lot. What is it about me that you like? Oh, pretty much everything: my oversize self-confidence, my relentless charm, the way I get so worked up and passionate about things-even my deep despair, and my belief that no one hurts, no one really feels sorrow, the way I do. You can't help it, you're drawn to me. And that's fine, because I am pretty fascinating. Unfortunately, new research shows that eventually you'll tire of me. Just like all the others, your initial adoration will give way to exhaustion and disdain for the way everything I do is somehow centered around [...]


If You Sign Your Name Big You're A Bad Person

"[P]rofessors used the size of a CEO’s signature on annual SEC filings to measure CEO narcissism. They found that a large signature was correlated with company over-investment and subsequently lower forecast revenue and sales growth."


The Beautiful Outfit Is Empty

The contention that the women of Sex and The City 2 are considered too old to be sexually appealing is partly correct. Youth and sex appeal are inextricably linked, no doubt, and the sad phenomenon of mutton dressed as lamb (or L.A.M.B., I guess,) which certainly applies here, appears as the subject of mockery in every culture I can think of. But that isn't the whole story. The real problem isn't that the women of SATC2 are mature; it's that they are not.