Posts Tagged: narcissism
The other day, a loyal reader asked your auntie to post a list of things we should leave behind in 2018. A few of you emailed me with a list of trends or fads that you want gone in 2019 -- including gossip blogs, which is not very realistic since we all gossip occasionally.
Once upon a time, celebrities kept their distance from their fans. There was a time when the only way to contact a celebrity was through their many fan clubs. Celebrity handlers rarely let stars get too familiar with their fans.
Amber Rose opened up about her tendency to date men with borderline personality disorders. The former stripper -- who is best known for dating Kanye West -- made the revealing confession in an interview with Complex magazine’s Web series “Open Late With Peter Rosenberg".
What is Narcissistic Supply?
Narcissistic Supply is "sustenance drawn by an individual from his or her environment" that is essential to their lack of self-esteem or Ego.
Kim Kardashian tried to break the Internet again by releasing new photos showing her posing boudoir-style wearing nothing but gold glitter. Whether she succeeded depends on who you talk to. The Internet reaction to the photos were mixed from disgust to desire.
A recent polling of 3,700 college students ranked Instagram.com the "most narcissistic" social media app of their generation.
A large majority of students polled (64%) ranked the photo sharing app more narcissistic than Facebook (10%), Snapchat (15%) and Twitter.com (11%) combined.
The following is a repost of my Medical Minute on raising narcissistic children, originally published on April 21, 2013.
The values we instill in our children while they're young will shape the adults he or she will become.
Photos in this post are shown for illustrative purposes only.
Kalyn Chapman James, the 1st black Miss Alabama, was suspended from a Miami TV station after she recorded a video praising cop killer, Micah X. Johnson.
Johnson, a 25-year-old army reservist, shot 12 Dallas police officers, killing 5, during a peaceful protest on July 7.
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently spent $3 million on a new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.
According to an article on the Business Standard website, people with extremely high levels of narcissism routinely spend money on uniquely customized products.
If you have an active social life offline, chances are you've crossed paths with quite a few narcissists. Most narcissists are the type of people you want to count among your friends. Narcissists are usually very attractive, social climbers (think CEO's, celebrities, presidents); they are charming to a fault, well-dressed and intelligent.
It took 10 years, but it finally happened: millions of Beyonce fans woke up to see Beyonce for the self-centered narcissist that she is.
The death knell has sounded for narcissist Brian Williams, the former NBC anchor whose grandiose lies may cost him his anchor job.
Sources tell the NY Post's Page Six that NBC's rather lengthy investigation into Williams' lies about his experience during the Iraq war is nearing completion.
Are you in bed with a narcissist? No? Are you sure?
So many women have fallen victim to the heartless, soulless human beings known as narcissists that there is an entire industry of self-help books devoted to warning women (and men) about them.
Rapper Wale is speaking out about his battle with depression. While some of us get the blues on rainy days and Mondays, others suffer with a debilitating, prolonged feeling of utter sadness that affects their activities of daily living and changes their outlook on life.
A 17-year-old high school student who spun a wild tale about earning $72 million trading penny stocks during lunch breaks at school now admits he made the whole story up.
It is a widely held belief that Cajun singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter, 33, hired a surrogate to deliver her and rapper Jay Z's adorable daughter, Blue Ivy, 2.
Another surrogate mother was commissioned to carry a baby girl for former 'The View' host Sherri Shepherd, 47, and her now-estranged husband Lamar Sally. It can be argued that both narcissistic women hired surrogates for entirely selfish reasons. Beyonce because she wanted a carbon copy of herself, and Sherri because she wanted an infant to complete the perfect image of matrimony.
The Huffington Post published an excellent editorial today entitled How to Tell if You're Dating a Narcissist. Narcissists are my favorite subjects because the entertainment industry is crowded with them. Just about every celebrity is a narcissist in one form or another.
One of the world's most well-known narcissists is U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama and his long-suffering wife, Michelle, regularly take separate vacations. But most telling is the fact that the first couple did not spend Valentine's Day (the most romantic day of the year) together.
Rihanna is like most bored rich brats who brag endlessly about their expensive trinkets on social networking websites because they lack self esteem. In a 24-hour period, Rihanna posted multiple photos of pricey freebies she received from sponsors. When one follower had enough of Rihanna's boasting, the singer responded like the indignant juvenile that she is.
Once again, Obama takes the opportunity to make a momentous occasion all about him. Maybe the President of the United States didn't have any photos of himself with Nelson Mandela?
Like most narcissists, singer Beyonce knows how to get our attention. The "Grown Woman" singer published a new photo of her daughter Blue Ivy wearing a crown on her head. The crown, which is custom made to fit the child's head, is a symbol of Beyonce's overinflated sense of superiority projected onto her innocent daughter. Beyonce, whose parents treated her like a gilded object to be put on display, is doing the same to her daughter. There is no doubt that Blue Ivy will grow up to be a narcissist like her mother and father; but by the time she's grown, society at large will be 90% narcissistic. So it may not be such a bad thing.
Photos: Beyonce's Tumblr
We have all done this: we are shown a photo of a friend's child, and our initial response is based on the child's looks ("She's so cute! I can see where she gets her beauty from!")
We tend to especially favor children who are light skinned with long hair. Any culture that is obsessed with beauty and image breeds narcissism. As a result, most narcissists tend to be very good looking.
Narcissism in adults is a personality disorder that stems from abnormal self-developmental in childhood.
Studies show that the sharp rise in narcissists in today's society is directly linked to the explosion in social media. Instagram is a narcissist's playground where the self-obsessed upload their photos to encourage 'likes'. And there are pages on Facebook devoted to ranking a girl's beauty from 1-10.
In a blog on Huffingtonpost.com, sports psychology consultant Nicole Forester referred to social media as an "Epidemic of narcissism".
"We are each hard-wired with the desire to feel relevant. Everyone wants to feel like they matter and are important. Social media provides this outlet, but also promotes being self-absorbed," she writes.
Here is another post in my ongoing series on narcissism. For you men who are healthy and would never fall into a female narcissist's trap, another post will be up shortly.
When the female narcissist targets you, she moves with great speed. The first time you meet her she seems to appear out of nowhere. But in fact, she has been watching you for a minute and sizing you up for the kill.
She has figured out your vulnerabilities and she will use them to get what she wants: fame (if you're a celebrity), power, or wealth.
The female Narcissist is attractive, intelligent, very charming and highly confident that she can take everything you own. These women lack what healthy women possess naturally; a conscience, character, empathy for others, etc.
Cutting is quite common among young adolescents, but the phenomenon is increasing among adults as well.
Cutting is defined as the most common form of self-injury. Cutters injure themselves with sharp or blunt instruments in order to feel physical pain which masks the internal, emotional pain they are feeling inside.
Most cutters are young females and teenage boys who suffer from depression or social anxiety. The cuts are usually superficial, just deep enough to draw blood, on areas such as the face, arms, chest, or abdomen.
Our culture's current obsession with tattoos is also seen as a form of self-injury among the young. An example of a troubled celebrity who practices self-injury -- disguised as self-expression -- is singer Rihanna, who recently carved a crude cross into her neck (see photo above).
Narcissists think very highly of themselves, but President Barack Obama is not your average run-of-the-mill narcissist. Speaking at a fundraiser in NYC today, President Obama extolled his own virtues (since no one else will do it). He praised himself for doing more for his country than any other president in the past decade.
Stopping just short of comparing himself to Jesus (as John Lennon once famously did), Obama likened his humanitarian efforts to those of Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.
"The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard," said President Obama, explaining what happened to that change he promised Americans.
"Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual," Obama said.
That's funny. That's exactly what I said: that a single individual -- namely, Barack Obama, couldn't do all the things he was promising that he would do if he was elected. But you voted him into office anyway.
"What it takes is ordinary citizens who keep believe, who are committed to fighting and pushing and inching this country closer and closer to our highest ideals. And I said in 2008, 'that I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president.' But I promised you, but I promised you, I promised you back then that I would always tell you what I believe. I would always tell you where I stood," he also said at a fundraiser in NYC.
Click here to watch the video of Obama speaking.