Why So Serious?

Why So Curious, George?
When Two Selves Come Into Conflict

Could it simply be that Obama is decompensating and his inner self is finally being seen? That would explain the bitterness inherent in the boy’s immediate dive into negative politics and attack in the 2012 elections.

It could instead be a well-though-out out and quasi-Machiavellian example of realpolitik instead though. Obama won in 2008 due to a shift in the demographics of the American electorate. He won on the strength of the turnout of young people and Blacks – and multiple polls suggest that those two demographics are not enthusiastic this time around.

Frankly, once installed in office, Obama utterly failed to continue to be inspirational to those groups who put him in office in the first place. As he can’t run on the strength of his record, trying to inspire key demographics to vote against Romney instead of for himself might be his best strategy to keep his job.

It’s not likely to be a winning strategy though, if that’s Obama’s, his handlers’, and proxies’ actual thought. It didn’t work for Kerry and it likely won’t work this time either.

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Sound Familiar?

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves. It is characterized by a two-leveled personality organization. The grandiose self exists on the superficial and manifest level, and the real self which is frustrated, emotionally deprived, and full of impotent rage exists on the deeper level.

Someone suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder can be expected to so many, if not all, of the 10 following symptoms:

  1. Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  2. Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
  3. Has excessive feelings of self-importance
  4. Exaggerates achievements and talents while belittling those of others
  5. Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  6. Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  7. Needs constant attention and admiration
  8. Disregards the feelings of others, and has little ability to feel empathy
  9. Has obsessive self-interest
  10. Pursues mainly selfish goals

In the of sufferers of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, their grandiose self dominates their inner world and is the primary shaper of the clinical picture. From the clinical point of view, narcissistic way of life is characterized by stereotyped cycles: periods of successful narcissistic activity, or narcissistic well-compensation, alternating with periods in which the narcissistic person fails to maintain their experience of grandiosity, i.e., narcissistic failure or decompensation.

Narcissistic Decompensation is the removal of the ego defenses propping up and sustaining the sufferer’s inflated self-esteem that was unable to “compensate” for a real or percieved injury of some kind. More simply put, decompensation occurs when the narcissists grandiosity is not validated by reality; their self image is impossible to sustain causing their real self to supplant their grandiose self. This normally results in the sufferer spirally downward into pessimism, frustration, and bitterness expressed as either withdrawal and passivity or some form of aggression, either at others or their selves.

Does any of this sound familiar?

President Obama - Narcissism and Self Adoration are his watchwords
Narcissistic Failure Anyone?

If you’re tuned into the American political landscape and have a reasonably unclouded mind, I’m guessing that it does…

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