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    Saturday, September 04, 2004

    Character Issues: This is revealing:

    On a recent afternoon, Kerry was in his Russell Building office, sitting on a wing chair with his legs crossed next to a fireplace. The office is decorated with a watercolor painted by Ted Kennedy and framed $5 and $1 bills that Eugene McCarthy contributed to his first campaign. Kerry's computer screen is filled with a smiling photo of ... John Kerry.

    Is John Kerry a narcissist? Let's see:

    1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements) (See the Swiftvets charges, the Cambodia story, and his general defensiveness re: war hero status.)

    2.Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. (See I've spent 20 years negotiating, working, fighting for different kinds of treaties and different relationships around the world. I know that as president there's huge leverage that will be available to me, enormous cards to play, and foreign leader endorsements.)

    3. Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions) ( See He would shake your hand and look over your shoulder to see who's more interesting, and loner status.)

    4. Requires excessive admiration (See I simply will not have it.)

    5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations (See Do you know who I am? )

    6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends (See wives, own and POW's)

    7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others (See Sampan incident.)

    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her. No examples come to mind.

    9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes SSpeaks for itself.

    You only need five of those to qualify for a personality disorder. Kerry's a winner! (And this handwriting analysis agrees, for what it's worth.)

    Playing spot-the-personality-disorder is an admittedly easy game to play with people one dislikes, but Kerry's public persona comes too close for comfort to those diagnosis categories. That's rather worrisome, since the fatal flaw of the narcissist is the inability to admit when he's wrong.


    posted by Sydney on 9/04/2004 08:57:00 PM 0 comments


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