vanity self-love self-absorption conceit self-regard egotism ring a bell with anyone else we know?
To be at the top of your game, in whatever field that might be, takes an enormous amount of self-confidence and belief in your abilities. But when does this self-confidence spill over into narcissism and how does this all-consuming condition affect the person afflicted by it?
Alexander the Great (I wonder if that was "self" titled)
Alexander the Great assembled a massive army in essence – to realize his own personal ambitions exhibited all the characteristics of a raging narcissist. He believed “you were with him or against him”. Many faithful soldiers embarked on endless battles, solely for his own glory and personal conquests. Apparently he showed no emotion at the bloodshed of his generals or soldiers believing they were pawns in his grandiose ideas and visions.
He was not known for empathy and was overly concerned with his appearance while considered charismatic and handsome. He was famed of course for having six wives (two he beheaded) in a vain quest to have a son and heir to the thrown both for political reasons and to appease his vanity.
We’ve all heard the term, “Napoleon Complex” derived from Bonaparte’s behaviour. He was overly aggressive making up for feelings of inferiority and personal low self-esteem. Considered a tyrant by everyone that knew him, he had grandiose thoughts believing himself special.
Adolph Hitler One of the cruelest leaders of the 20th century, he was responsible for millions of deaths of innocent people because he believed all other white Germans were superior to everyone else.
Madonna admittedly craves being the center of attention – her outrageous state outfits a clue? to her narcissistic tendencies? that keep her in the spotlight.
Once loved by teens around the world, her “shock value” as she calls it sees no limits. You are more likely to witness her semi-clothed, gyrating in some lewd video to her latest single going so far as to allow fans to touch her genitals while performing. Just yeck!