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And the White House rejoices...

... though there's no truth to the rumor that Obama had planned a Narcissist Pride parade to celebrate:

Narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance and the need for constant attention, has been eliminated from the upcoming manual of mental disorders, which psychiatrists use to diagnose mental illness.

As Charles Zanor reports in today's Science Times, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- due out in 2013 and known as D.S.M.-5 -- has eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition. The best known of these is narcissistic personality disorder.

The New York Times details what the requirements for N.P.D. are:

The central requirement for N.P.D. is a special kind of self-absorption: a grandiose sense of self, a serious miscalculation of one's abilities and potential that is often accompanied by fantasies of greatness. It is the difference between two high school baseball players of moderate ability: one is absolutely convinced he'll be a major-league player, the other is hoping for a college scholarship.

Of course, it would be premature to call the major-league hopeful a narcissist at such an early age, but imagine that same kind of unstoppable, unrealistic attitude 10 or 20 years later.

The second requirement for N.P.D.: since the narcissist is so convinced of his high station (most are men), he automatically expects that others will recognize his superior qualities and will tell him so. This is often referred to as "mirroring." It's not enough that he knows he's great. Others must confirm it as well, and they must do so in the spirit of "vote early, and vote often."

Finally, the narcissist, who longs for the approval and admiration of others, is often clueless about how things look from someone else's perspective. Narcissists are very sensitive to being overlooked or slighted in the smallest fashion, but they often fail to recognize when they are doing it to others.

Not covered by the piece is the tendency by those exhibiting N.P.D. symptoms to repeatedly bow to third world dictators and thugs, to bend over backwards in accomodating adherents to the Religion of Peace, to spend 30 years sitting in the pews of bigoted and extremist pastors and to expend many hours playing golf and/or basketball while promising to not rest until their commitments to the people of the United States of America are fulfilled.


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"has been eliminated from t... (Below threshold)

"has been eliminated from the upcoming manual of mental disorders"

Ya, ya ... and the sun doesn't rise in the East either.

So you're telling me that they think that by saying it doesn't exist we're going to believe it when we can so plainly see it exhibited by the (P)resident?

Truly an extraordinary coin... (Below threshold)

Truly an extraordinary coincidence.

Well, that was 'special'...... (Below threshold)

Well, that was 'special'... Moveable type popped an error message about cgi/bin not being found.
You might want to kill off the 2nd post and eyeball your error logs if it keeps them.

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Now that's just unkind, Rick.

Accurate, appropriate, but unkind.

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Tsar Nicholas II:

The real question is at what point will leftism itself be added to the DSM as a recognized disorder.

"...eliminated five of the ... (Below threshold)

"...eliminated five of the 10 personality disorders that are listed in the current edition."

What's the matter? 10 too many for them to remember?

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What they've done, accordin... (Below threshold)

What they've done, according to the DSM-5 Revisions website, is lumped together the ones that fit a single model with variations, and kept the rest separate as extremes. NPD will still be recognized as a narcissistic version of personality disorder.

There ARE no personality di... (Below threshold)

There ARE no personality disorders: it's just DIVERSITY! I thought we were supposed to CELEBRATE diversity -- not label it, medicate it, and talk people out of it!!






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