Monday, October 03, 2005

I Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder

I Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder
My wife often asks, "What's wrong with you?" Now we know.

Thanks to David Hornik, I can safely be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), or as Hornik calls it, "VCitis."

Narcissistic Personality Disorder is "indicated by five (or more) of the following:"
  1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g. exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
  2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
  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).
  4. Requires excessive admiration.
  5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
  6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
  7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
Hmmm, now that I'm officially mentally ill, I wonder if I qualify for protection under the ADA act?


Ben Casnocha said...

we've obviously talked about this and i've blogged about htis a fair amount.....At first I was with you, but now, after talking to psycholgists and others, NPD's are *unbearable* to be around since they feel they're so god damned important. I, like you, am a narcissitc jackass, but I'm not unbearable to be around. I'm not mentally ill!

Chris said...

Of course this is a bit tongue-in-cheek. After all, surely not everyone finds me unbearable...or at least they're doing a good job of concealing their repugnance.

Nonetheless, I think it's interesting that many of the characteristics of NPD are reflected in the culture of Silicon Valley. Such tendencies are both a curse and a blessing.