Thursday, March 17, 2005

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is the definitive manual for diagnosing Mental and Emotional Disorders. Section 301.81 of the manual describes a condition known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Can anyone else think of someone at JFJ who fits this description?

Diagnostic criteria for 301.81 Narcissistic Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as 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


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a few of the especially long time leaders of Jews for Jesus

Anonymous said...

The individual that comes to mind was both narcissistic and a bit paranoid in the popular sense. How many of us remember a certain high level JFJ leader who consistently saw every powerful person who left as a potential enemy, who attributed all negative press that JFJ receives to conspiracies among the disaffected, and who called others "dummies" for not agreeing with his conspiratorial scenarios? And how many remember this person using whatever dirty tricks he could to defame and neutralize these "enemies"? I am reminded of Nixon and Watergate in this regard. It is all so sad. . .but true. And sadder still is that this narcissism and parnoia is replicated in the machinery and leadership of the organization, athough opinions differ as to how widespread the pathology is.

Anonymous said...

I think the paranoia is also a defense mechanism.

Rather than saying, "Wow, 200 former staff have a problem with us. Maybe we've done something wrong."

You hear, "Such and such is organizing an attack against us." Not our fault.

It is never a consequence of our own behavior. It is our "enemies".

Anonymous said...

"The Founder", in his psychopathy, created a corporate personality disorder.