Narcissistic and Psychopathic Politicians and Leaders

(Sam Vaknin) The narcissistic or psychopathic leader is the culmination and reification of his period, culture, and civilization. He is likely to rise to prominence in narcissistic societies.

The leader’s mental health pathologies resonate with the anomalies of his society and culture (“psychopathological resonance”.) The leader and the led form a self-enhancing and self-reinforcing feedback loop, a dyad of mirrored adoration and reflected love. By elevating and idealizing their “fuehrer”, the mob actually elevates and idealizes itself; in his ascendance they find hope, in his manifest illness — curative solace and a legitimation of their own collective insanity.

From Sam Vaknin’s Book: Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited

SNN Also Recommends:

Narcissistic and Psychopathic Leaders (2016 edition)

Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations

Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes)

In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

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