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EarlG

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Tue Aug 15, 2023, 05:37 PM Aug 2023

It's not a political strategy. It's the predictable behavior of a narcissist. [View all]

Does any of this sound familiar? It's from an article about what happens to narcissists when they lose a presidential election, er, I mean, have their narcissistic supply taken away.

Throughout, the narcissist is beset by a pervading sense of malignant nostalgia, harking back to a past, which never existed except in the thwarted fantastic grandiosity of the narcissist. The longer the lack of Narcissistic Supply, the more the narcissist glorifies, re-writes, misses and mourns this past.

This nostalgia serves to enhance other negative feelings, amounting to clinical depression. The narcissist proceeds to develop paranoia. He concocts a prosecuting world, incorporating in it his life's events and his social milieu. This gives meaning to what is erroneously perceived by the narcissist to be a sudden shift (from over-supply to no supply).

These theories of conspiracy account for the decrease in Narcissistic Supply. The narcissist then - frightened, in pain, and in despair - embarks upon an orgy of self-destruction intended to generate "alternative Supply Sources" (attention) at any cost. The narcissist is poised to commit the ultimate narcissistic act: self-destruction in the service of self-aggrandisement.

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The narcissist believes that, no matter what he does, he will always be forgiven, always prevail and triumph, always come on top. The narcissist is, therefore, fearless in a manner perceived by others to be both admirable and insane. He attributes to himself divine and cosmic immunity - he cloaks himself in it, it renders him invisible to his enemies and to the powers of "evil". It is a childish phantasmagoria - but to the narcissist it is very real.

https://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/malignant-self-love/narcissists-reaction-to-deficient-narcissistic-supply

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"...commit the ultimate narcissistic act: self-destruction in the service of self-aggrandisement..." Wednesdays Aug 2023 #1
Problem is he could do it with our nuclear arsenal Captain Zero Aug 2023 #4
Wise person said don't worry too much about things that haven't happened or may not happen at all emulatorloo Aug 2023 #7
I think we're seeing it in slow motion EarlG Aug 2023 #6
It is a political strategy as long as a substantial number of voters respond... TygrBright Aug 2023 #16
Good points. Maybe it's some of both? EarlG Aug 2023 #17
Indeed... "L'etat... c'est moi" n/t TygrBright Aug 2023 #22
On point! sheshe2 Aug 2023 #2
Excellent post. anciano Aug 2023 #3
GREAT read! chillfactor Aug 2023 #5
Thanks! emulatorloo Aug 2023 #8
K&R Blue Owl Aug 2023 #9
K&R! Thanks so much, spot on! Rhiannon12866 Aug 2023 #10
K & R! 58Sunliner Aug 2023 #11
There's an article in The Guardian today about how European leaders are already trying to decide Lonestarblue Aug 2023 #12
That's the question for our tines. Scary as hell. Joinfortmill Aug 2023 #14
WHY is Trump allowed to run again Skittles Aug 2023 #15
He's going to get crushed in 2024. maxsolomon Aug 2023 #18
And very nuts. Joinfortmill Aug 2023 #13
If he's the nominee, how will he react to losing the popular vote a third time? ecstatic Aug 2023 #19
On target, thanks. K/R Their ego and needs are immense. appalachiablue Aug 2023 #20
It seems to me this applies to the hard-core MAGA supporter as well. Midnight Writer Aug 2023 #21
Yep, and throw in Ron DeSantis too Attilatheblond Aug 2023 #23
Kick dalton99a Aug 2023 #24
I've only made several posts about this very thing ExWhoDoesntCare Aug 2023 #25
to me the most disturbing thing about this whole era- mopinko Aug 2023 #26
"i want never again to stick this time." William769 Aug 2023 #27
Ok. 1 narcissist I can understand. But all the supporters lindysalsagal Aug 2023 #28
Trump has given our country (and the world) a lesson we didn't need in abnormal psychology dlk Aug 2023 #29
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