Nobody But Me

Lying here beside myself with joy
I am too much for my mirror…
…I fell in love as a boy
Opened my eyes and saw my shadow…


I saw this article today, entitled How Does A Narcissist Think? and it got me to thinking. How does a narcissist think and do I know any? Let’s see, how exactly would one go about identifying a narcissist? Well, here are a few traits typically found in the personality disorder that is narcissism:

  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 arrogance, haughty behaviors, or attitudes.

Hmm. Does that sound like anyone you know? These traits certainly remind me of someone. I don’t know him but I hear he has a mean handshake.