I can’t improve on this.
A nearly perfect clinical judgement on Tony Blair from today’s FT. It’s called Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
NPD, it’s all the rage.
1. A grandiose sense of self-importance
2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
3. A belief that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
4. A requirement for excessive admiration
5. A sense of entitlement – unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
6. Interpersonal exploitativeness – taking advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
7. A lack of empathy and an unwillingness to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others
8. Enviousness of others – along with the belief that others are envious of him or her
9. A tendency to arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes
Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV
One of the NPD’s interviewed is called Vaknin. Take it away….
“Narcissists are robotic,” Vaknin bats back. But what of the self-reproach – that, surely, belies an emotional honesty; room, perhaps, for the love of another. “It’s a calculated honesty,” Vaknin says, without missing a beat. “I am a pathological narcissist. I need attention. Everything I do is calculated.”