At last, we have a diagnosis!

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.”


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