Monday, July 11, 2011

Sam Vaknin Ph.D, Israeli Psychologist on Obama

Received this email today. Some time ago I posted an article about Obama's narcissistic tendencies. Thought you might be interested in this person's view.

Dr. Vaknin is an interesting person who he, himself, was diagnosed with NPD, Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Since then he has become somewhat well known as an expert on the subject of narcissism. See his Wikipedia page here.

If you go with the theory that it takes one to know one, then this article is for you.

Dr. Sam Vaknin is an Israeli psychologist. Interesting view on our president.

Dr. Vaknin has written extensively about narcissism.

Dr. Vaknin States "I must confess I was impressed by Obama from the first time I
saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful,am
spoke well, appeared to be confident -- a wholesome presidential package. I was
put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an
air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling.. His posture and
body language were louder than his empty words. Obama's speeches are unlike any
political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this
land had such quasi "religious" impact on so many people.

The fact that Obama is a total incognito with Zero accomplishment, makes this cutout fit
inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a
genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most important subjects."

Dr. Sam Vaknin, the author of the Malignant Self Love believes "Barack Obama
appears to be a narcissist." Vaknin is a world authority on narcissism. He
understands narcissism and describes the inner mind of a narcissist like no
other person. When he talks about narcissism everyone listens. Vaknin says that
Obama's language, posture and demeanor, and the testimonies of his closest,
dearest friends suggest that the man is either a narcissist or he may have
narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

Narcissists project a grandiose but false image of themselves. Jim Jones, the
charismatic leader of People's Temple, the man who led over 900 of his followers
to cheerfully commit mass suicide and even murder their own children was also a
narcissist. David Koresh, Charles Manson, Joseph Koni, Shoko Asahara, Stalin,
Saddam, Mao, Kim Jong Ill and Adolph Hitler are a few examples of narcissists
of our time. All these men had a tremendous influence over their fanciers. They
created a personality cult around themselves and with their blazing speeches
elevated their admirers, filled their hearts with enthusiasm and instilled in
their minds a new zest for life. They gave them hope! They promised them the
moon, but alas, invariably they brought them to their doom.

When you are a victim of a cult of personality, you don't know it until it is
too late. One determining factor in the development of NPD is childhood abuse
"Obama's early life was decidedly chaotic and replete with traumatic and
mentally bruising dislocations,"says Vaknin. "Mixed-race marriages were even
less common then. His parents went through a divorce when he was an infant two
years old. Obama saw his father only once again, before he died in a car
accident. Then his mother re-married and Obama had to relocate to Indonesia ,
a foreign land with a radically foreign culture, to be raised by a step-father.
At the age of ten, he was whisked off to live with his maternal (white)
grandparents. He saw his mother only intermittently in the following few years
and then she vanished from his life in 1979. "She died of cancer in 1995."

One must never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological
narcissists. They project such an imposing personality that it overwhelms those
around them Charmed by the charisma of the narcissist, people become like clay
in his hands. They cheerfully do his bidding and delight to be at his service.
The narcissist shapes the world around himself and reduces others in his own
inverted image. He creates a cult of personality. His admirers become his
co-dependents. Narcissists have no interest in things that do not help them to
reach their personal objective. They are focused on one thing alone and that is
power. All other issues are meaningless to them and they do not want to waste
their precious time on trivialities. Anything that does not help them is
beneath them and does not deserve their attention.

If an issue raised in the Senate does not help Obama in one way or another, he
has no interest in it. The "present" vote is a safe vote. No one can criticize
him if things go wrong. Those issues are unworthy by their very nature because
they are not about him.

Obama's election as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review led to a
contract and advance to write a book about race relations. The University
of Chicago Law School provided him a lot longer than expected and at the end it
evolved into, guess what? His own autobiography! Instead of writing a scholarly
paper focusing on race relations, for which he had been paid, Obama could not
resist writing about his most sublime self. He entitled the book Dreams from My

Not surprisingly, Adolph Hitler also wrote his own autobiography when he was
still a nobody. So did Stalin. For a narcissist no subject is as important as
his own self Why would he waste his precious time and genius writing about
insignificant things when he can write about such an august being as himself?

Narcissists are often callous and even ruthless. As the norm, they lack
conscience. This is evident from Obama's lack of interest in his own brother
who lives on only one dollar per month.. A man who lives in luxury, who takes a
private jet to vacation in Hawaii, and who raised nearly half a billion dollars
for his campaign (something unprecedented in history) has no interest in the
plight of his own brother. Why? Because, his brother cannot be used for his
ascent to power A narcissist cares for no one but himself.

This election was like no other in the history of America . The issues were
insignificant compared to what is at stake What can be more dangerous than
having a man bereft of conscience, a serial liar, and one who cannot distinguish
his fantasies from reality as the leader of the free world?

I hate to sound alarmist, but one is a fool if one is not alarmed. Many
politicians are narcissists. They pose no threat to others. They are simply
self serving and selfish. Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism,
which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a
Bill Clinton for example. To him reality and fantasy are intertwined.

This is a mental health issue, not just a character flaw.
Pathological narcissists are dangerous because they look normal and even
intelligent. It is this disguise that makes them treacherous. Today the
Democrats have placed all their hopes in Obama. But this man could put an end
to their party. The great majority of blacks voted for Obama. Only a fool does
not know that their support for him is racially driven. This is racism, pure
and simple.

The downside of this is that if Obama turns out to be the disaster I predict,
he will cause widespread resentment among the whites. The blacks are unlikely to
give up their support of their man. Cultic mentality is pernicious and
unrelenting. They will dig their heads deeper in the sand and blame Obama's
detractors of racism. This will cause a backlash among the whites. The white
supremacists will take advantage of the discontent and they will receive
widespread support. I predict that in less than four years, racial tensions
will increase to levels never seen since the turbulent 1960's.

Obama will set the clock back decades. America is the bastion of freedom.
The peace of the world depends on the strength of America , and its weakness
translates into the triumph of terrorism and victory of rogue nations.. It is
no wonder that Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, the Castrists, the Hezbollah, the
Hamas, the lawyers of the Guantanamo terrorists, and virtually all sworn enemies
of America are so thrilled by the prospect of their man in the White House.

Americaï is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater than
electing a pathological narcissist as president

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