07.02.2010: Finally, an Analysis ... " or, "I've been waiting for this a long time..."
Psychologist's Analysis of the Obama character
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, 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 his 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 inexplicable infatuation alarming. Obama is not an ordinary
man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite ignorant on most
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
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
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
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.
America is on the verge of destruction. There is no insanity greater
than electing a pathological narcissist as president.
Interestingly enough, some months ago, I wondered why no psychologists or psychiatrists have ever had the nerve to do a similar analysis or discussion of the violent sects of some of the world's religious groups. I think the analysis would be similar, but would make Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" and the aftermath look like a walk in the park on a sunny day.
First rev: 07.01.2010