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The Narcissist’s Trap

Just got this email notification from WaPo:

Yes, yes, let’s ruin the reputation of the guy who was dismembered – while he was still alive. Because, you know, he was not a US citizen and he was Muslim and once he said nice things about the Saudi Royal family while living in Saudi Arabia. When he stopped saying nice things about Saudi Arabia, he had to leave. Besides, he was a journalist. Blasphemer! He had to be cut up into little pieces on the event horizon of his wedding.

So, you know, it’s ok that we don’t have to be concerned with his death. Let’s not trouble our beautiful minds.

These people really have no shame.

Anyway, back to today’s topic.

Narcissists have a very nasty reputation for ruining reputations. They’ll turn tiny peccadilloes into major glaring character flaws. Their audience may initially be skeptical. But the narcissist will insist it’s true.

Like maybe Ms. Dem is part of an angry mob.

(She’s really not)

With lots of repetition, the angry mob idea gets stuck in the audience’s head.

Then the narcissist with prod, provoke and push buttons in the most outrageous way until Ms. Dem reacts.

“Aha!”, screams Trump, the narcissist, “I told you they were dangerous. We need to crack down on this behavior.” And the audience will agree enthusiastically.

This is about where we are.

So, you know, be careful out there.

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