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I got this in an email today
*Samuel Vaknin, Ph.D. Dr. Vaknin has written extensively about
* Dr. Vaknin states " I must confess I was impressed by Sen.Barack 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
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
Obama is not an ordinary man. He is not a genius. In fact he is quite
ignorant on most important subjects. Barack Obama is a narcissist.
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 and nearest suggest that the Senator 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