Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . .


Narcissists rise to the top because people mistake their confidence and authority for leadership qualities

They may be charming, confident and climb the job ladder with ease, but when they reach the top, narcissists are actually not very good at their roles.

Such people are often too self-obsessed to do their jobs properly, according to a study.

Those who love themselves and have vast self-confidence often impress others with their self-belief, dominance and authority, leading them to climb the career ladder effortlessly.

However, scientists have discovered that while narcissists are convincing leaders, they are so consumed by their own brilliance that it actually cripples their creativity and often causes them to make bad decisions.

Gee, does that sound like anyone we know?

Not only did the study describe Obama perfectly, but it described his followers too:

It also prevents proper interaction with colleagues who often vastly overestimate the ability of their overconfident bosses.


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73 Responses to Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . .

  1. DeniseVB says:

    Probably why celebrities keep heaping $$$ on his re-election. It boggles my mind.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/08/11/showbiz-helps-obama/

    • votermom says:

      I think part of it is that Hollywood thrives on who-you-know and the whole “I better not get blacklisted” thing. They spend their lives perfecting the art of sucking up because the alternative is exile & death.

      • Dario says:

        Obama does what Wall Street demands of him, and the entertainment industry is full of narcissists. Both groups pile money on the precious.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I suck at sucking up. If I was any good at it I would be a highly-paid Obama shill instead of a poor but semi-honest blogger..

      • Mary says:

        Let’s not forget that Hollywood is a BUSINESS.

        Obama hasn’t used the fat-cat label to bash them for getting “special treatment” in tax credits/subsidies in the tax code for movie producers or taking the same tax credits for their private/corporate planes. (wink wink)

        The people who make those movies and the people who need the acting jobs in those very movies know that their their own profits expand with those tax credits/special goodies. They know that any truly honest, non-partisan elimination of “goodies” in the tax code for rich people includes THEM.

  2. ralphb says:

    The Left’s Summer of Discontent

    Progressives increasingly see Obama as a loser. If so, it’s because he is one of them. – James Taranto

    Barack Obama’s recent political difficulties have proved shattering to many of his erstwhile enthusiasts. One of them is Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate.com, who in a column last week declared himself fed up—with America.

    The lesson of the debt-ceiling deal, Mr. Weisberg sobbed, is that “there is no point trying to explain complex matters to the American people. The president has tried reasonableness and he has failed.” A pithier expression of this lament was the headline of an online column by liberal Republican Charles Fried: “Obama Is Too Good for Us.”

    It takes an authoritarian mindset to look at a failing leader and fault the people for failing to follow him. But Mr. Weisberg has long harbored suspicions about his countrymen’s fitness to be led by the man he described, in an August 2008 column, as “handsome, brilliant and cool.”

    • WMCB says:

      It takes an authoritarian mindset to look at a failing leader and fault the people for failing to follow him.

      That authoritarian, “shut up, peons, and let your betters decide what’s good for you” mindset has always existed on the left, but for decades it was a fringe element.

      It has now become mainstream among Democrats and the liberal media. THAT right there is one of the big things that makes people shy far far away from being associated with the left anymore.

      That brand of insidious superior authoritarianism, no matter the “gentler” language in which it is couched, is anathema to liberty, democracy, and true liberalism. It’s scary, and I want none of it.

      • ralphb says:

        That’s one of my problems with the current Dems and largely the asshat media. Bunch of dumb asses who think that because they spout buzz words they know everything while having almost no life experience outside their own comfort zones.

        Both authoritarian and superficial at the same time. A lousy combination. Like Katrina Vanden Heuvel who spews about the working class when the only worker she’s met in years is probably her maid or a driver.

      • yttik says:

        You are correct WMCB, that authoritarianism is exactly what sent me running out the back door.

  3. ralphb says:

    Ouch, ripped off from Hot Air …

  4. ralphb says:

    Irony is not dead yet.
    Patrick Kennedy joins psychiatric hospital board

    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1357787

  5. Mary says:

    And right on cue, to reinforce your thread theme, from the one-and-only Jeralyn:

    “No matter how disappointed you are with Obama and the Democrats, any Republican would be far worse.”

    The veal pen remains the veal pen. Ugh.

    • DeniseVB says:

      “….any Republican would be far worse” ? Because they would…..?

      If she’s going to convince me, I need a little more meat with such a statement. What do those evil “repukes” have up their sleeves? 😀

      • angienc says:

        Because they would not be able to do the exact same things Obama is doing & be praised by Jeralyn, ThereIsNoSpoon, et al for it.

    • Dario says:

      I think Dubya and the G.O.P. congress proved how bad things can be, so I don’t doubt that the “Republicans are worse”. But what I don’t agree with, is that voting Democratic is a better choice. I also don’t agree on voting for a third party because that’s like not voting. No, I’ll vote for the worse. I want to get rid of the Democrats in Washington, and the only way to do it, is to vote Republican.

  6. Mary says:

    Another huge ouch:

    New Quinnipiac poll from the verrrry blue New York:

    Obama app/disapp numbers down to 45/49.

    In June, they were 57/38.

    • yttik says:

      Did you read the poll about God’s approval ratings? It made me laugh because I bet Obama is jealous.He probably thinks the poll was about him. Anyway, it’s kind of a funny comment on polls. Only about 70% of people approved of the way God created the universe. Only about half are pleased with God himself.

      And yes, I did get wind of this poll from an Obot. See, Obama’s doing just fine, even God is having a hard time right now Naw, there’s nothing narcissistic about comparing your leader to God. That’s quite rational. Carry on : )

      • Mary says:

        LOL Pretzel, again, our Obots. Twist anything and everything, in desperation. Silly gullible fools.

  7. ralphb says:

    Who Lost the Middle Class?

    Forty years from now, politicians, writers, and historians may struggle to understand how America, once the quintessential middle-class society, became as socially stratified as Europe or even Brazil. Should that dark scenario come to pass, they would do well to turn their attention first to New York City and New York State, which have been in the vanguard of middle-class decline.

    Good question.

    • Dario says:

      I think Reagan and the Democrats who controlled congress in the 80s ripped out the foundation on which the middle class was built.

      • ralphb says:

        Lot of truth in that. I think it may have started under Carter but it got going full blast with Reagan and Dollar Bill Bradley’s fabulous tax reform.

        • DeniseVB says:

          In my best Brooklyn, whatevah. It’s Obama’s watch now. He promised us rainbows, unicorns and fixin’ Bush’s sh*t. Still blaming Bush, ain’t fixin’ sh*t.

          Super Special Committee of 12 isn’t going to fix it either. Probably the one highlight of the debate last night, Newtie calling it stupid 😀

    • votermom says:

      I like this joke from the comments (after I deleted a CDS part):

      THE ECONOMY IS SO BAD THAT:

      I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

      CEO’s are now playing miniature golf.

      Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

      I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

      I bought a toaster oven and my free gift was a bank.

      Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America .

      Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.

      A picture is now only worth 200 words.

      They renamed Wall Street “Wal-Mart Street” .

      And, finally..I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline.. I got a call center in Pakistan ,and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited,and asked if I could drive a truck…

    • ralphb says:

      Good one

  8. Mary says:

    Breaking: Appeals Court rules that the Obamacare individual mandate is unconstitutional…….

    On to the Supreme Court!

  9. Jadzia says:

    I still can’t get to the darned Obamacare opinion, but here’s a link to a con-law professor’s analysis: http://jonathanturley.org/2011/08/12/court-of-appeals-strikes-down-individaul-mandate-as-unconstitutional/#more-38459

    • angienc says:

      Thanks Jadzia! I’m off to read it.

      • catarina says:

        awaiting your analysis 🙂

        • angienc says:

          Well, the Prof. only gives a brief analysis, so really, until I can see the opinion myself, I’m stuck with you. However, I do agree with the “money shot” the Prof. excerpted from the opinion & it has always been my position on the Obamacare mandates:

          In sum, the individual mandate is breathtaking in its expansive scope. It regulates those who have not entered the health care market at all. It regulates those who have entered the health care market, but have not entered the insurance market (and have no intention of doing so). It is overinclusive in when it regulates: it conflates those who presently consume health care with those who will not consume health care for many years into the future. The government’s position amounts to an argument that the mere fact of an individual’s existence substantially affects interstate commerce, and therefore Congress may regulate them at every point of their life. This theory affords no limiting principles which to confine Congress’s enumerated power.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Saw this at C4P, another Dem declares their Independence 😀

    http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/08/an-ex-democrats-declaration-of-independence.html

    Funny, I could have written this, except for the gay male part 😉 I tell ya though, Sarah’s becoming the Liza and Barbra of politics !

    • timothy2010 says:

      I am a gay male and I supported Hillary because I believed she was the solution. Reducing the gay community to a single issue voting by the dims I find insulting and I find it disturbing that so few in the gay community had President Clinton’s wife’s back when he went so far out on a limb.(Doubt we’d be where we are now without WJC talking openly and intelligently for the first time ever about homosexuality) I am with Ron Paul on marriage- should be between you, your spouse and your “creator” not between you, your spouse and the likes of your neighbor or a judge. Civil unions.

      Sarah had me at “Can I call you Joe” . I was voting for McCain for the sole reason that he was not obama and then she came along and gave her speech and I was intrigued but not convinced and then she delivered in the debate. The press had tried to label her as a dumb hottie grandmother. Perhaps she wasn’t as ready with the talking points of the RNC. Then I saw how feebly the GOP tried to marginalize her and she didn’t give up or give in. Knew what was right and true to her person and stood by all of her convictions and her family.
      barry was traveling the country shaming America Sarah was speaking of patriotism.
      She prevailed in the face of adversity.
      I will confess as an early teenager I adored Streisand as her dreams resonated in my adolescent heart that even through my isolation I could be me than I was.
      Pity she became a caricature of herself,
      Liza never got it.
      Most gays are dims and those that are the players get invited to all kinds of events/openings/shows/rallies and they are the handful of bar owners or free magazine bus stop publishers. No signs were permitted for HRC in some as it might offend the black customers. During general icky icky pooh pooh poohs signs were every where. Complained and nothing happened.

      I posted this once before here but a few months ago at the end of Happy I was in a gay bar in Pittsburgh with several friends and the place was pretty empty so the bartender put on a Kathy Griffin Palin bashing video. I did not initiate it but we all left.
      We did one of those stupid juvenile games that adults some times play after drinking and conversation runs dry– If you were on your death bed and had to have lived a life as a woman who would it be?(Group was early twenty to early retirement) Was a bunch of gays so Katherine Hepburn was immediately ruled out for dissing the winner Mery Streep but a close second was Hillary and then Elenoer Roosevelt.
      Jokes have been made on TV about a gay mafia which is extreme but they do hold some political power and those that own the bars follow the script handed to them by the dnc. Sickens me to hear kathy griffins bile spewed in public against an individual, any individual but let alone a woman who has a substantial background of abiding by the constitution and who herself endured the fear of a parent whose child defended our country.
      I can only speak for myself and echo the sentiments of many gay friends in saying that I will not be manipulated and Governor Palin represents the best of what we can be,
      Like a former governor I am a gay American but I am also someone’s child, brother. uncle.grandchild. neighbor. employee, employer and I am bored to tears with being manipulated.
      DNC does not own my vote because I am gay– in fact they have extinguished any chance of ever getting my vote in the near future as I resent being manipulated. bambi keeps such a low pro-file on gay issues but what happened in CA if the blacks had stayed home gays could marry and yet the press blames the repugs.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Hey timothy, you are such a kindred spirit of Kevin DuJuan at Hillbuzz,

        http://hillbuzz.org/

        😀

        • timothy2010 says:

          Not that far to the right as Kevin
          I believed in HRC. I went to battle for HRC no other candidate ever inspired me as much.
          Love’d Hillbuzz when it was HRC and when it went nobama but I hold zero respect for bush or the bush family. I just don’t get that perspective.
          I am a lucky, lucky, lucky guy that I had the beautiful error in my life of having to pick up a rug rat at a daycare center because no one else could, due to a bus error and the little creep looking at me with such relief and she was only old enough to stand or walk around her crib but her socks were filthy. She is my great niece and well I had a Peter Gabriel moment(Salsbury Hill). She was never going back. She’ll be 5 soon and I have a big family and we do what you do. I relied on my family as we guided her to what I pray is a happy life. She will be entering kindergarten at the end of the month and she can read,

          Her parents are beginning to step up to the plate and I pray I am adult enough to accept that almost 5 years into it that they are ready parents. Hurts like hell as it was me and her great grandparents without any help (so not true because of Hillary Rodham Clinton I was able to get her healthcare. Firmly believe every child should have unconditional access to the same health care”

          I just find my self so sickened that its all an arrangement. I feel like some awful writer has been hired by the DNC to script the next few years. Kids ! Kids! Kids!

          Not a fan of munchkins but i think every kid deserves a shot and Federal Government is just too big.
          Give it back to the states which are the right size to handle it.
          Reduce the federal government.

  11. ralphb says:

    I’m Here To Chew Bubblegum And Kick Ass And I’m All Out Of Bubblegum

    A very long interview with Perry. His might just be a first principles campaign against Obama and the status quo…

    In Fed Up!, you criticize the progressive era and the changes it produced: the 16th and 17th Amendments, Social Security, Medicare, and so on. I understand being against these things in principle—of longing for a world in which they never existed. But now that they’re part of the fabric of our society, do you think we should actually do away with them?

    I think every program needs to stand the sunshine of righteous scrutiny. Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare. You’ve got $115 trillion worth of unfunded liability in those three. They’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme. I challenge anybody to stand up and defend the Social Security program that we have today—and particularly defend it to a 27-year-old young man who’s just gotten married and is trying to get his life headed in the right direction economically. I happen to think that the Progressive movement was the beginning of the deterioration of our Constitution from the standpoint of it being abused and misused to do things that Congress wanted to do, and/or the Supreme Court wanted to implement. The New Deal was the launching pad for the Washington largesse as we know it today. And I think we should have a legitimate, honest, national discussion about Washington’s continuing to spend money we don’t have on programs that we don’t need.

    Rick Perry: Scaring the beejesus out of American voters since 2011. Yes He would. 🙂

    • WMCB says:

      I’m not a Perry fan, but I agree with him in the sense that the conversation and debate needs to be had, honestly and openly. How much do we want the federal (as opposed to state) govt to do for us, and at what expense?

      We need to stop talking around the edges of what is “acceptable” political discourse, and have this out. What do we want, as a people? And what are we willing to pay for it? And what’s the most efficient way to do it? And what are the limits of govt’s control over us, even when we have asked govt to do something for us?

      I’m going to disagree with a lot of conservatives, and almost certainly Perry, on where those boundaries are. But I fully agree with him that we need to talk about it without pussyfooting around and “code-wording” everything, liberal and conservative alike.

    • votermom says:

      From george snufflafagus:
      David Axelrod: Rick Perry Has a ‘Record of Decimation’
      http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/08/david-axelrod-rick-perry-has-a-record-of-decimation.html

      Sounds like the WH is pretty scaaared.

    • djmm says:

      I happen to disagree, Ralph. Yes, he scares me, but not in a good way. This article about his crony capitalism is more reflective of the Rick Perry I am familiar with:

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576428262897285614.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_Opinion

      Then there are his budget nutshell games, lowering taxes on people, but increasing them on business to make up for it, but then the business taxes never happen. Texas has not done well under him, in my opinion.

      djmm

    • ralphb says:

      Hell yes. Can’t we have the big debates with a little honesty instead of some hackneyed crap we’ve heard 1000 times before from both sides.

      “Each campaign that I’ve ever run in these 20 years of elected office have been kind of unconventional — right, Todd? We’ve always been outspent two to one, 10 to one, five to one; never won any polls heading into election night but usually won the election. So it would be unconventional and very grass-roots. Very grass-roots. And I wouldn’t be out there looking for hires out of that political bubble that seem to result in the same old ideas, the same old talking points, the things that Americans get so sick and tired of hearing and kind of suffering through.

      “You know, we want new. We want new energy. We want conviction and passion and candidness — even if through that candidness you make mistakes and you say things like ‘the executive power in Texas is different than the executive power in Alaska.’ . . . I’m just saying that candidness, not fearing so much what the interpretation is going to be when it comes to the comments and positions you’re articulating but just speaking from the heart and saying, ‘Here’s where I think America needs to head, and here’s how I think we can turn the economy around, and here’s what I’ve done in the past to show you truly a foundation of where my beliefs come from of what works in a small town, in a state, in a big industry like oil and gas — what is it that can be done to turn things around.’ I’ll express that and not fearing what the ramifications of the expressions would be.”

  12. WMCB says:

    OT rant, but this is one of the problems with our healthcare system that just burns me up, and also one of the reasons why often well-intended regulations have bad consequences.

    My husband just got a call from a colleague – a wonderful surgeon named Maria. She’s pretty upset, because she’s getting reprimanded and told she’s being “:looked at closely” by the hospital admin. Why? Because it seems that on the govt-mandated “guidelines”, she has had too many post-op patients with complications.

    Now, that might seem like a good thing. After all, what’s wrong with guidelines and benchmarks to help assure good care? Well, nothing. But Maria is not a statistic. Maria is a wonderful, compassionate, selfless surgeon who takes every crap case at that hospital, because the other surgeons won’t. That means that she routinely takes the uninsured, the drug addicts, the homeless, the people with very unhealthy lifestyles and who tend to be complete non-compliant with aftercare. She has a higher number of “complications”, because she refuses to refuse those who need care most, even when she knows they are going to not follow orders, not do their breathing exercises, not take their antibiotics, etc. If she would pick and choose who she will and won’t treat, like the rest of them do, there’d be no issue, and her stats would look MARVELOUS.

    It is hard to describe the effect it has on a doctor to hear that vague “we are looking at you….” It’s depressing. It’s chilling. And the easiest way to respond to that is to just stop sticking your neck out, and become an automaton who cares more about the ticky boxes than the patients. To make your focus looking good as far as the paper “benchmarks” are concerned, and fuck the reality of your patients.

    My husband went through a similar deal with Medicare, when he was warned that he had too many “high level” hospitalizations. AhHa! He’s upcoding! Was he padding bills? Was he a fraud? Nope. He was just a damn good doc – the kind you can call at home if you’re worried, who is excellent at patient education, who will see a marginally ill person every day in the office for a week, and work with them in every way possible so that they DON’T have to be hospitalized. Both because they didn’t want to be, and because many couldn’t afford it, or had no one to care for their spouse at home, or whatever. Consequently, a higher percentage of his admissions were at a “high” level, because he did not hospitalize people unless they were really, really sick.

    He argued and argued this with Medicare. It was fruitless. It did not matter, they said, if he could prove that every single one of those charges was accurate and fiar for how sick the person was. It was a “discrepancy”, and discrepancies are bad in the world of statistic-based medicine. They had their ticky boxes that said what percentage of admissions should be a 2, a 3 a 5, etc, and that was that. So the only thing he could do was start slapping people in the hospital for minor stuff that really could have been handled outpatient, just so he’d have some level 1 and level 2 admissions on those ticky boxes and they’d get off his back. Which cost the taxpayer MORE money than if they’d just left him the fuck alone to do his job.

    • Dario says:

      Is it Obamacare that is wrong for putting pressure on doctors to bring down the post-op complications, or is it our health care system that won’t take care of those who are unhealthy thus avoid post-op complications? Are the guidelines the problem? I think not.

      • WMCB says:

        Of course there have to be some guidelines. What I am saying is that just as with NCLB for teachers, both specific and sweeping “standards” often have unforeseen consequences. Even were everyone insured, my husband’s scenario would have been the same. I understand the impulse the come up with a new form, a new way of measuring for every problem encountered. But it doesn’t always work out the way it was envisioned, not in the real world.

        People are not statistics. You cannot teach to achieve an “average”, any more than you can treat to an “average”. You treat individuals, and teach individuals.

        • votermom says:

          I agree. The answer, in the case of both schools & healthcare, imo, is more local involvement & control. One size never fits all. Central planning destroyed the USSR; we should know better than to emulate it.

      • ralphb says:

        How do you propose to force those with unhealthy habits to change their lifestyles. Maybe with a little compassionate fascism?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Obamacare made nobody happy. Dems didn’t get single payer and GOP didn’t get tort reform. What’s left is Big Insurance eating all the food at Obama’s table (h/t John Edwards).

        • Mary says:

          And that’s the point, Denise.

          In the end, corporate insurance and corporate pharma WON.

          I don’t give a damm what the “progressive” caucus says to try and convince other Dems it’s not so.

          It’s SO. Thank you, Appeals Court, for at least throwing up a roadblock to this unforgiveable scam.

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