BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Narcissism?

BRAIN FOOD: Are you suffering from ... Narcissism? - Does your reflection in the mirror give you satisfaction? Do you constantly check your appearance in your office window? Do you think you're right and everyone else is stupid? Are feelings something onl

by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR - helen@kirwantaylor.demon.co.uk
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Does your reflection in the mirror give you satisfaction? Do you constantly check your appearance in your office window? Do you think you're right and everyone else is stupid? Are feelings something only wimps have? Chances are you're suffering from narcissism. First coined by Freud, this term describes people who can only ever see their own point of view. At home it makes them selfish bastards; at work, unfortunately, their ruthlessness can propel them to executive levels In terms of leadership, narcissistic bosses are self-centred, self-absorbed and untrustworthy. There's only one cure: brutal 360-degree feedback from all co-workers - which often sends them into depression ('Why, I thought everyone loved me'). The alternative is to say: 'If you change, it will benefit you.' Me is the only term they understand.

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