Posted on 17 March 2012.
Narcissists are those who are tremendously selfish beings and who are preoccupied with having power, control, prestige and vanity. They are self-centered, thinking about themselves and no one else.
This list highlights 10 people who gave narcissistic personality disorder a name. Many of the individuals on this list are sadistic, cruel and antisocial. However, this list also includes those who theorized the term. It attempts to give credit to the people who let us understand the psyche of the sadistic, cruel and powerful few.
1. Sigmund Freud:
This Austrian psychologist tops this list as the co-founder of narcissism and the one who made us understand the minds of some of the cruelest people. In his paper On Narcissism he looked at the relationship between Ego and External Objects.
Narcissism for him was an intermediate stage between auto-erotism and object-love; a failure to grow up.
2. Adolph Hitler:
Sadly this man is on the same list as good men like Freud, Binet and Nacke. This man was self-centered, preoccupied with power, control, prestige, grandiosity and everything else imaginable. There is no other description needed. Freud was right, narcissism was a failure to grow up, especially in this case.
3. Joseph Stalin:
Political opposition was eliminated during the Stalin era. Stalin was so preoccupied with having power, control, prestige and vanity that he jailed and sent to Gulags anyone who disagreed with him. He even sent his henchmen to Mexico to kill Leon Trotsky, who he felt was a threat.
4. Brian Blackwell:
Blackwell is a murderer in England. He killed both his parents in cold blood. Blackwell was diagnosed with Narcissistic personal behaviour as he was preoccupied with self-importance and showed little signs of empathy.
5. Joseph Mengele:
This doctor was known as Angel of Death during WWII. He would perform sadistic treatments on twins and on little people. He would inject blue dye into people eyes to see if they would change colour. He evaded death and lived life to the fullest in South America. Justice was never served for his victims.