September 14, 2020
The Malignant Narcissist
Narcissus, the original exemplar of self-adoration, was a benign narcissist. As I recall, he stared at his reflection in a pond so long that he starved. No one else was injured. Trump’s narcissism infects others. “If the president can get away with it so can I” is the logic of tens of millions of people infected by his malevolent rhetoric. His way of being is like a cluster of cancer cells that spread, killing off healthy cells in the process. Those who have strong immune systems resist him. Those who don’t succumb.