Donald Bersoff, PhD, JD is 2013 President of the American Psychological Association. In an interview with Monitor (APA publication) he was asked: “Why did you run for president?”

“There is a narcissistic part of it, and a doing good part. [Bersoff goes on to explain the “doing good” part by stating his particular executive priorities for the organization; and then continues about the narcissistic part.] The narcissistic part is, to take part in a profession for 50 years and then finally have the opportunity to lead it is a great honor.”

Instantly I trust the man!
And instantly I wonder about whether our national presidential leaders have the same cojones of self-awareness. (See my prior post Psychology of Presidential Ambition for additional context).

Self-aware narcissism is just another name for healthy ambition.

 


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APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Cojones of Self-Awareness. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 29, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/12/cojones-of-self-awareness/

 

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