3 thoughts on “Citizen Kane: Before We Called It Narcissistic Personality Disorder

  • July 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    . . . and now we have Donald J. Trump – the ultimate narcissist. And perhaps the sadist thing about these people is that they can never, will never, report for treatment – it would mean having to admit that that were not the most wonderful creature in the universe after all and a damaged one at that. Would likely destroy them. So it goes. Little wonder humanity makes so little real progress over the course of history. An old story. See: Hitler, A Study In Tyranny, Alan Bullock (1964).

  • November 16, 2018 at 3:04 am

    I can hear the disdain and pity in your voice, and I see the lack of empathy for the sufferer of narcissism, ironic isn’t it? Kane doesn’t die thinking of his childhood toy, if that’s what you think than you’ve missed the most important insight of the film. He dies thinking of the love from his parents that he didn’t get, this is what “rosebud” represents. This is the cause of his narcissism, the wound from the lack of love and not having his needs for security and nurturing met as a child. The rest of the action is just the tragic playing out of a “hollow man”. I feel so sad that he the love that he needed, and spent his whole life chasing shadows in vain, unable to find the path to healing.

  • April 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    I would like to propose a theory, which will go against the beliefs and knowledge that people have, and even science itself, but has had me thinking since I’ve had a lot of experiences related to this, so please bear with me.

    My theory suggests that babies born towards the end of April and the first weeks of May are more prone to suffering from NPD. I am not saying that all these people born on these dates suffer from NPD, but that they are more prone to suffering from it. Next I am going to summarise a number of dates, and their respective people, as an example:
    – 6th May, Orson Welles
    -20th April, Adolf Hitler
    -28th April, Saddam Hussein
    -3rd May, Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli
    -29th April, Bernard Madoff
    -23th April, Timothy McVeigh
    -16th May, Christopher Lee Watts
    -5th May, Chris Brown
    -19th May, Pol Pot
    -25th April, Oliver Cromwell
    -6th May, Maximilien Robespierre
    -21st April, Sam Vaknin
    Most of these subjects have committed heinous crimes, others like Orson Welles have touched on the subject of NPD very closely, and even Sam Vaknin, an NPD sufferer in recovery has written and spoken about his disorder openly for years. I could go on with more names but I think these illustrate my point. What do these all have in common? They were all born under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, symbolising the child that hasn’t grown up and is just starting to discover emotions for the first time. Taurus is a fixed sign, like narcissism itself, they are rigid, stubborn and very rational. They are also seductive and known for using their partners to make themselves look better. I think this is worth having a look into. Thanks.


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