2 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).

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  • 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.

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