We explored the personality of BHO before. Leading up to that article, this writer contacted Sam Vaknin, a professed narcissist who writes and lectures extensively on the subject. I did ask permission from Mr. Vaknin to publish his response but I do not think he would mind, either.
November 2, 2014:
I blog at http://obotomy.blogspot.com/ Post Obotomy Syndrome. I have embedded your Youtube videos on occasion and I appreciate your insights into malignant narcissism.
Conspiracy-inclined people tell me that Obama will not leave office at the end of two terms. They believe that he will either illegally clutch and hold the reins of power or he will initiate chaos in the form of war or terrorism or possibly even start a civil war.
I used to dismiss these fears but I no longer do so. A man who cultivates his own deification has a sense of grandeur few of us can understand. This man's addiction to adulation is frightening. When a crisis emerges, he performs fundraisers or pep rallies. He cannot even briefly give up the adoring crowds, the flash bulbs, the attention.
Also concerning is Barack Obama's possible inability to separate fantasy and reality. To lie and deceive on such a constant basis when he knows his lies will be discovered suggests something other than a moral shortcoming. Does he believe that his speech creates and defines reality?
You said there is danger when a malignant narcissist's internal world collides with reality. Do you see a soft landing for America? Do you see a routine transfer of power and an ex-president satisfied with his scaled down status? I respect your opinion on these matters.
Mr. Vaknin responded the same day. I am hihglighting Mr. Vaknin's comments and I am printing the email verbatim with all its many links.
You can download my e-book about Narcissistic and Psychopathic Leaders (at
no charge to you) here:
I have written about the psychological make-up of Obama here:
Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic? (first published in July
Do You Recognize Barack Obama in These Texts?
Obama's Nobel Prize will Exacerbate His Narcissistic Tendencies
These may be of interest - click on the links:
Narcissism of leaders and authority figures
Narcissism and Religion
The Cult of the Narcissist
I am not a mental health professional. Still, I have dedicated the last 12
years to the study of personality disorders in general and the Narcissistic
Personality Disorder (NPD) in particular. I have authored nine (9) books
about these topics, one of which is a Barnes and Noble best-seller
("Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited"). My work is widely cited in
scholarly tomes and publications and in the media. My books and the content
of my Web site are based on correspondence since 1996 with hundreds of
people suffering from the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (narcissists)
and with thousands of their family members, friends, therapists, and
More about my credentials here:
"Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited" , a work of reference about the
Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) is available from Barnes and Noble
Or from my publisher's Website:
http://www.youtube.com/samvaknin (Narcissists, Psychopaths, Abuse)
http://www.youtube.com/vakninmusings (World in Conflict and Transition)
http://www.youtube.com/vakninsays (Sayings of Wisdom and Inanity
http://www.narcissistic-abuse.com (Malignant Self-love: Narcissism
Postscript October 23, 2016: I think Vaknin got it wrong.