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  •  Well, it's not just silly, it's wrong (6+ / 0-)

    in a technical sense; the word narcissist is not restricted to persons who have been diagnosed with NPD.

    From Wikipedia, a simple explanation:

    Narcissism is a term that originated with Narcissus in Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Currently it is used to describe a person characterized by egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness. Narcissism has included particular meanings in specific fields:

    A concept in psychoanalytic theory, introduced in Sigmund Freud's On Narcissism

    An Axis II disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, in DSM-IV

    A social or cultural problem

    A factor in trait theory used in some self-report inventories of personality such as the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory

    Except in the sense of primary narcissism or healthy self-love, narcissism is usually considered a problem in a person or group's relationships with self and others.

    It's pretty clear that when people say a person like Snowden is being narcissistic, they mean it in this sense and -- whether you agree with the opinion or not -- the word usage is perfectly valid for what they mean to say, speaking of  their impression of his actions, some of his statements, and his overall behavior.

    I also think your observations on the whole "diagnosis" and the way everything can be turned into a "disorder" is right on - I find the trend increasingly disturbing and problematic.

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