Newt the narcissist

In his career Newt Gingrich has demonstrated brilliance, while at the same time frequent shades of immaturity, lack of self-awareness, and reality — among others. I came across some website (click here) that lists several personality disorders that are similar to Gingrich’s personality. I can’t tell who wrote this website or why they wrote it, or who they plan to vote for for president, but it’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

By Chris Ingram

Newt the narcissist. Or, he’s no different than a 6 year old.

In his career Newt Gingrich has demonstrated brilliance, while at the same time frequent shades of immaturity, lack of self-awareness, and reality — among other traits. I came across some website (click here) that lists several personality disorders that are similar to Gingrich’s personality. I can’t tell who wrote this website or why they wrote it, or who they plan to vote for for president, but it’s on the Internet, so it must be true.

The site has several interesting links with the following titles: What is a personality disorder? | Narcissistic Personality Disorder How to recognize a narcissist | Traits discussed | (and best of all), “Now We Are Six.”

The “Now We Are Six” link is particularly relevant to Newt. In this article, the author (who somewhere in the disorganized website says he/she isn’t a doctor or therapist) lists several traits and characteristics of a six-year-old and how those are similar to an adult with a narcissitic personality disorder, or, are like Newt.

Note that I am not a doctor, and I never so much as even ever played one on TV, but watching Mr. Gingrich from afar, you have to wonder what’s going on inside the space in between his hairy ears. Just consider the traits and characteristics of a narcissist, and how similar they are to a 6 yr. old – or to Newt. Take them for what they are worth — they’re listed on some dubious website but they didn’t come with any anti-Newt liberal media bias as far as I can tell. That my friends comes from me. Well, all but the liberal part.

Here is the list as referenced from the book of the name Now we are six:

  • Six can, oh so often, be expansive and out-of-bounds, contrary…hard…to live with. (p. 4)

  • Your typical six-year-old is a paradoxical little person, and bipolarity is the name of the game. Whatever he does, he does the opposite just as readily. In fact, sometimes the choice of some certain object or course of action immediately triggers an overpowering need for its opposite. (p. 1, the first paragraph of the book)

  • Six’s reversals are truly something to be reckoned with. (p. 2)

  • “I love you” rapidly changes to “I hate you.” (p. 2, 6)

  • Stubborn and can’t make up mind (p. 2)

  • The child is now the center of his own universe. (p. 2, 15)

  • Delighted by any silly thing that calls attention to himself; may do silly, show-offy things to call attention to himself when he feels neglected or shut out (pp. 71-72)

  • Arrogant (p. 7)

  • Self-important (“extremely aware of the importance of being Six”) (p. 22)

  • Demands rather than asks (twice on p. 6, 16)

  • Thinks own way is always right (p. 7)

  • Once started, will stick to a course of bad behavior or bad judgment regardless of the inevitability of being punished for it (p. 7)

  • Asks to be flattered and praised as “good,” even (“rather sadly and touchingly”) following his worst behavior (p. 6)

  • Can’t accept criticism (p. 7)

  • Feelings are hurt over very small criticisms, comments, failures (p. 6)

  • Is so extremely anxious to do well, to be the best, to be loved and praised, that any failure is very hard for him. (p. 6)

  • Wants to win every time (p. 4, 21, 45)

  • Poor sport, can’t stand to lose (p. 7, 16) Irreverent View editorial note: see Newt’s pal Bill McCollum.

  • Argumentative and quarrelsome (p. 21)

  • Defiant, pert, fresh, snippy (p. 6, 17)

  • Competitive, combative (p. 20)

  • Belligerent, verbally aggressive (p. 21)

  • Threatens, calls names (p. 21)

  • Jealous, envious (p. 7, 21)

  • To make sure of winning, will cheat or make up own rules (pp. 21-22, 45)

  • Complains that others are cheating and not following the rules (p. 45)

  • Does not always tell the truth (p. 16)

  • Will not admit to wrongdoing (p. 41) [Note: A technique is given for getting the facts out of kids that also works with narcissists: instead of asking if they did it, ask how they did it.]  goodness means the things explicitly required or allowed by parents or other authority figures; badness means the things explicitly disapproved of or forbidden (p. 66)

  • Little forgiveness (p. 22)

  • Very critical of others’ conduct (p. 22)

  • Expects friendships to be resumed immediately following tremendous complaint and conflict (p. 22)

  • Wants to boss (p. 21)

  • Highly undifferentiated — everything is everywhere (p. 7)

  • Can’t always tell the difference between “yours” and “mine,” and so often steals (pp. 39-41)

  • “Random and unconstructive expenditure of energy” (p. 31)

  • More interested in merely handling or using tools than in what is accomplished with them (pp. 53-54)  Less interested in actual final products than in whatever he may be doing at the moment(p. 56)

  • Sixes love to dress up and pretend they are somebody else…. (p. 49)

You decide. Maybe Newt’s not a narcissist. But he certainly acts like a 6 year old.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market, a contributing columnist to the Tampa Tribune, and host of “Chris Ingram’s Irreverent Views” on News Talk 1470 AM Tampa.  The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9, the Tampa Tribune, or 1470 AM. E-mail Chris atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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7 thoughts on “Newt the narcissist”

  1. Possibly throw a bi-polar diagnosis in the pot as well. They say that Abe Lincoln was bi-polar and that could explain Newt’s insistance on the 3 hour Lincoln Douglas debates.

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  2. I am astonished that so many in the GOP do not see this in Newt. Speaking personally, I can say that I am more concerned with the anti-Newt candidate than the anti-Romney candidate.

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