Edward Snowden: A narcissist without a country?

When the defective defect. Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 — Poor Edward Snowden, a narcissist without a home or a country for that matter. His recent comments reveal more of his personality and may showcase Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Snowden has mistakenly determined China, Ecuador and Russia as countries with “Better human rights policies” than the United States of America. Snowden has also mistaken his revealing of classified information as a means to find kindred spirits in countries with whom the USA has strained relations.


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It seems no one wants Snowden and it may go beyond not wanting to incur the anger of the USA. Obviously, Snowden has not only defected, but is defective in his thought process. He cannot understand why President Obama would take opposing measures to him and decries the efforts as unfair. He now says he refuses to remain in Russia because President Putin will not play in his mental sandbox.

Snowden seems a deviate from socio/cultural norms, has a complex set of misplaced values and the process of his pathology seems progressive. If we examine the determinants of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, we may find Snowden a poster boy for a generation of what has been determined a “me first”, selfish and self-centered group. Studies have indicated as much.

A partial list of symptoms from the Mayo Clinic states a narcissist: (with associated comments)

  • Feels they are better than others (Perhaps an entire nation).
  • Believes they are special and acts accordingly (Self-evident).
  • Trouble keeping and maintaining healthy relationships (Any mention he ever had relations with anyone other than his parents who summarily ditched?)
  • Setting unrealistic goals (He is still doing this).
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior (President Obama et al).
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration (Application’s for asylum/residency rejected by multiple nations-(So much for expectations).
  • Exaggerating achievements (Fired from Booz, Allen and Hamilton with a falsified resume’).
  • Fantasizing of power, success and attractiveness (Acting on imprudent and unrealistic fantasy-a mental issue within itself.)
  • Excessive praise and overindulgence (Ditto.)
  • Manipulative (‘Nuff said).

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No one has stepped forward that knows Snowden to say they cannot believe he would do this or it seems outside his personality. Parental comments lacking objectivity should be discounted under such circumstances.

Maybe Oliver Stone, whose skewed personal ideology that was shaped by the Viet Nam generation which he clings to with ferocity, or Glenn Beck (who praises Snowden’s efforts), who seems rejected these days by those who made him a success, such as he was, will let Snowden live with them and pay for his defense; whatever that could be.

Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.


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