The April Rolling Stone article is the end-all be-all about understanding the Grand Narcissist nearly half the voting population put into office.
Putting aside for a moment the questionable judgement of using a Rolling Stone article as a reference, I have to say that I was struck by the thought this week, reading through the long-winded and seemingly endless “explanations” offered by Mrs. Clinton for her defeat, that we may have elected in 2016 the least narcissistic of the two candidates presented to us.
Inevitably, the self-absorbed and manipulative machinations of a chronic narcissist will catch up with her or him, and land the narcissist in hot water. When this occurs, one of the most common responses of the narcissist is to point fingers, and shift responsibility to others. Oftentimes, the narcissist will blame their victims for having caused their own victimization. Another common response is making excuses — there is always some unexpected or unforeseen circumstance which deterred the narcissist from being responsible. Finally, the narcissist may make herself out to be the victim, pointing to any number of difficulties and hard-luck struggles which prevented her from being accountable, and ask for leniency (again being an exception to the rule). All of the manipulative devices above serve to shift scrutiny and responsibility away from the narcissist, so that her or his weaknesses, deficiencies, and failings can remain hidden.(3)(12)