The hugantic Diabolical Narcissism video is in post-production but I want to get started on essays now. And yes, discussions have been had about a book, in fact a professional writer wants to write it, the topic is so big and so important. But I will write extensively here. In fact, if you look above at the Menu Bar, I have added a “Diabolical Narcissism” page. Everything will be filed there after being posted here on the homepage. The problem I am having personally in this is the opposite of writer’s block. This topic is so huge, and I see citations and examples all day every day, and I sit down to write and there is JUST SOOOOO MUUUUUUCH that instead of starting SOMEWHERE, I become distracted by bacon, and occasionally also cashews.
Well, I et all the bacon, and the cashew dish is nothing but a few grains of salt. So, let’s get started. First topic up: PROJECTION. I will attack these tactics from both the macro level – politics and the Church, specifically, and then from the micro level, so that we can understand and fortify ourselves against diabolical narcissists that we encounter directly (or have already encountered) in our own lives.
First, Projection. Projection is when someone accuses you of doing the bad things that THEY do, or of possessing the character flaws that THEY possess. I found this definition that I think sums it up very well:
“Projection: A defense mechanism narcissists use that involves condemning others for their own emotions, traits, reactions and behaviors. A narcissist projects without being provoked. Although the narcissist may project their positive attributes onto you (mirror image), most of the time they are scraping the mud off of themselves and smearing it onto you. Everything they say precisely describes them, but it mind screws you so bad it may leave you asking yourself the question, ‘Am I the narcissist?'”
Because remember, Diabolical Narcissists, like the fallen angels they mirror, are INVETERATE AND FACILE LIARS. Projection is a specific form of lying.
Unless you have been in a very, very deep coma for the past half century, you have seen this on a daily basis out of the political class. If I may be so bold, every day I see you all who still cling to the legitimacy of the political system trying to square the circle and process these events as if the Constitutional Republic still existed and this isn’t kabuki theater entertainment, and the term “mind screwed” leaps to mind, indeed.
Every time a politician puffs himself up and starts bloviating about “fiscal irresponsibility”, “disregard for the Constitution” or any such thing, whilst committing capital crimes on a near-daily basis – crimes of treason, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace that literally merit execution, this is the quintessence of “projection”.
Having the people who exposed the PlannedParenthood baby parts trafficking prosecuted for attempted baby parts trafficking is societal end-stage projection.
Hillary Clinton railing that all women who report rape should be assumed to be telling the truth while she has spent her entire adult life character assassinating (and possibly having murdered) women who were raped by her serial rapist husband is societal end-stage projection.
Judas Iscariot lecturing Our Lord and the other Apostles about THE POOR (TM) and how the flask of spikenard Mary was anointing Our Lord with should be sold and given to THE POOR (TM), while being himself a thief (John 12: 3-6). Yeah, that’s projection. Just a l’il bit. L’il bit.
When our lord and savior jorge bergoglio, a textbook diabolical narcissist and likely sociopath, rails, for example, against “namecalling” and “labeling”, whilst delivering homily after homily doing exactly that – Hor-hay project-ay. The best example of this is in Bergoglio’s um, document, Evangelii Gaudium, specifically the jawdroppingly oblivious paragraph 94. Behold:
94. This worldliness (said the man who is completely obsessed with being adored by the world) can be fuelled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to console (like Soul Annihilation, or false ecumenism, or “who am I to judge?”, for example?) and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her own thoughts and feelings. The other is the self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers (I’m in charge around here! All authority rests in me! I’LL TAKE THEIR HATS…!) and feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past (like 1974?). A supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline leads instead to a narcissistic (wheee!) and authoritarian elitism (WHEEEEEE!!), whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others (“O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men…” said the inveterate namecaller, literally AS HE IS NAMECALLING), and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying (said the pathological, persistent namecaller). In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others (like when he refuses to genuflect to the Consecrated Host, and tells atheists NOT to convert so that they can continue to amuse him). These are manifestations of an anthropocentric immanentism (said the man who openly preaches humanism). It is impossible to think that a genuine evangelizing thrust could emerge from these adulterated forms of Christianity (said the most violent and enthusiastic adulterer of Christianity, well, since his homeboy Luther).
In micro terms, a Diabolical Narcissist will tell you that you are insecure, needy, self-absorbed, judgmental – whatever the DN is, he will accuse you of being that. If he is a liar, then YOU are the liar. If he is a cheater (assuming a romantic relationship or marriage), then he will inevitably accuse YOU of cheating. If he is stealing from you, he will accuse you of stealing from him. If he is acting like a child, he will accuse you of acting like a child. If he is lazy, he will accuse you of being lazy. If he drinks too much, he will accuse you of drinking too much whether you do or not. I could go on like this ad infinitum.
The most advanced form is when a DN accuses you of doing a physical action that you both know that he did – and that you may have even vocally protested at the time. “Shouldn’t we roll the windows up? It might rain later.” “No. It won’t rain. LEAVE IT!” Four hours and very wet seats later, the DN will say… “Damn you! I told you it was going to rain! But you REFUSED to roll up the windows!” At which most victims of DNs can only stand there, stupefied by the stunning brazenness that the DN displays. Oftentimes, it is incidences of projection like these that cause female victims to become psychologically unglued, and if the victim is a male (like a father-son relationship, boss-employee, commander-subordinate, or two sodomites), it is incidences like these that cause people to snap into violence. This is also a method of psychological torture used on POWs and in cults.
And make no mistake, oftentimes the DN will have meticulously planned out the initial set-up – in this example the DN would have specifically thought through the whole NOT rolling up the windows thing, betting and even fantasizing that he could parley any rain into an opportunity to “flex his power”, warping reality by 180 degrees, blaming his victim. As we will discuss later, for the DN, oftentimes the diabolical rush derived from the actual malefaction itself pales in comparison to the GETTING AWAY WITH IT – with observing the victim, thrashing about like a fish out of water, eventually settling into a capitualtion to the DN’s “omnipotence” in being able to re-write the real timeline itself – at least in the mind of his victim. In short, the DN, like the demons whose psycho-spiritual posture he mirrors, really is looking to break your spirit.
I hope this helps. One of the goals and hopes I have for this whole Diabolical Narcissism project is for those of you who read this to start calling this stuff out when you see it. The absolute best defense and way to defeat these DN tactics is to call it as it happens. Like the child in the fable of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, having people in comboxes or on talk radio shows or even in personal interactions, saying, “Hey! That’s projection! That is a classic tactic of diabolical narcissists! I’m not falling for that!” is all that is sometimes needed to let reality and sanity regain a foothold in this world, or in the soul of someone being targeted by a Diabolical Narcissist.
The next topic in the Diabolical Narcissism series will be GASLIGHTING….