Famous People with Narcissism

“I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.”- Kurt Cobain

There are many famous people all around us that suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), more commonly referred to as narcissism. There are many well known individuals who display characteristics of narcissism, if not full blown NPD. They range from politicians to celebrities, from ministers to business leaders. Some writers and researchers believe that successful and famous people have acquired or situational narcissism; they do show narcissistic traits but only after they have worked hard, sometimes for years, to get there. But that success often produces a personality pattern replete with narcissistic traits. Others believe that these people were narcissistic to begin with and sought out opportunities and fields that would satisfy their narcissistic needs. Either way, once they become famous it leads to narcissistic thinking and behaviors; they have lots of money and/or fame, don’t wait in line at restaurants or events, have limo service, and are asked for photographs and so on. This often leads to demanding behavior, feeling they are above the law, becoming more exhibitionistic and many have public social or emotional meltdowns (frequent run-ins with the law, drug and alcohol abuse, attempting suicide, etc.).

Famous people with Narcissistic Personality disorder

Let’s take a look at some of the famous people who show personality traits that suggest narcissism. Most of them show grandiose thinking and exaggerated self-importance, many believe or fantasize about the power they have, most believe they are special, need to be admired and feel entitled. Many dictators and criminals had or have narcissistic personalities as well as the Hollywood celebrities; some are negative role models and some are positive. Hitler and Stalin both had grandiose self-images as did Casanova, Marquis de Sade, Peter Sellers, and the heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Other likely suspects are Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, Paris Hilton and O.J. Simpson. Here are just a few of the many famous narcissists

  • Jim Jones
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Warren Beatty
  • Ryan O’Neal
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Sharon Stone
  • Elvis Presley,
  • William Shatner
  • Joan Crawford
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Ike Turner
  • Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Donald Trump
  • Kayne West
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Marlon Brando
  • Eva Peron
  • Simon Cowell
  • Liberace

Here is a portrait gallery of some of the more famous suspected narcissists:

Adolph Hitler:

Man with a spirit face appearingHe was self- centered, preoccupied with power, control, prestige, and grandiosity thinking.

Joseph Stalin:

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Political opposition was eliminated during the Stalin era. Stalin was so preoccupied with having power, control, prestige and vanity that he jailed and sent to Gulags anyone who disagreed with him. He sent his henchmen to Mexico to kill Leon Trotsky, whom he felt was a threat.

Joseph Mengele:

JosephMengele This doctor was known as the ‘Angel of Death’ during WWII. He was known for his grandiose ideas, irrational thinking and especially his sadistic exploitation of people.

Ted Bundy:

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This psychopathic serial killer had a number of characteristics of a narcissist like grandiosity and manipulation. He was also self-centered and enjoyed being in the public eye. (You can read my other posts about the 5 most famous psychopaths in history here)

Marilyn Manson:

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When confronted over the allegation that his music inspired Columbine Shootings, he simply denied any responsibility and stated that the killers needed more attention. Manson appeared self-centered, is exhibitionistic and enjoys being in the public eye.

O.J. Simpson:

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Simpson lacks empathy and is often envious of others. He also believes that he is special and deserves merit.

Paris Hilton:

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Paris lives in front of the camera-the world is her stage; she has been arrested for DUI, and seems to lack empathy.

Madonna

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Madonna has claimed that she used “Cabbala fluid” to neutralize radiation at a Ukrainian lake. Her exhibitionism and larger-than-life ego is well known.

References:

  1. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101202013744AAWIRAv
  2. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/homo-consumericus/200906/the-narcissism-and-grandiosity-celebrities
  3. http://askthepsych.com/atp/2007/09/13/narcissism-and-success/
  4. http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/study-finds-celebrties-to-be-narcissistic
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  1. Adam says:

    Such a great article until you threw it all away with Manson. Unless of course, you can provide a rationale basis/evidence that his music did inspire/make the shooters.

    • John says:

      I think this lists several people who are more easily conceptualized as antisocial psychopaths. It’ pretty accurate to say that all psychopaths are narcissistic, but not all narcissists are psychopathic. There are many benign narcissists in the world who consider themselves a bit above others while also avoiding behaviors or comments that make them look like assholes. While some people on this list (e.g., Alec Baldwin) are very good examples, others (e.g., Marilyn Manson) don’t really fit the bill.

      • Scritch says:

        Well there is no real explanation of why Manson is on the list. The one listed makes no sense and was totally out of context. I remember Manson being asked that question and his responses were both reasonable and considered. (Look it up)

        Taking quotes out of context, having no rational and then saying the individual has a mental disorder is probably a sign that the author has a mental disorder.

        • Leah says:

          O.J. Simpson is a classic narcissist. He is a cruel, sadistic sociopath who got away with double murder. Who could forget what he did to Nicole, using his brute strength to beat her so mercilessly. Now he’s getting what he so richly deserves. I hope that b*****d dies in gaol.

        • SamGabor says:

          People with NPD tend to do something called projective identification. They tend to project their own narcissism to others and lot of times write articles about narcissism.

          • ming on mongo says:

            It’s also interesting the way N’s always seem to pop up even at any mention of the subject, and sorta “self-identify” (sometimes pedantically)… as if to say, “what, is everyone talking about ME again?!” ;-p

          • M says:

            No…in projective id unwanted feelings are induced in others…the two ppl have to be in a relationship ….

        • M. Manson says:

          Insulting the story writer over one particular anomaly is a sign of a mental disorder…

      • Helen says:

        Their is no such thing as a benign narcissist. If they are interacting with people (which they must or they have no identity as it is the identity of others they use, steal and seek to destroy) they are destroying people. Domestic partnership with a narcissist is the largest form of domestic abuse. As any person who has dated one. They are destroyed. Many end up with PTSD, loss of identity, loss of their jobs, homes, businesses. Goodle search and read some of the devastating stories of the victims. Many ask, “why don’t they just leave”. Part of the narcs ploy is to seek, destroy, and make their “mates” addicted to them, all under the guise of love. They are master manipulators and are as control hungry of their mates life as Hitler was of Germany and the world. Their is no such thing as a benign narcissist.

    • Jim C says:

      I know a few people who are full blown narcissists. One way to easily narrow it down with people you know is 1- they are not hard to get along with, they are IMPOSSIBLE to get along with 2- very few, if any, have “old friends” they have known for years because the “friends” eventually get fed up with everything about them and go out of their way to avoid them 3- when you least expect it, they will turn on you. Really low class people who are pretty much despised by all who really know them. All the narcissists I know are despised by their own family members and all their “friends” are recent. “He’s not that bad if you really get to know him” LMAO That is the problem, you don’t know him/her. If they have use for you, they will go out of their way to hide their true colors but they ALWAYS come out, sooner or later. I avoid them like the plague.

      • Marty says:

        This is the best explanation yet. My mother was that exact description, and the phrase “you don’t know her” came up a lot.

      • msmith says:

        Really good explanation. I’ve seen that with my brother

      • Helen says:

        Jim C that is the overt narcissist but the most dangerous is the covert. These people are shy, quiet, usually introverted and have even their families fooled. Who knows their ability to be cruel and destroy are those who date them. They are masters at gaslighting, blaming, smear campaigns, turning it around to be viewed as the victim of the domestic abuse they caused and inflicted. They are the nicest people in the world and everyone loves them and nobody suspects a thing. All their ex girlfriends are “crazy” at least that’s what they say about them, after they have devalued and discarded them like a piece of used trash. 1 in 7 people are this type of narcissist. Those who walk among us.

    • akasti says:

      Strange that He and his music is claimed to be responsible for these shootings (as if art blocks the brain and its thiking and etical capacity) While The gun themselfes is not seen as an inspration to take life (when in fact it is a weapons sole purpose). So can an organisation like NRA be narcissistic ? – I think so.

    • Margaret Cosentino says:

      I agree. Manson has given thoughtful, sensible responses to accusations. He hasn’t displayed any of the traits of NPD, unless you count being in the spotlight as a performer whose style is more goth & theatrical than most mainstream artists.

  2. Anne says:

    Also probably meant they needed more attention, that the guys had never had any or had any parental guidance at all, and that they were more psychopathic and falling under the spectrum of Antisocial Personality Disorder than NPD as even APD lack empathy. Anywhere were bullying has taken place and driven a child to feel such anger (as it was said they were) would cause a personality disorder and thoughts of revenge if it was traumatic enough for them. Especially if they were also on any meds for ADD or ADHD etc. Who knows.

    I would also say that Manson’s success (re his target audience) is based around him being as he is – weird and almost psychotic persona, and possibly could be an act, but as an act, it’s not condusive to show his “feelings” or too much in the way of “empathy” in any interview as he would come across as human and that’s not the whole point with his “persona”.

    The very fact he showed empathy towards the actual perpetrators to me illustrated that he was be able to get beyond hating them and feel sorry for them knowing possibly that they had to be troubled in some way. It’s a given he would have felt for the victims, but sometimes society can be cruel in rejecting people or having that “mob mentality” if you study the psychological affects of mobbing, and drives people to do desperate things when they are pushed into a corner and also neglected by their families? Or not guided properly by their families.

  3. Gabriel says:

    I agree with Matt. Manson indicates that he thought that the shooters were neglected and if someone had noticed their repeated cries for help then their aggression could have been minimized. So yeah they needed more attention but not in an arrogant way that you have claimed. In addition, your references are cringeworthy, especially for someone that claims that they attended a university.

  4. Wendy says:

    Well, that’s a pretty good list. However, you somehow forgot LEANN RIMES!!!!! OMG!!! SHE’S THE WORST YET!! You also left out Omarosa, Justin Bieber, Niaomi Campbell, Joan Rivers

  5. I dont think marlon manson is cold harted.I could be wrong.If anything his stlye and persona might be his spirits way of spoofing the narr people and collective society.Good behavior does not get noticed much.Neither are nice kids noticed that much.Maybe its because most people are spiritualy dead zombies.If someone is driven nuts by the society they are in theres a chance they will go nuts on the society they are in.People need to know and take seriously that all life should be honered.They should also know that every body does not express love the same way.Horror movies often show what can happen when you scape goat a person.Most people that get picked on are nice,they are thought to be a safe target.Any human being if abused enough will get angry Temporary insanity.Some, the true narrcicist are already angry and they carefully target certain people.People that are disturbed by goth,or alternative clothing and make up are usually just terrified of who they actually are.

    • montychristo86 says:

      I agree with you totally. I have no problem with bands that sound similar and look similar to Manson. In fact, it does show what can happen if you scapegoat a person.

      America, as a matter of fact, is the most scapegoating, narcissistic and ruthless nation ever. We hate ourselves but love the ideals depicted on magazine covers. We could care less about our fellow man or what is going on in the rest of the world, but we all tune in for American Idol. Even most American Christians are this way, unfortunately.

      However, scapegoating a person can also turn someone narcissistic, as I do indeed agree with the article that Adolf Hitler is narcissistic and so is Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, and Marilyn Manson.

      I know so about Manson because I was a fan of his music until 2009 before I became Christian. I know that none of his original bandmates are with him anymore, that he has alienated most of his fan base, that he his fine with being called Antichrist Superstar, but when someone vilifies him for something he actually did wrong – watch out! Most narcissists do act nice when they are with people that like them, but when they feel competition from someone or are told they are wrong, they throw a hissy fit.

      I agree that the Colombine massacre was due to bullying and scapegoating, not Manson. However, Manson still belongs on the list because of his character and treatment of those closest to him.

  6. partsdiva says:

    How about Tom Cruise, Jesse James, and Lance Armstrong?

  7. Shirley says:

    This article is ridiculous. Many of the people on your list were cold blooded killers. They weren’t just simply showing narcissistic traits. They were sociopathic, which is not the same thing as being a narcissist. Yes, the traits may be similar, but I assure you it is not the same. And in response to Marilyn Manson and what he said about the columbine shooting. He didn’t “simply deny responsibility.” What he was saying was that, rather than blaming a tragic event on a rock star (which, by the way, if you remember everything negative at the time, the media automatically blamed Manson.) Rather than blame a rock star, they should really look at, and try to fix the source of the problem. Which has only gotten worse. What he said was the truth. There was never any real evidence that the shooters even listened to Marilyn Manson. I’m not denying that Manson has narcissistic traits, but that statement alone does not suggest to me that he has a narcissistic personality disorder.

    Also, it should be noted that narcissism is something that everyone has the capability of showing. Everybody is narcissistic at times. Having the disorder is something different, and the occasional public mishap of many celebrities is not efficient evidance that they have the disorder.

    • Narc abuse survivor says:

      It is a spectrum disorder. My father has it. There is such a thing as a narcissistic Sociopath– which my father is. Arrogance and malignant narcissism are two totally different things. So a narcissist can absolutely be a sociopath or a psychopath.

      I agree, though, that people can’t be easily labeled with a personality disorder without testing. However, when you look at the dsm criteria and a person fits every point, it’s difficult not to make that assumption. I guess I’m sensitive to it since I grew up with it but I see it all over Hollywood and in politics. Many presidents and presidential nominees show, at the very least, a number of narcissistic traits, if not the full blown disorder. Donald trump appears to be a narcissistic sociopath and Hilary Clinton appears to be narcissistic as well. On the Hollywood front, Tom cruise definitely shows traits of a malignant narcissist. His scrutiny of Brooke Shields’ depression and his projections on her were just awful. I can’t even stomach his movies anymore. I agree with OJ being on the list 100%! Talk about a lack of empathy, gaslighting, projecting…!

      I wish there was greater awareness of mental illness. It makes me sick that the cycle continues yet we glorify it in Hollywood, sports and politics. It turns my stomach. These people are paid big bucks to glorify themselves and often get away with downright abuse. It’s disgusting.

      Oh, and one more thing, don’t be fooled by noble acts!!! Narcissists often try to appear to be noble or rescuers for the adoration they receive. Some have noble charitable causes. Some even go so far as to adopt children so as to appear noble but abuse those children behind closed doors. Sometimes the “pillar of the community” is the sickest sociopath you’ll ever meet…

      • Stu623 says:

        Don’t know that I’ve ever read something, from someone who I am assuming is not a practicing physician in this area, be more correct & for the most part, on the money!

        I totally agree with your summation and the entire point of view. Well done.

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  8. ian says:

    I’ve only known one person who became famous, and back then she was the biggest narcissist I’d ever met or would ever meet. It scares me to think that ALL famous people are just narcissists. But she’s also gotten a lot of flak from the media for her narcissist treatment of others, so maybe not all famous people are narcissists.

  9. Fred says:

    Axl Rose… Disagree with Manson, as well.

  10. montychristo86 says:

    Manson is a narcissist, not even because of the Colombine shooters and his reaction to them. All you have to do is listen to one of his top songs, “The Beautiful People”

    “Hey you, what do you see?
    Something beautiful something free?
    “Hey you, are you trying to be mean?
    When you live with apes man it’s hard to be clean?”

    That song and the entire album “Antichrist Superstar”, which it comes from, is a narcissist’s manifesto, as are all his albums. He even goes as far on the song “Cake and Sodomy” to call himself “the God of f%^#”. He supposedly hates how people view him as a villain, yet he enjoys the persona of being one.

    I agree the reference is off, but Manson is full of himself. Just look at how much his record sales have declined. On THE TWINS OF EVIL TOUR, which he shared with Rob Zombie, he claimed he could “kick [Rob Zombie’s] a%#!”. Also, he never even gave Scott Mitchell (his co-founding band member) the cold shoulder by not even crediting him with the guitar work on Antichrist Superstar. The list goes on and on…

    I know because I used to be a big fan of his until 2009 before I gave my life to Christ, as I was a big fan of narcissism until I went to Christian counseling.

  11. debbie says:

    Obama is a narcissistic through and through.

    • Deb Mac says:

      You’d better look up the definition of narcissism debbie… Obama is the exact opposite. You just don’t like him ..obviously!

      • Anonymoose says:

        Obama is a blatant narcissist who also scores in the psychopathic range of the PCL-R.

      • Emmie Sue says:

        I agree with you, Deb Mac. Obama is always being dissed as a narcissist by the “cabal”, He is anything but a narcissist.

        • Ya know, with everything you folks are saying,whatever your assumptions are about whomever,does it really matter to those that are actually living with,or n a relationship with a N. Not really,cause y’all aren’t the ones who are living with a self centered,greedy, vebally abusive person,who thinks only of what they want and how to get it. None of which affects you folks that are saying this or that person is a N. Y’all need to stop! Who gives a flying _____- what celeberty,or whomever is one? I certainly don’t, because I don’t have to live with them,and I won’t be with his one much longer! Moral of this,” If you find yourself in relationship with a N GET THE HECK AWAY FROM THEM!!!!! You are not gonna change them because they are of the oppion that EVERYTHING that goes wromg, is wrong in their world is your fault. They hide money,other relationship,their real personalities from outsiders, ect.! Everything that is good is for the N ! OMG, you have decide if you want a peaceful life’with a chance at a normal relationship or heck just PEACE and taking care of yourself, and finding some degree of happiness, cause you are never gonna be happy with a N! That’s a FACT!!!!! Heck they need you around to put you down so that they can feel better about their selves! So to those who have gotten away, are planning to get away, I say GOD’ speed! To those that choose to stay, Y’All have my empathy!!!

  12. Asnya says:

    Karl Marx, maybe?

  13. Andy says:

    I agree with debbie. Narcissists wear a mask of decency and empathy. I also feel that Obama is a narcissist. I am not totally sure because he seems to have a harmonious marriage. That would argue against it. But everything else is there.

  14. Bill A says:

    This list is silly. Narcissism isn’t a label to stick on people we don’t like. It is a condition that deeply effects those who are close to it. Obama a narcissist, Marilyn Manson, Paris Hilton? You can’t know someone well enough through TV and the Internet to make that kind of evaluation. To really know someone as a narcissist you have to have a close relationship with them, your father, your mother, your partner, your supervisor, etc.

    Just because a sociopathic mass-murderer has narcissistic tendencies doesn’t make them a ‘narcissist’. Sociopathy is a different level and it just clouds the definition of narcissism to include them in this list.

  15. Ren says:

    I would add Zahi Hawass (famous egyptologist) to the list. He is a narcissist if there ever was one. Seriously, watch a few of his documentaries. He is absolutely repulsive to watch and openly admits that everyone is beneath him.

    And I really don’t think that marilyn manson is a narcissist, he just likes pretending to be one. But I could be wrong.

  16. diane says:

    Please people, as it says in the 2nd paragraph, this list doesn’t include everyone: “Let’s take a look at [some] of the famous people who show personality traits that suggest narcissism.” There’s other lists online too.

  17. Doug says:

    Obama is a narcissist to the core.

    Look up the definition if you disagree.

    It is the primary cause of his failed presidency. He doesn’t listen. He doesn’t learn. He always blames others. In his mind he is never wrong. He prefers adoring crowds at fund raisers to managing people and making decisions.

    Nacissists make good dictators but awful POTUS.

    • Joe says:

      I believe Obama does listen. I also believe so many congressmen are undeserving of being listened to. Perhaps the entire political environment is so toxic that people with any shred of humanity left are largely repulsed by it and thus, only narcissists who love hearing themselves talk are the only ones willing subject themselves to this environment.

      • Brian says:

        Obama, Bush, Clinton… All Narcississts…

      • Carrie says:

        Joe I could not agree with you more. It is our government officials such as Congress and Senators that are narcissists. I am amazed at the people who fail to notice that our country is based off of the “Capitalistic Ideology” which if you ask me creates narcissists. And that is why there is such a lack of balance in our society. Power, money and the need to feel far more superior than others is a reflection of our leaders. That is why 3% of our countries riches belong to those who have control and do not know what empathy really is.

    • Sandra P says:

      Well don’t vote for Donald Trump because he is the ultimate narcissist!

    • Dennis says:

      Obama is not a narcissist. The only way to claim that is to close your eyes to reality. Failed presidency ? doesn’t listen to others ?? Doesn’t learn ??? Wow !!! You really DON’T have a clue, do you ? You are the reason we have to have instructions on shampoo…

    • Purple says:

      You just didn’t agree with minorities having civil rights.
      Obama isn’t perfect, he did things I hate. But he also improved civil rights more than any president since the civil war and voting rights. which are greatly under attack now by really malignant personality. We can only hope and pray that all you that are attracted to police states and forced religion don’t win out.

  18. Dedra Lewis says:

    I’m glad someone has since enough to speak the truth. Thanks Deb Mac. I understand not appreciating someone, but, don’t flat out lie! It takes a long time to build character, but, only a moment to tear it down. Personally, I’m not in the business of tearing down people instead, I choose to lift people up when they deserve it or just need an encouraging word. As for the others, I just pray for them and the instability of there mind. No one’s perfect on this earth, only GOD, THE FATHER! IJS

  19. Dezie says:

    Although I find your website on narcissists informative, I think you are crossing a line with this list where you have implicated a few celebrities based on weak rationale.

  20. JPJ says:

    Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto and his entire family all suffer from a degree of
    NPD. “Bobble-head” Ford was reciently booted from office and spends his time in chemo therapy fighting cancer. He is paying the price for living the narcissitic lifestyle.
    You could add Bill Cosby to this list now as well. He has no remorse about drugging/rapeing women.
    Juan Gomeshie….the Howard Stern wanna-be from CBC Canadian radio, is a full blown NPD case for sure.

  21. Lauren says:

    There is an important trait that is extremely important to be classified as a narcissist. Have a gigantic ego and enjoying one’s influence upon others is not in itself NPD. The most important trait, on top of granfiise self- image, having everything your way, is that the individual must find joy in causing destruction in anotger person’s life if that person poses a threat to their “way”. Another important trait is that they completely lack empathy of any kind.

    Most often, those with NPD do not actually have real successes of any kind. They like to think they do. Hitler and Bundy are classic make Narcissists. Paris Hilton may be but we do not have enough proof, though I suspect so based on her lack of empathy or humor. Madonna, no. She has a great deal of empathy and she is truly a self-made woman. She just has a gigantic ego. That In itself is not enough to be classified as NPD.

  22. Angelique says:

    On the “claim that Madonna used kabbalah fluid to neutralize radiation in a Ukrainian lake”:

    I was actually there, at that particularly bizarre event, several years ago, at the Kabbalah Center in Manhattan, on 48th street, between Lexington and Third avenue, and was invited by a dear friend, who was and still is a member.

    We went into a large conference type room, and there were boxes of bottled water stacked all around the walls of the room. Kabbalah water that we had to pray on, to infuse with our prayers. All the women were on the right side of the room, and Madonna was in the front row, about three rows in front of me, with some of her personal kabbalist aides, and I was staring her then husband Guy Ritchie, right in the face, across the room, on the left side of this room, where all the men were, and Guy Ritchie was dressed all in white, with a white kippah/ yamukah on top of his head, looking extremely pissed off, that he was even there. We all had to sing from the kabbalah book – and depending on the day of the week of the year, certain prayers and songs and verses are specific for that day.

    So there we all were, praying and singing on bottles of kabbalah water from a Canadian bottling source, that was to be sent to Lake Chernobyl, to be poured into Lake Chernobyl, to reduce the radiation in the lake, due to the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown of the reactors, back in April of 1986…

    The insanity of the situation I saw around me, including all the stacks of bottled water against the walls all around me in this room, and the fervor and belief (real/ false) of these people, jumping and dancing and singing with hands raised, told me “THIS IS A CULT, AND YOU HAVE GOT TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, AND NEVER ATTEND ANOTHER SESSION OF THIS BULLSHIT!!!”

  23. kym says:

    I suspect you have no credentials. Some of these people I absolutely don’t agree with. Elvis? Based on what? He was a drug addict but I don’t know of any malignant self love stories about him. I know he gave strangers expensive cars just to make them happy–he gave away something like seventy new cars. what bullshit to call him this.
    Marlon Brando? This guy clearly didn’t give a crap about being in the lime light–he turned down movies right and left as well as interviews. Johnny depp described him as incredibly generous. I think you’re seeing flamboyance as something you’re confusing with the clinical definition of narcissism. He got nothing for supporting native American causes for instance. Narcissism isn’t just any entertainer you see as flashy. Brando and Elvis were both famous for their EMPATHY. Get a clue.

    • What you see in public is not what you see behind closed doors. Narcissists are sometimes very generous, but there is a hidden motive…they are seeking narcissistic supply of some kind. Elvis may fit the description but only his targets would know the truth about him.

    • Mally says:

      Narcissists also fake empathy. Ask any survivor dumb as. Psychologists are fooled by them.
      GET A CLUE!

    • txcleo says:

      I’d like to second your opinion the Marlon Brando was not a narcissist. While this is merely one example, its a big one: When he won the Academy Award for best actor, instead of accepting the award and making a usual acceptance speech, he brought in a woman representing the American Indian Movement to speak instead of him. He gave up a big chance to bask in the limelight(the bread and butter for narcissists) and instead brought attention to an important Civil Rights issue. This example alone demonstrates his belief that there are things more important than oneself. While Brando may have had other psychological issues, NPD doesn’t seem likely. Paris Hilton is another I’d have a difficult time believing. While she’s certainly had some bad moments and made mistakes and is likely a bit snobby, she has a conscience and empathy towards others from interviews she’s done or shows she’s been in. Quite a few times during the Simple Life, she is the one pulling the duo back and telling Nicole that something is wrong or not nice.

  24. BMille says:

    I think any list of celebrity narcissists would have to include Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Bing Crosby, Britney Spears, Steven Segal, Lindsey Lohan, Miley Cyrus, several of the Kardashians, and most of the “housewives” on tv. And despite the good he did for MDA, Jerry Lewis. Narcissists often wear a mask of “goodness” and fool many people for a long time. Donating money/time to worthy causes does not erase the fact that one is a narcissist. In many cases…even huge donations of money are a drop in the bucket for the super wealthy. Look around them…in their families…in their private lives. Do they leave a wake of destruction in the people around them? Are they needy attention suckers? Being talented and/or wealthy, or “generous” does not negate the true nature of a narcissist.

  25. shirin maghami says:

    I am positive that the writer of article is wrong about Narcissistic Diagnosis,for the few people in above List. The example of error,IS :Charli Chaplin .He was very interested in people,had good sense of Empathy particularly for poor and deprived people. Also,I do not believe that Elvis was more narcissistic than other celebrities in the field of entertainment. I should mention that I am an expert in mental health field

  26. Joe says:

    I strongly feel George W. Bush fits here. Showing up on an aircraft carrier with a huge banner stating mission accomplished when the Iraq war was just getting started was symptomatic of narcissistic tendencies, or maybe just typical dry drunk behavior associated with such alcoholics like Bush.

    • Carrie says:

      Joe, I agree with that statement also. Most will never admit it but Bush Jr. was exactly one of the two. I also must admit when I lived in Texas it was not uncommon to find a lot of the men there with the same mentality. When I lived there women where to be viewed as a trophy and nothing more. The women there were very big Diva’s. Texas is now known as mini Hollywood because so much plastic surgery is in demand there. I thank God I live in another state because my views never fit any of theirs.

  27. John Smith says:

    Russell Brand is a perfect example as has stated on film that he always felf that he was born into the wrong family and that he should be famous.

  28. miss Nat says:

    Why isn’t Mariah Carey on this list?

  29. Jane says:

    Miley Cyrus?

  30. Sharon says:

    I think one of the biggest names in history is missing from your list. Queen Victoria was without a doubt a Narcissist. She had no empathy to her children what so ever and treated them with contempt.

  31. Michelle says:

    I think you need to go back to the text books. Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder though similar are not interchangeable, neither is sociopathy or psychopathy.

    Basically, a narcissist has an inflated ego and sense of self importance. Their character is based on fully believing how awesome they are. People with NPD look like they have an inflated sense of ego, but underneath it is a fear they aren’t good enough and self loathing. A Narcissist does not have self loathing.

  32. Spence says:

    What about Angelina Jolie? She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in the 1990’s!

  33. Grai Brad says:

    Barbra Streisand is the biggest nacissist of the lot Always insist in being photographed from the left side because it’s her best side And talking about herself as a great artist In fact ALL she talks about is herself She’s also notoriously difficult to work with Claiming that she’s controlling and domineering because she’s a perfectionist

  34. Cera Ward says:

    As others have pointed out, Marilyn Manson does not exhibit traits of narcissism, and his inclusion in this list casts doubt over whether or not the rest of the people on this list were similarly under-researched.

  35. Mally says:

    Read Robert Hare and Hervey Cleckley…Experts on psychopath. It will debunk all your uneducated comments and myths on the topic.

  36. Alice says:

    You could also add Nicolae Ceaușescu to that list. He evicted thousands of Bucharest dwellers, effectively making them homeless, to build his extravagant Palace of the People – the largest civilian building in the world. I visited Romania last summer and found the Romanians to be lovely, friendly people. But when you mentioned the name of Ceaușescu their expressions and complexions completely changed.

    • Ahriman says:

      You could add many dictators to the list.

      But on to Ceausescu… His forced breeding policy brought needless poverty and misery to his country, and deepened social schisms. And (mostly) because he wanted more siblings as a child? Another motivation was a racist one: increase the proportion of ethnic Romanians to that of gypsies. The Ceausescu regime should be required reading for those who believe that communism is incompatible with racism and sexism.

  37. Val says:

    Lance Armstrong– textbook. John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kardashians (duh). Bill Cosby (victim???), Mel Gibson. Bill Clinton (although I like him.) Tom Cruise (dork).

  38. Peter killelea says:

    Lee harvey oswald????
    Was a high ranking cia agent and spy
    To clump him as a lone nut narcsissist is 30 yrs behind in common knowledge info

  39. D.P. says:

    Marilyn Manson did not say, “They needed more attention”. He was asked, “if you could say anything to the Columbine shooters, what would you say?” He responded with, “I would not say anything to them, I would listen to what they had to say, which is what no one bothered to do?”

  40. f says:

    Please add Donald Trump.

  41. kc says:

    Someone once wrote an entire book just on the cars Elvis Presley gave away. Narcissism? I don’t think so. He had empathy–he would see someone looking longingly at a car and buy it for them. I have no idea where you got this idea. Because he dressed flamboyantly? Are you kidding me? He was strange, drug addicted, a world class insomniac, deeply insecure and scarred from a childhood of grinding poverty but he was no narcissist. Puh-lease. You don’t sound like a professional at this but just an interested amateur.

  42. Jeff Gonzalez says:

    I was just telling my friend Peter that his father is a narcissist and refuses to change his stand on admitting that Peter is his biological son. I can tell that William Shatner, peter’s biological father, is a narcissist just by the expression on his face, so I wasn’t surprised to see him on your list of famous people when looked it up on your site. He is in the process of trying to get William to do a court ordered DNA test to prove paternity. It’s very sad when a narcissist refuses to admit or change their views of anything regardlesspaternity. It’s very sad when a narcissist refuses to admit or change their views of anything.

  43. Rozanne says:

    I think this page might lead people to think that NPD is the same as psychopathy. I probably have NPD and I use Buddhism to help me combat my egotism. I don’t identify with people like Hitler. I am able to put myself in Hitler’s shoes but it is scary because, I believe in rebirth and divine retribution. I find his actions unspeakably evil.

    To be honest, I’m very disappointed that you didn’t find some better examples of narcissists who have normal traits and are otherwise normal, except from believing they are special compared to others. It is possible to believe that you are special and be very out of touch with the harsh realities of life (which is basically what a narcissist is suffering from, hence no gritty emotions)….at the same time as being an essentially kind and loving person who wishes the best for others.

    I’m not just saying this to protect my ego. I actually believe this is true. Before I learned how to have empathy and so forth (by doing Buddhist exercises in compassion) I never on one occasion put another person down verbally. I was sexually promiscuous so in that respect I didn’t have morals. But I couldn’t bear to let another person down, for example in a personal friendship or relationship. I had a very strong desire for the world’s suffering to decrease. Using myself as an example, therefore, I would say that it is possible to be a narcissist and have a big heart, even a sensitive heart.

    What many people don’t understand about Narcissists like myself (people who feel they are more spiritual than others) is that, half of our condition is about being detached from harsh realities of life. The other half of the condition is simply being uneducated in the art of displacing the ego.

    I may never completely remove the complexes which I have about feeling a cut above other people. But I have greatly improved my personality by spending long periods of time reflecting on the suffering of others, aiming to cherish others not myself, and reflecting on the inherent non-satisfactory of life.

    • Rene says:

      You may have some narcissistic traits, but you do not appear to have full fledged Narcissistic Personality Disorder…if so you would never try to improve your personality or develop compassion.

  44. Guest says:

    Gwen Stefani should be #1 on this list. The woman kissed her own wax figure at Madam Tussauds on the lips and constantly takes pics of herself on social media and needs constant admiration.

  45. Mike Tree says:

    Your list left out Yoko Ono. She has a grandiose self-image and thinks of herself as a gifted musician and originator of the conceptual art movement. She used John Lennon for her own person gain of fame, fortune and celebrity, and has no empathy for others.

  46. Nick says:

    I would actually have to disagree with Madonna. While she might be out of the limelight, when she was young she wrote the BOOK on self promotion for the talentless. She has an IQ of 155. She was a young woman with very little talent who made herself a superstar based on her self promotion which in turn led to making a BUNCH of money. She still has no talent.

    Joseph Stalin was a sociopath more so then a narcissist, the first four on your list were absolute sociopaths, don’t confuse them with narcissists. I would also have to disagree with Elvis and I think you are off base with Alec Baldwin. Look at the facts, AB marries beautiful woman (Kim Basinger), KB turns out to have serious mental health issues, they divorce, she actively keeps from seeing his daughter to the point of spending 1.5 million dollars to attorneys and he acts out.

    How you could leave Lance Armstrong off the list perplexes me. The guy was not only a cheat, he destroyed peoples lives over a bicycle race. To this day when I see someone wearing a yellow rubber bracelet, I think narcissist until proven wrong.

  47. fdsfdf says:

    Manson isn’t a narcissist. Just read some interviews and videos on him before jumping to conclusions. The Columbine shootings he felt bad about but is blameless for, as he had nothing to do with them. That was a stupid a*s person who just so happened to like his music.

  48. Richard says:

    I find it no coincidence that Donald Trump has narcissistic disorder How easy this can be used by other That is what worries me.

  49. kg says:

    British rock singer Gary Numan. Notorious over here in the UK for his shocking self-obsession. Manipulates his fans with the “little old me act” but we haven’t forgotten the stuff he spouted in the past. Hides behind Asperger syndrome excuse which is an insult to me because he never been diagnosed.

  50. David says:

    Jesus H. Christ. You f*****g left off Barack Obama. How do you do this? How do you possibly leave him off this list?

  51. FatherShame says:

    My eldest son is solid malignant somatic NPD & I cannot begin 2 explain the hurt, deception, manipulation and ‘lying’ (since age 5) 2 his mother & I (who in turn believes EVERYTHING her child (29) says to her). I always thought it was someone else trying 2 ruin our relationship, happiness & sanity but it was him all along. He terrorizes his young wife, bullies her & gaslighting & pejorative projection has become her reality. Too young, imature (22) & insecure 2 attempt life on her own; we both hurt for her, & r waiting 4 the day ‘the call’ comes concerning her safety, sanity & FREEDOM & we WILL b there 4 that young ‘lady’. My youngest allows his brother 2 rub off on him by lying to Mom & I & being indignant when called on it, I hurt so deep inside when my youngest lies, so hurt. I love my wife, my life, & our futures too much 2 allow our ‘loving (lying), generous (selfish), magnanimous (toxic) ‘bundle of joy created out of love’ 2 control, deceive & gaslight us all the way 2 the rubber room, poor house or divorce court. He got kicked out of the service after getting in trouble 4 abusing his soldiers & LIES 2 his own family about ‘getting out on his own terms’, like we don’t know the truth? His officers called my wife while I was at work & basically said “he has NO business in front of others, handling a gun or being TRUSTED w anything concerning other soldiers (delusional and mentally cruel in every sense). I have no regrets in life except that one night we loved each other & in the process created a monster. Yes, my wife & I wear our responsibility in this with a blanket of shame, despair & bewilderment. It’s always my wife’s fault or mine, never his! Is it possible that my son is just a sick a*s**** who won’t see a doctor?A big fat solid resounding “Y E S”! My wife cries too much over him that it just drives my hurt deeper as I can’t take her pain away.. Dear world: Yes, it is ‘MY’ fault 4 everything that boy does & will do in the future as ‘someone’ needs 2 b responsible4 his daily acts of toxicity.. I figured I’d throw that out there as he would cut out his own eye’s b4 speaking the truth… please forgive us, we actually made the mistake of being in love (still are) & wanting 2 bring a beautiful child into the world we share – “sincerely, I am so very sorry”. DON’T HAVE ‘KIDS’ PRIOR TO 30!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Respectfully, a very hurt & regretful Father who only wanted 2 be…’Dad’.

    • Dolly says:

      If hes been a narc since a wee child where did he get it from. Npd is caused by trauma or emotional neglect abuse by upbringing so what did you guys do to him cos you seem like you have a lot of sincerity. Confused.

  52. Kerry says:

    I agree with not being able to label narcissts through media, you have to know the person, feel the pain they inflict on you, hence many narcissts are outed by their children, we have lived it, some people are labelling narcissts who just have arrogance, I could be absolutely wrong, but trump is a big headed arrogant man, narcissts are much much more than this.

  53. Maria says:

    Just a minor correction: That photo in the beginning is not of Adolf Hitler…it is a 1920 “ghost spirit” photo by english photographer William Hope of an unnamed man…

  54. kevin fitzmaurice-brown says:

    Charlie Chaplin ? Wrote some of the most powerful anti fascist words ever written. Is he on this list because he refused to become a USA citizen and was a socialist ? There are some who are most decidedly NPD on this list. but it seems to me the persona responsible for this list should take a little examination themselves .

  55. vicky says:

    Madonna, Paris Hilton, and Marilyn Manson are on this list with a bunch of psychopaths?? Good grief. Madonna has done a lot of good things (yes, I know narcs can do good deeds to aggrandize themselves, but non-narcs can do things out of actual concern for others). I don’t she comes across as a narcissist. Gosh, imagine an incredibly successful person being confident. As for Paris Hilton, she’s just a two-bit celebrity, you might as well add ALL of them, she doesn’t stand out at all. Where’s the Kardashian/Jenner clan?

  56. Hans says:

    Narcissism isn’t only being ego-centric, it’s much more than that. It’s hard to understand exactly what narcissism is unless you have been in an abusive relationship with a narcissist. Narcissist commonly don’t show signs to people that they are terrible, and mostly only abuse people extremely close to them (like their children or significant other)… I’m sorry I was abused by a narc and it was a terrible experience, people from the outside cannot tell if someone is a narc or not… Just because a celeb seems full of themselves/lacks empathy doesn’t mean they have the disorder.. It’s actually this huge deep thing and if you want more info do research. I’m really upset now.

  57. Hans says:

    Narcissism isn’t only being ego-centric, it’s much more than that. It’s hard to understand exactly what narcissism is unless you have been in an abusive relationship with a narcissist. Narcissist commonly don’t show signs to people that they are terrible, and mostly only abuse people who are suppose extremely close to them (like their children or significant other)… I’m sorry I was abused by a narc and it was a terrible experience, people from the outside cannot tell if someone is a narc or not… Just because a celeb seems full of themselves/lacks empathy doesn’t mean they have the disorder.. It’s actually this huge deep thing and if you want more info do research. I’m really upset now.

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