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 fantasise 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

Disclaimer: This list is pure speculative. Its not a fact these people have NPD but they are showing Narcissistic Tendencies.

  • 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:

He was self- centered, preoccupied with power, control, prestige, and grandiosity thinking.

Joseph Stalin:

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:

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:

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. 

Marilyn Manson:

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:

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

Paris Hilton:

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

Madonna

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