Narcissism & Hezbollah
Hezbollah is a classic case of mass-narcissism. The organization behaves collectively as a mega narcissistic entity (Arabic:الكيان النرجسي). Its individual members are also narcissistic. There should be no surprise about this diagnosis: Hezbollah (Arabic: "حزب الله") is a Quranic expression and classic Arabic for "those which are with God." In modern Arabic, the word 'Hezb' (Arabic: حزب) has come to also mean "party" as in "political party." As such, in modern Arabic, Hezbollah also means "Party of God;" however, at the time of the revelation of the Qur'an to Prophet Muhammad, PBUH&HF, the concept of political parties was still non-existent among the Arabians. Indeed, the concept of organized political parties emerged among the nations of Europe during the Age of Enlightenment and then made its way to the Arab and Islamic Worlds as the major European powers colonized them. In 1982, the pro-Absolute Velayat-e Faqih founders of so-called Hezbollah chose (rather stole) the name of their party from the Holy Words of the Qur'an. Ever since, the ideologues and demagogues of Hezbollah have been marketing their party as the literal, true to fact, Party of God. They ignored the Islamic fact that "Hezbollah: those which are with God" is a term for all devout people, in all times, all places, and all universes, and shamelessly monopolized it and God for themselves. Tell me that is not narcissistic!?
There are further flaws in the naming of this organization: Hypocrisy! Day and night, the demagogues of Hezbollah preach anti-Western hatred among its adherents, yet they chose a Western party political system for their organization. Indeed, the preferred title of Hassan Nasrallah is "Secretary General" ("سماحة الأمين العام"), a non-Islamic Western title.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
- has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
- is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
- requires excessive admiration
- has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
- is inter-personally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
- lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
- shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Vulnerability in self-esteem makes individuals with this disorder very sensitive to criticism or defeat. Although they may not show it outwardly, criticism may haunt these individuals and may leave them feeling humiliated, degraded, hollow, and empty. They may react with disdain, rage, or defiant counterattack. Their social life is often impaired due to problems derived from entitlement, the need for admiration, and the relative disregard for the sensitivities of others. Though their excessive ambition and confidence may lead to high achievement; performance may be disrupted due to intolerance of criticism or defeat. Sometimes vocational functioning can be very low, reflecting an unwillingness to take a risk in competitive or other situations in which defeat is possible. Individuals with this disorder have special difficulties adjusting to growing old and losing their former 'superiority'.
Histrionic Personality Disorder; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Borderline Personality Disorder; Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder; Schizotypal Personality Disorder; Paranoid Personality Disorder; Manic Episodes; Hypomanic Episodes; Personality Change Due to a General Medical Condition; symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance use.