Background

Somatic Narcissists as Wannabe Gurus/Intellectuals

Uploaded 1/12/2023, approx. 6 minute read

Ah, red wine, a man's best friend. I just got rid of one, not wine, a fake friend, fake former best friend. Okay, today's topic has nothing to do with him.

Of course, I'm going to discuss somatic narcissists.

In 1995, I coined the phrases somatic narcissists and cerebral narcissists to describe two types of narcissists.

The somatic narcissist derives narcissistic supply from his looks and the way he uses his body.

For example, sexual conquests.

The cerebral narcissist derives narcissistic supply from intellectual pyrotechnics, from his intelligence, from the way he uses ten dollar words. Ring the bell? Okay, Shoshanim, my name is Sam Baknin. I'm the author of Malignant Self-Love, Narcissism Revisited. I am also, yes, a professor of psychology at several universities, most notablyCEAS, Center for International Advanced Professional Studies, the Outreach Program of the CEAS Consortium of Universities. And today we are going to discuss somatic narcissists who pretend to be cerebral narcissists, the worst conceivable kind, snakes in the grass.

Clinicallya narcissist who pretends to be the wrong of the wrong type is a covert narcissist. So a somatic narcissist who pretends to be cerebral is clinically a covert narcissist, covert because his true nature is hidden. He's lying about who he is. Sometimes he's lying even to himself about who he is, a form of self-deception.

But in most cases, he knows very well that he's deceiving people.

Narcissists who pretend to be cerebral are a serious threat because they claim intelligence, wisdom, sagacity, knowledge that they don't have, that they don't have. They appear to have it, but they actually don't have it.

In other words, they are con artists.

Okay, let's delve right in.

They are grotesque caricatures of masculinity, buff, deformed, veined, musculature, you know the type. They are like tightly packed meat packages. They have slicked, gel oozing hair, ostentatious tattoosand pants too tight so as to emphasize the crotch.

This is a typical, not stereotypical, but typical picture of the kind of somatic narcissist that I'm talking about.

The internet gave rise to a new breed of gurus, coaches, self-help advisorsand self-styled experts. These mostly men spend more time in the gym and in nightclubs than they ever spend in libraries and museums.

ActuallyI doubt that they ever frequent libraries and museums. Their natural habitats are gymswhere they spend hours a day, hours a day honing their bodies into perfect weapons. They weaponize their bodies.

And they spend hours in the evening, snorting coke or doing worse in nightclubs. These are covert somatic narcissists who often pose as empathic. They pretend to be co-dependent victims, saviors, healers.

All this is intended, bottom line, to lure women to engage in sex and then cruelly dispatch them on their waysometimes in the middle of the night.

But you could ask, all a somatic narcissist needs is sexual conquest.

Yes, but this particular type of somatic narcissist is envious of the intelligence and intellect of the cerebral narcissist. He wants to have it all. He wants to have a perfect body, sexual conquestsand to be considered a public intellectual. Sexual conquests are not enough for these delusional and vinglorious megalomaniacs.

These somatic narcissists also posture and pose as sages and visionaries. These cerebral wannabes pontificate these pew, half-baked and ill-informed conspiracy theories in prompt to analysis, inane observations and stupid opinions in fields as diverse as philosophy and science and without any qualifications to do soformal or informal. Con artists, didn't I say? These people, these somatic covert narcissist wannabes cerebras, they get most of the information disastrously wrong because they don't have the tools to get it right. And if they don't have information, they just make it up as they go along, as they self-importantly aspire to pretend that brain and brain are interchangeable, which they are not.

These somatic covert narcissists have a dream.

Their dream is to be cerebral.

What they do, they often team up with intellectually superior cerebral narcissistsand then they appropriate, they plagiarize, they steal the work of these intellectuals, of these intelligence cerebral narcissists. They simply steal itand they bask in the purloined gloryor they attribute to themselves this work.

That's what they do.

They are like cuckoo, cuckoo birds.

They stumble only when they are on their own, when they are not in the presence or together with the cerebral narcissists, because when they are on their own, they are incapable of generating a single original idea.

It's all about stealing other people's work.

They are never creative. They are never original. They don't truly comprehend even the material that they have stolen.

They just parrot. They just mimic. They just imitate. It's all mimicry.

Some of these somatic cerebral narcissists are smooth talkers. Some of them disguise their essential vacuity and endless stream of nonsense effectivelybecause they know how to put together resounding sound bites, verbiage, pronouncing words like dissociation wrongly and awash in malapropismsbut still palatable to the layman's ear.

Other somatic overt narcissists engage in displays of aggression or nauseating eroticism. They are creepy to the last. Most of them are psychopaths cloaking themselves in the mantle of saviors and healers. They are a serious danger to society and to everyone who crosses their path.

It's about time. We should expose them, point fingers at them.

You've all seen them on YouTube. You've all seen that they're puffed up chests as they brainwash gullible and malleable people into submission as they form cowls around themselves.

[BLANK_AUDIO].

If you enjoyed this article, you might like the following:

Narcissist, His Body, Other Bodies (35th Psychosomatic Medicine Conference 2018 Video Presentation)

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses the relationship between narcissists and their bodies, focusing on somatic narcissists who derive attention using their body and sexuality. Somatic narcissists often misjudge their bodies and dedicate significant time and effort to reshaping and improving them. The cerebral narcissist, on the other hand, devalues their body and focuses on their intellect. Vaknin also explores how narcissists react to their own illnesses and accidents, as well as the illnesses and disabilities of their children.


Body Narcissism: Tattoos, Gym Rats, Bodybuilders, Fashionistas, Sex Fiends

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses the conflicted relationship people have with their bodies, which is amplified in narcissism. He explains that both somatic and cerebral narcissists regard their bodies as a persecutory object, an enemy, and react with compulsive rituals and dissociation. Somatic narcissists derive narcissistic supply by using their bodies in various ways, such as through extreme sports, bodybuilding, and sexual activities. On the other hand, cerebral narcissists derive supply by displaying and leveraging their intellect. The lecture also delves into the concept of "othering" and its impact on narcissistic development, as well as the differences in the relationship with the body between somatic and cerebral narcissists.


Shameful Core of Covert Narcissist: Inferior Vulnerability Compensated

The text discusses the role of shame in narcissism, distinguishing between grandiose overt narcissism and covert vulnerable narcissism. It explores shame's impact on behavior and the differences between the two types of narcissism. The author references various studies and theories to support the idea that shame is a central feature of vulnerable narcissism and its association with mental illness and addictive behaviors. The text also highlights the need for a more nuanced understanding of narcissism and its relationship with shame.


Mortified Narcissist Hoovers YOU to Self-soothe

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses the topics of modification and hoovering in relation to narcissism. He explains how modification contributes to the regulation of moods in narcissists and the transition from one type of narcissist to another. Additionally, he delves into the concept of hoovering and its connection to the narcissist's need to restore grandiosity, punish the partner, and condition their behavior.


How Narcissist Is Mortified

Narcissistic behavior can be modified through treatment, but pathological narcissism is unchangeable. Narcissists have empathic aphantasia, meaning they cannot visualize other people in an empathic way. The misinformation effect is a bigger problem for narcissists than for normal people because they have severe problems with their memory and are dissociative. The longer the delay between the presentation of the original event and the post-event information, the more likely it is that individuals will incorporate the misinformation into the new memory.


Overt+Covert Narcissist in One Person: Self-supply (44:17), Binary Narcissism

Professor Sam Vaknin discusses the concept of a binary system in narcissism, where both overt and covert narcissistic self-states coexist within an individual. This rare condition occurs when the overt narcissist collapses and fails to transition into a covert narcissist, resulting in both self-states being active simultaneously. This creates internal conflict and dissonance, as the overt self-state attacks the covert self-state, generating self-supply for both. The educational sublimatory channel, which encourages humility, healthy supply, self-esteem, honest communication, and empathy, can be used as a potential healing mechanism in therapy for individuals with this binary system.


Old-age Narcissist

Narcissists age without grace, unable to accept their fallibility and mortality. They suffer from mental progeria, aging prematurely and finding themselves in a time warp. The longer they live, the more average they become, and the wider the gulf between their pretensions and accomplishments. Few narcissists save for rainy days, and those who succeed in their vocation end up bitterly alone, having squandered the love of family, offspring, and mates.


Amnesiac Narcissist's Selective Memory: It's All About Narcissistic Supply!

The author describes his experience of dissociative amnesia, where he has no recollection of events, people, or emotions. He questions why some memories are retained while others are discarded, and concludes that he only retains information that can help him elicit narcissistic supply from others. He alters his biography to suit his audience and forgets what he has said soon after. He feels like a series of still frames, trapped in a two-dimensional existence, and craves adulation from his audience.


Narcissist's Pathological Space: His Kingdom

The pathological narcissistic space is a geographical area, group of people, or an abstract field of knowledge in which the narcissistic pathology reaches its full expression and effectiveness. It is a territorially expanded false self that is achieved via sources of narcissistic supply. The existence of the pathological narcissistic space is independent of the existence of sources of narcissistic supply. The pathological narcissistic space constantly consumes and drains narcissistic supply, and it generates negative narcissistic accumulation.


Shame, Guilt, Codependents, Narcissists, and Normal Folks

Shame motivates normal people and those suffering from cluster B personality disorders, but it motivates them differently. Shame constitutes a threat to normal people's true self, and it constitutes a threat to the false self of narcissism. There are two varieties of shame when we talk about narcissists in effect. There is narcissistic shame, which is the narcissist's experience of the grandiosity gap and its affective correlate. The greater the conflict between grandiosity and reality, the bigger the gap and the greater the narcissist's feelings of shame and guilt.

Transcripts Copyright © Sam Vaknin 2010-2024, under license to William DeGraaf
Website Copyright © William DeGraaf 2022-2024
Get it on Google Play
Privacy policy