Relativity

A bad day at sea

Is, oh so much, better than

Good days in D.C.

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Original Photo by Mike LaRocca.                   Digital image manipulation by Andy Garrabrant

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Mr. F 60.8

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others’ feelings. People affected by this disorder often spend a lot of time thinking about achieving power or success, or about their appearance. They often take advantage of the people around them. The behavior typically begins by early adulthood, and occurs across a variety of situations. Subtypes include an “overt” or “grandiose” subtype, characterized by grandiosity, arrogance, and boldness. Those with “narcissistic grandiosity” express behavior through interpersonally exploitative acts, lack of empathy, intense envy, aggression, and exhibitionism. Individuals with NPD generally do not seek treatment and have poor insight and fail to recognize their perception and behavior as inappropriate and problematic due to their excessively positive self-image. Prognosis for treatment is generally poor and is associated with slower treatment progress and higher dropout rates.

Sound familiar?

Who Let The Droogs Out?

Three times now, since Tuesday,

They’ve been there with their guns,

Four young men in camo tees

Lounging against the tailgate.

Their presence isn’t new; they’ve been there many days,

Lounging against the tailgate

Rapt in friendly conversation;

There without their guns.

I see them now in different light

Than I did those days before;

These four young men in camo tees,

Lounging against the tailgate,

With their pistols on their hips,

Rapt in guarded conversation.