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Narcissistic Personality Disorder

I read an incredibly interesting article in the FT Weekend magazine about narcissism.

It includes this list of character traits which are typical of a victim of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Strikes me that it might be pretty common…

NPD – the diagnosis

A victim of narcissistic personality disorder will exhibit at least five of the following traits

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance

2. A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

3. A belief that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

4. A requirement for excessive admiration

5. A sense of entitlement – unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

6. Interpersonal exploitativeness – taking advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

7. A lack of empathy and an unwillingness to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others

8. Enviousness of others – along with the belief that others are envious of him or her

9. A tendency to arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV

Today’s great idea

I just had a brilliant idea after a to-and-fro with @wonky_donky and @CMRLee on Twitter.

Why the hell hasn't Panini done a "Panini yourself" iPhone app for the World Cup?

It would be simplicity itself. Take a pic of yourself or a friend, select a hairstyle (mullet, naturally), tracksuit (Denmark '78), generate a suitably European name (Marcus Pinshofster), send it to your mates.

(New social media catchphrase. Just watch, everyone will be using it soon.)

My new favourite iPhone app

I caught the Gadget Show on TV last night and the team named their five favourite mobile applications. The only one I could remember this morning was the Photoshop Mobile app for the iPhone. It's free and it's a beauty, allowing for a decent selection of very quick and easy tweaks to photos taken with the iPhone (or stored on it).

Mucking around with a pic I took on the phone a couple of weeks back near Leicester Square (my little boy loves Minis, particularly racing ones) I quickly knocked up the different versions you can see here. The original pic is the first.

Lovely little application.

Back on the bike for Cancer Research

This a picture of my son and his good mate Jack. Jack’s known as Big Jack round these parts because my lad, Jacques, is the little one.

Yesterday, February 4th 2010, Big Jack was diagnosed with cancer. He’s only 9 years old. It’s devastating news and we’re all still reeling from it.

Looking on the bright side (and you have to) the doctors are relatively positive that two months of intense chemotherapy will stand a good chance of dealing with the tumour and that surgery will not be necessary.

I’d already been planning this year’s charity bike ride (many will know that for the past couple of years a bunch of mates and I have hauled our sorry middle-aged backsides onto unforgiving racing bikes and pedaled across various bits of European countryside for charity). However, I hadn’t, as yet, decided on which charity to support in 2010. I have now and, unsurprisingly, I’ll be raising money for Cancer Research.

You can donate online here and anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.