narcissism and leadership, the hermit, the changing image of nurses

Narcissistic people most likely to emerge as leaders

When a group is without a leader, you can often count on a narcissist to take charge, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that people who score high in narcissism tend to take control of leaderless groups.  Narcissism is a trait in which people are self-centered, exaggerate their talents and abilities, and lack empathy for others.

“Not only did narcissists rate themselves as leaders, which you would expect, but other group members also saw them as the people who really run the group,” said Amy Brunell, lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University at Newark.

“It’s not surprising that narcissists become leaders. They like power, they are egotistical, and they are usually charming and extraverted.  But the problem is, they don’t necessarily make better leaders.”

Narcissists, by definition, are self-centered and overconfident in their own abilities.

In comparison to participatory democracy like that of the ancient Greeks, this is one of the pitfalls of a representational democracy like ours. One of America’s greatest, and in many ways untapped resources, is the number of quiet thoughtful intelligent people. Unfortunately, if they”re in government  they’re behind the scenes. They don’t actually do the leading. They would generally not want to go through the public rough and tumble of running for office.

The Hermit by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Major research project highlights the changing face of nurses in films over the last 100 years

Dr Stanley says his research has revealed significant changes in the way nurses have been portrayed in films over the last century.

“In early films, nurses were seen predominantly as heroines, romantic leads, sex objects or self-sacrificial carers, with the First World War featuring in many storylines.

“More recently there is evidence of film makers moving away from the stereotypical themes of the past.

“Nurses today are represented as much more than angels and devils, doormats and divas, as films start to recognise that nursing provides fertile ground for a wide range of plot devices.

“Now they are often portrayed as intelligent, strong and passionate characters and film makers are increasingly turning to nursing characters who offer a broader, deeper and authentic representation of modern nurses and nursing.”

They note nurse characters first started to be portrayed for the first time as mean or devious in the 60s. Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher – best actress Oscar) of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest comes to mind, but that was the 70s. Fascinating character, an emotional and probably physical sadist, the symbol of a system where the keepers/leaders were more disturbed then the patients. I’ve had friends and been attended by a male nurse in an emergency room, but I can’t remember a TV show or movie that featured male nurses. Its still thought of as a woman’s profession.

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The Hate Machine & The Lynch Mob

I was just on Fox News (sorry, I don’t have the clip, but if anyone does, please post it) and National Review’s Rich Lowry – a reliable cog in the Right Wing Hate Machine – did his best to try to drive the conversation into one that uses William Ayres to liken Barack Obama to a terrorist. I responded that the conservative movement simply doesn’t want to talk about the economic crisis, or John McCain’s Keating Five past – a past that helped set the stage for the current crisis. Hilariously, Lorwy called the Keating Five affair “old news” while simultaneously asserting that Ayres crimes from 40 years ago when Barack Obama was 8 years old is somehow “new.”

Its not unlike a heated argument where someone thinks they’re losing so they go for the most hurtful or hateful rhetoric to get the upper hand.