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Narcissistic Personality Disorder:The Terminator's Disease?

Schwarzenegger's Crime Wasn't Cheating on his Wife. It was Deceiving the Voters of California

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s crime, if you can call it that, wasn’t his womanizing, infidelity and hiding the love child he had. It was cheating the voters of California in what arguably could be considered an election fraud. Yet a mortal transgressor probably would have been destroyed by the media before it was too late. Arnie's election to the state's top job was largely due to the power of celebrity and the fantasy he built for himself as a super hero.

And even more cynical and deceitful, he used the unsuspecting wife he already secretly betrayed to publicly vouch for his good character during the 2003 election for governor. It’s a good bet the memory of that came back to haunt Maria Shriver when she learned of the infidelity, the fool she made of herself, standing by her man years-ago when there was evidence of his womanizing.

But, looking back at where he came from you can see someone playing a role as any actor would. But, Arnie wasn’t just any actor. At the point of his discovery, he was like an Adonis or Apollo. Schwarzenegger was a supreme body builder and as such highly narcissistic, as many muscle men are. You don’t build yourself up to such extreme levels as part of a normal daily workout.

Here was an immigrant from rural Austria who worked his way into Hollywood stardom. And then the icing on top of the cake marrying into the Kennedy family. Yet, even that would be topped when he was elected governor of the nation’s most populated state…elected on the belief he was at most a reformed playboy. Of course, his movie action hero status greatly helped.

As governor he had some success, mainly in charting California’s own environmental policy. However, this was far outweighed by the worsening debt crisis fueled my industries and money leaving the state due to high overheads, complex regulations and taxes. The only growing sector was the steady stream of illegal immigrant workers.

Then the marital split and the reason: His housekeeper of 20 years, a Latino immigrant, was the mother of a love child, a son now 13-years-old.

Some power people such as the Governator are afflicted with a condition known as narcissistic personality disorder, a condition that mandates the individual involved always gets what he wants and is the center of attention. A case in point….After admitting his infidelity and love child, he refused to leave the marital home forcing his victimized wife to leave…very NPD.

How many of the traits below fit Arnie’s personality”

Narcissistic personality disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves.

A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

  • React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
  • Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
  • Have excessive feelings of self-importance
  • Exaggerate achievements and talents
  • Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
  • Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
  • Need constant attention and admiration
  • Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy
  • Have obsessive self-interest

Yet, again, this type of personality is probably the norm for people, such as Schwarzenegger, who become obsessed with developing their bodies to extremes. It’s just too bad Shriver and California didn’t recognize this years-ago. Or, maybe they just didn’t care.

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3 comments on Narcissistic Personality Disorder:The Terminator's Disease?

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By Lady D on May 20, 2011 at 05:52 pm

I have always thought to be a politician you had to be a bit of a sociopath. I suppose the way you put it is better.

He has always been a grab ass ask any women on his movie sets.

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By Kathleen on October 06, 2011 at 07:58 am

You mean, of course, his lust child. Narcissists do not love but they do lust. Maria Shriver dated Arnold Schwarzenegger for about six years before they got married. I'm sure she must have seen the signs, and she like Nicole Simpson who dated O.J. for seven years before marrying him saw signs. Women need to start loving themselves and to start listening to their own instincts instead of self sacrificing themselves for a narrcissistic who is really just a wolf in sheep's clothing. When Maria married Arnold she had her first son. It's like Maria had five children, not four. At least she is free now. I stongly recommend this book for women entering into relationships. It is called The Ten Commandments for Loving Yourselves. You can get it on It helped me a lot. There are a lot of tricksters out there and Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of them. Arnold has many many devils in his head that speak to him and like someone with Obsessive Compulsive disorder, he has to obey them. Arnold does not love any women nor does he like any women. You can pick this up when you hear him in conversation, especially when he's talking about his nautilus equipment. What Arnold likes is attention and sexual release. There are universal laws that cannot be broken, and he will be getting what is coming to him. Noone is going to watch his movies.

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By Kathleen on October 06, 2011 at 08:47 am

I meant to give you five stars but the computer registered too quickly and it appears that I have given you one. I just want to correct that.

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