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Narcissistic personality disorder: a checklist
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Published: 7/6/2010 12:01 AM

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It would require a personal evaluation to diagnose anyone with narcissistic personality disorder. But on the surface, psychologists say former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears to meet many of the criteria, and some of his comments on government wiretaps seem to support the idea:

1. A grandiose sense of self-importance.

"U.N. ambassador? I'd take that," Blagojevich said, discussing what presidential appointment he could get.

2. Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or love.

"Can't they get like Warren Buffett and some of those guys to put up like $10-, $12-, $15-million in (a nonprofit group he wanted to run) like right away?"

3. Believes that he or she is special or unique, and can only be understood by, or associate with, other special or high-status people.

Upon his arrest, "I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi, and trying to put some perspective in all of this, and that's what I'm doing now."

4. Requires excessive admiration.

Discussing the lack of response from President Obama to requests for a job: "So what can I get from him? For Patti and me? Nothing."

5. Has a sense of entitlement.

Of the Senate seat that was his to fill: "I can always ... (bleeping) parachute me in there."

6. Is interpersonally exploitive, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

"I've got this thing and it's (bleeping) golden. And I'm just not giving it up for (bleeping) nothing."

7. Lacks empathy; is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

Complaining no one is helping him with problems with Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. "I'm left with gridlock, a (ticked-off) speaker, a potential impeachment and a president who is all take and no give."

8. Is often envious of others, or believes that others are envious of him or her.

"I'm stuck. The whole world is passing me by and I'm stuck in the job of governor."

9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

Commenting on whether to appoint President Obama's choice for the Senate seat: "For nothing? (Bleep) him."

Source: Interviews, news reports, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, American Psychiatric Association.