“[Cluster Bs are]...still the single most destructive group of disorders that exist. And until all the major systems: judicial, legal, and mental health get on the same page about ‘Who' does that, we will be stuck in this maze of pathologicals flying under the radar, undiagnosed, unrealized and wreaking havoc in millions of people's lives.” ~On Cluster Bs
“Individuals who create the most damage to social and personal relationships, the abusers, manipulators, “players”, controllers, and losers are found in Cluster B." ~Link
"The Mirror Effect can't actually create unhealthy narcissism where none already exists. Nor can it cause mildly narcissistic people suddenly to develop Cluster B pathologies. Rather, the Mirror Effect occurs when everyday people who already harbor mild narcissistic traits, as most do, begin to mimic more malignant forms of narcissism, leading them to behave in more severely problematic ways. It magnifies whatever pre-existing narcissistic traits we may have into increasingly detrimental types of behavior, which can in turn evolve into fixed personality traits.
The Mirror Effect involves a certain progression of steps: (1) the viewer consumes a consistent diet of images of celebrities behaving in attention-getting, narcissistic ways, images that make the behavior appear both entertaining and attractive. (2) The viewer develops a preoccupation with these images, to the point the behavior begins to seem normal, even desirable. (3) Consciously or unconsciously, the viewer begins to adopt the behavior, with detrimental or even dangerous consequences. Though it’s not a necessary step, the cycle is completed if (4) the viewer then takes advantage of open-access media to indulge his own narcissistic urges, reflecting the behavior back to the public at large." ~The Mirror Effect, page 136-137
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