Long ago, when I was young and more foolish than most of my contemporaries who were worldly wise, my godfather told me that I was a narcissist. I possessed all the characteristics of a person suffering from the narcissistic personality disorder, he said. Then he read out the list of my personality disorders from a diary.
1. You have an exaggerated sense of self-importance.
2. You expect to be recognised as superior even though you have achieved nothing worthwhile
3. You exaggerate whatever little you manage to achieve.
4. You are often in your own dream world, fantasies about...
Then he stopped and looked at me. “Am I correct this far?” he asked. I nodded my head like a penitent at the confessional.
“... fantasies about success, power, intellectual brilliance...” He paused and stared into my eyes again. “Are you with me?”
“Bound to you with a chain,” I wished to say. But I was trained to listen quietly when the ‘personal scrutiny’ was being communicated.
5. You believe that you are superior and can only be understood by some special people.
6. You require constant admiration from others.
7. You have a sense of entitlement.
8. You take advantage of others to get what you want.
9. You are insensitive to the needs of the others.
10. You are envious of others in the community.
11. Worst of all, you are arrogant and a total misfit in the community.
He pursed his lips and probed my eyes. I felt like the lamb whose throat was going to be slit for the next day’s feast.
I saved my throat by leaving the community. I chose to live as alone as possible. But I was bound by an invisible chain to my godfather. Godfathers have more tentacles than the octopus. Protean tentacles. Eternal tentacles that tether the lamb with an invisible chain to some spooky pillars.
Like Kafka’s protagonist, the lamb strayed through the labyrinthine corridors of the human world looking for the redemptive Ariadne’s thread. Redemption is an illusion. Godfathers are real.
When I saw the latest Indispire theme, No one knows you better than yourself.... Peep into your heart and describe yourself in one sentence #Knowyourself, this post materialised in the musty corridors of Kafka’s Castle.
Who am I? In one sentence?
My Twitter profile describes me as “Destiny’s Clown.”
My Facebook profile describes me as “The Joker in the Pack.”
That’s a natural climax of narcissism, I hear my godfather snickering sitting invisible somewhere in Kafka’s Castle.
Note: In psychology, a metaperception is how a person views other people's views of him. It is essentially how an individual perceives others' perceptions of himself. In other words, they are how we feel about how others feel about us. Metaperceptions are frequently inaccurate - they are shaped by our individual self-concept and personal biases.