Sidney Crosby-Acquired Situational Narcissism

Sidney Crosby has demonstrated, at least to this audience that he is a textbook case of Acquired Situational Narcissism. Read the following article and see if you agree. In a recent article published on Yahoo Sports, Sidney Crosby was asked who the best player is in the NHL. He knew enough not to name himself but he could not bring himself to name any other player either. He appeared to stumble through the interview with awkwardness. The awkwardness of a narcissist who at once believes himself to be the very best there is but does not want to reveal himself to be something that might be frowned upon, an egotist. I found the article both amusing and disturbing as it hints at the role that all of the focused attention and celebrity culture has played in developing Sidney Crosby into the man that he now is.


Robert B. Millman, professor of psychiatry at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical School thinks it can. He proposes to reverse the accepted chronology. According to him, pathological narcissism can be induced in adulthood by celebrity, wealth, and fame.

The “victims” – billionaire tycoons, movie stars, renowned authors, politicians, and other authority figures – develop grandiose fantasies, lose their erstwhile ability to empathize, react with rage to slights, both real and imagined and, in general, act like textbook narcissists.

But is the occurrence of Acquired Situational Narcissism (ASN) inevitable and universal – or are only certain people prone to it?

It is likely that ASN is merely an amplification of earlier narcissistic conduct, traits, style, and tendencies. Celebrities with ASN already had a narcissistic personality and have acquired it long before it “erupted”. Being famous, powerful, or rich only “legitimized” and conferred immunity from social sanction on the unbridled manifestation of a preexisting disorder. Indeed, narcissists tend to gravitate to professions and settings which guarantee fame, celebrity, power, and wealth.

Acquired Situational Narcissism.

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