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To: libstripper

“Not even Stuart Smalley would accuse Jordan of narcissism. In real life, as in the Smalley skit, Jordan simply exhibited the confidence that comes with being the world’s best practitioner of his art.”

Jordan had his problems, and is notable not so much for being serenly confident as carefully controlling his image and having great PR. If you happened to catch his Hall of Fame speech, for instance, you might have found his vindictiveness odd. However, his baser aspects have slowly trickled out over the years. His philandering and gambling addiction were open secrets, and then there was the massive delusion that was his baseball career.

Not that I seek to knock the guy. It’s good for public figures to have a little mystery. I’d rather we not know what an assh*le Ali was, for instance.


29 posted on 02/16/2011 1:34:30 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

“If you happened to catch his Hall of Fame speech, for instance, you might have found his vindictiveness odd. However, his baser aspects have slowly trickled out over the years. His philandering and gambling addiction were open secrets, and then there was the massive delusion that was his baseball career.”

By the way, I don’t mean to imply vindictiveness, philandering, or gambling are necessarily signs of narcissism. Jordan’s vices are typical of men of his means. His misadventures in baseball indicate the sort of delusional overconfidence you’d expect from a neurotic. But, again, it is not in itself evidence of anything.

It’s just that his cluster of symptoms is suggestive. Not in a clinical sense, or in any sort of technical sense. Not even in a pop-psychological sense. But in a good, old-fashioned character-analysis sense.


30 posted on 02/16/2011 1:45:01 PM PST by Tublecane
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