For there to be a diagnosis of a personality disorder, the pattern of behavior must be pervasive and must be manifest in at least two of the following areas; cognition, interpersonal functioning, affect and impulse control. People find the behavior of individuals with personality disorders confusing, exasperating, unpredictable and to varying degrees unacceptable.
In the same way that individuals in a society can be said to have a personality disorder due to their deviant behaviour, one can also deduce the same of nations. One society may have certain traits and mannerism that would be considered a disorder in another society while perfectly normal within that society.
Considering that personality Disorders stem from gradual development of inflexible and distorted personality and behavioral patterns, this writer investigated a few countries that she was familiar with and came up with what maybe termed as Disorders to the rest of the world while perfectly normal within their own countries. This will be written in parts starting with the United States of America.
The Standard used to diagnose these nations is the American Diagnostic Statistic Manual (DSM –IV-TR) . The basis for such diagnosis is explained and the reason why people from these countries have developed what is perceived by others as personality Disorders or .
1) The USA, Narcissistic Personality Disorder
According to the DSM, people with Narcissistic personality Disorder Have a “Pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy and behaviour) need for admiration, and lack of empathy as indicated by at least five of the following:
1) Grandiose sense of self importance,
2) Preoccupation of fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty,
3) Belief that she/he is “special” and unique,
4) Excessive need for admiration,
5) Sense of entitlement,
6) Tendency to be interpersonally exploitative,
7) Lacks empathy, is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her,
8) Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
This, it is submitted is how the USA is viewed by the rest of the world. The USA works hard to ensure that the world knows how great and special she is and therefore deserving adoration, for according to her, she is the best. There is also the culture of heroism so that even when someone does what was expected of them they are glorified as heroes.
The USA has this sense of entitlement for the worlds’ respect. The USA will do anything to prove its power and self worth just like starting a war on false pretenses to prove her military might and makes others subject to her out of fear. Here is where the lack of empathy comes in for there seems to be lack of mercy for the innocent victims of such meaningless wars.
For example, even when people knew the war in Iraq was based on a lie, they still supported the government, perhaps because it made them feel good about themselves by reducing another nation to nothing. And you had better not criticize the USA or speak ill of the USA in the presence of an American. They do not take such criticism well.
The USA has created individuals who have inflated egos and who are so focused on their looks and physical attributes that they appear to be disconnected from reality. Even when they are away from home base you can tell an American by their mannerism. They will seek attention and make others feel inferior albeit unintentionally.
The self glorification of the American is taught from childhood for even in the national anthem they attest to the belief that the USA is the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. Many Americans believe that the negative view that most of the world has against the USA is based on envy but never about anything they have done to earn this negative view.
America is a land where everything is done big exemplifying the big egos. Big houses, big cars, and yes it is said today that the USA is “the fattest” nation in the world, because even the food servings are big. In reality America is a land where most people live a lie and have convinced themselves that they are more than they are.
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