Lance Armstrong's Narcissism

Lance Armstrong....Is He or Isn’t He a Narcissist? That seems to be the million dollar question right now in light of his recent admission on Oprah that he did in fact dope for years, yet threatened and sued anyone who tried to challenge his assertions that he was clean.

The vengeance with which he went after those who challenged him is incomprehensible to me and is what has me exploring his personality right now. I mean, it’s one thing to lie and cheat, but then to go so far as ruin the lives of people who were simply telling the truth is beyond callous to me.

To help us understand his behavior, I will be interviewing Joseph Burgo, PhD. who recently wrote an excellent article in the Atlantic on Lance’s narcissism.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/how-aggressive-narciss...

Believe it or not, when this article was published, I had already been reading Dr. Burgo’s book titled "Why Do I Do That? Defense Mechanisms & The Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives" in an effort to help myself understand the ways in which I subconsciously shape my life by my behavior.

As some of you know, I am a certified Coach in Subconscious Restructuring, and fully believe that our subconscious drives all of our behavior, yet we do not know how to tap into it nor are we aware of how it can get in the way of forming close relationships with others. Therefore, I began reading Dr. Burgo’s book in an effort to be more mindful about how my own behavior and defense mechanisms shape my life. I highly, highly recommend his book to anyone who is interested in doing the same:

http://www.amazon.com/Why-Do-That-Psychological-Mechanisms/dp/0988443120...

One thing that most experts all agree on is that a narcissist has no ability to self-reflect or be introspective. Dr. Burgo suggests that the key to Lance Armstrong’s recovery is to feel authentic guilt for the hurt he inflicted on so many people. While I would love to think this is possible, I don’t see how when a true narcissist has no ability to do such a thing. A pathological narcissist has no remorse and it is clear by Lance Armstrong’s recent interviews that he has absolutely zero.

Dr. Burgo’s work is pivotal in helping people understand how narcissism is a defense mechanism against shame. I am fascinated by his work and very excited to let you know that I will be interviewing him on my BlogTalkRadio Show on March 13th at 5:30pm CST. I hope you will join us!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/allabouthim/2013/02/21/lance-armstrongs-nar...

February 15, 2013 - 2:06am
indifferent
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Add Oscar Pistorius to the ever growing celeb list...

February 17, 2013 - 11:26am (Reply to #35)
Lisa E. Scott
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Dangerous indeed

February 17, 2013 - 3:22pm (Reply to #36)
indifferent
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It is...

February 17, 2013 - 11:56pm (Reply to #37)
Luv2bme
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My ignorance

February 18, 2013 - 12:12am (Reply to #38)
leslieisback
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L2b

February 18, 2013 - 10:16pm (Reply to #40)
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Lb2

February 18, 2013 - 1:50am (Reply to #39)
indifferent
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Leslie and L2b

February 15, 2013 - 6:48am (Reply to #25)
talktothehand
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You may be right...

February 15, 2013 - 2:58pm (Reply to #26)
indifferent
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Maybe we can throw Michael Le Vell in the Hall of Fame too...

February 16, 2013 - 7:24am (Reply to #34)
leslieisback
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My thoughts exactly. I

February 15, 2013 - 4:59pm (Reply to #33)
Luv2bme
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Telling..

February 15, 2013 - 3:30pm (Reply to #27)
talktothehand
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Indifferent

February 16, 2013 - 11:06pm (Reply to #29)
Luv2bme
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Charisma..

February 17, 2013 - 11:02am (Reply to #31)
indifferent
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Agree..

February 17, 2013 - 3:25pm (Reply to #32)
talktothehand
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yes

February 17, 2013 - 12:23am (Reply to #30)
leslieisback
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Luv2bme

February 15, 2013 - 4:14pm (Reply to #28)
indifferent
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You're spot on...

February 6, 2013 - 5:41pm
Deestarr
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Lance a N or not?

February 7, 2013 - 10:43am (Reply to #23)
Lisa E. Scott
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Deestar

February 5, 2013 - 1:13am
shock and awe.some
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Interesting article

February 5, 2013 - 11:19pm (Reply to #19)
Lisa E. Scott
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They have NO tolerance for illness....ZERO

February 6, 2013 - 10:38am (Reply to #20)
indifferent
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So true....

February 6, 2013 - 11:21am (Reply to #21)
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Indifferent

February 4, 2013 - 4:14pm
Not your blow u...
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Thank you for posting the

February 3, 2013 - 3:28pm
indifferent
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This is the world we live in...

February 3, 2013 - 3:04pm
Deidre99
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This is fascinating, Lisa! I

February 3, 2013 - 2:42am
Luv2bme
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Lance's ex-wife.

February 3, 2013 - 3:08pm (Reply to #4)
Deidre99
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didn't he dump sheryl crow in

February 3, 2013 - 3:17pm (Reply to #5)
talktothehand
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Lance

February 3, 2013 - 6:24pm (Reply to #8)
Luv2bme
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ILLNESS AND NARC

February 5, 2013 - 10:49am (Reply to #13)
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Luv2beme Marlinmom

February 5, 2013 - 11:17am (Reply to #14)
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talktothehand

February 5, 2013 - 10:27am (Reply to #9)
Marlinmom
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They are hypochondriacs who hate sick people!!

February 5, 2013 - 5:29pm (Reply to #10)
thebigpayback
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this is a revelation,

February 6, 2013 - 3:06am (Reply to #11)
Luv2bme
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Hypochondriac

February 6, 2013 - 10:14am (Reply to #12)
Marlinmom
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24 hours of labor and his FEET hurt?????

February 3, 2013 - 3:25pm (Reply to #6)
Deidre99
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until they get ill. i never

February 5, 2013 - 12:30am (Reply to #7)
shock and awe.some
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Oh how I miss George

February 3, 2013 - 9:29am (Reply to #3)
Lisa E. Scott
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His true colors

February 2, 2013 - 1:56pm
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Lisa E Scott

February 2, 2013 - 11:49am
Goldie
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Can't wait to hear this Lisa