HUBRIS SYNDROME: a diagnosis for chronic politicians?
A widely spoken subject today, Hubris Syndrome is about an acquired narcissistic personality.
A disorder of power and high office, particularly when power is associated with success and when minimal restraints are placed on the leader – David Oven
Understandably, many politicians do not have anything to do with Hubris Syndrome. However, high office and long-term power often brings a personality change in the politicians. The politicians often forget the route of their success and the object of their role.
The early symptoms of Hubris syndrome are evident in their speech and actions. Some of the symptoms include excessive sense of self, reluctant to take advise from advisors or others and exaggerated importance on how they look and come across in public. Hubris syndrome can also be characterised by a loss of contact with reality, a reckless and restless impulse ultimately ending in incompetence.
The study: Out of the 18 US presidents in office from 1908 to 2009, seven displayed symptoms of hubris syndrome – Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. One was judged to have full-blown hubris syndrome – George W. Bush. Kennedy showed occasional signs of hubris syndrome, notably during the Bay of Pigs events in 1961. Richard Nixon displayed hubris syndrome including saying to Henry Kissinger in 1972, “Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy” (released by the Nixon Library, run by the National Archives, on 2 December 2008).
Now the question is who wants to do a study on Indian politicians?