Narcissism – “Excessive self-admiration”; “overestimation of [one’s] abilities and an excessive need for admiration.”
Megalomania – “An excessive enjoyment in having power over other people and a craving for more of it.” “Delusions of great power and importance.”
A healthy ego is one thing. But there is a classic joke that speaks to the egomania of some, a variation of which may go something like this. Perry Christie and God are out for a walk, with Christie hailing onlookers. One of the onlookers hails back and asks, “Who’s that fellow walking with Christie?”
This would be funny if it did not speak to a certain troubling mindset at the heart of government, with the prime minister narcissistically seemingly unable to accept responsibility for his failures or to internalize certain criticisms and make the necessary changes.
He is perpetually passing the buck as if his failures are usually the fault of others. He basically blamed the failed mortgage relief programs on officials in the Ministry of Finance. Never mind that he is the Minister of Finance. He threw his officials under the bus for this spectacular failure.
Recall this split personality excuse for the mismanaged VAT roll-out: