Narcissism, Where Will You Go?

The next volume of the DSM will remove several personality disorders, not the least of which is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).  NPD is characterized by the following behaviors:

  • Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  • Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
  • Requires excessive admiration
  • Has a very strong sense of entitlement, e.g., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
  • Is exploitative of others, e.g., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
  • Lacks empathy, e.g., is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
  • Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
  • Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

Five of the criteria must be met in order to receive a diagnosis.

Sound familiar?  Probably.  We’ve all met people who are just a little “off.”  Maybe they are haughty without provocation.  Maybe they find your feelings “baffling.”  Maybe they inflate their successes until they are no longer recognizable.

These people exist.  And they wreak havoc in their own lives and in the lives of many whom they touch.  So, what’s going to happen when the DSM doesn’t recognize them anymore?  What diagnosis will they receive?  Or will they just go back to being… jerks?

Dick Cheney’s Heart Grew 3 Sizes

If we’re spending money to keep Cheney’s limp, black heart still beating w/ the government health plan, then I think we can guarantee health insurance to the rest of us, mmkay?

Because let’s face it, the man would have been dead long ago had he not had insurance. I mean, FIVE heart attacks! Five! That’s one more heart attack than chamber of heart.

I wonder if he’s had a heart attack for every 10 shots he put in that old man’s face.

Or for every 10,000 people he’s had a hand in killing.

Or for every 100,000 times he’s made me throw up a little in my mouth.

Or for every $10,000,000 he’s made selling out his country.

My Achin’ Head

Monday night, I returned home from my FREE IMRPOV show. I parked on the side of the road and as I was walking towards my door, I turned to survey the parking job that I did. Still moving, I turned around and, with a loud *clang,* promptly smacked my face into a parking sign.

I have this red bump on my forehead that kind of looks like a large pimple. It is incredibly tender to the touch; simply grazing it sends waves of pain through my face. (Does your face hurt? Why, yes it does. And it’s not funny.)

Last night, I joined friends at Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock and reminisced about Paris (or Paree, as we in the know call it). My food was terrific, but I gradually became more and more nauseated as the night wore on. I was up until 4 a.m. fighting my belly upset.

Today, same tummy deal, but my head also decided to join in the fight. My stomach has since settled, but my head still aches.

I’m convinced I have some sort of head injury that is slowly killing me, like that episode of CSI where they found that frat boy dissolved in a tub of water.

Misrepresentations to Whip Public into a Froth

Full discretion here: I hate the Heritage Foundation.

Their latest reeks of desperation. On barackobama.com, anyone can host an event to help organize grassroots campaigns to further the president’s issues.

Some yahoo (I have no idea who, since the Heritage Foundation gave no context to this… for obvious reasons) hosted an event and called right-wing health care protesters “domestic terrorists.”

Then, the Heritage Foundation represents this as an official correspondence (yeah, right). And The People Who Don’t Think (TM) become furious.

It takes 2 seconds of applying common sense to realize that Obama would never sanction, nor would his team sanction, public correspondence that was full of such vitriol. It would be political suicide. And the man is nothing if not a politician.

Another reason why ultra-right wing + mindlessness = scary times for the rest of us.

Ignorance Is Screwing With My Bliss

Look, I don’t know if Obama’s health care plan is good or not. I’m not going to pretend that I read the bill (it’s loooong y’all!). All I know is, if I hear one more person say/write/drool that “America has the best health care in the world!” I’m going to scream.

America does NOT have the best health care system in the world. It actually sucks. S-U-C-K-S. So, don’t worry, folks, that our health system is going to go the way of Zimbabwe’s. First of all, that’s a slippery slope fallacy, which is just fearmongering. Second, it can’t get a whole heck of a lot worse for an industrialized country. Check out the WHO’s Web site, if ya don’t believe me.

But people come to America to get health care from other countries, you say! Yeah, and Americans go to Europe to get treatments. I haven’t seen any hard stats that show who goes where to get what in terms of health care. I do know that most people in the world couldn’t possibly afford the top-notch health care in this country, and that includes the majority of people living here.

Bottom line, when it comes to any political discourse in this country, you have people repeating the same old chestnuts to make their points without any real research. And these people vote! These people write articles! These people show up on your television! And they’re dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb. So, please, before you open your mouth, at least attempt to know what the heck you are talking about. Don’t just repeat what you’ve heard from Rush/Fox News/Your mom/Your barber. You’re screwing with the rest of us.

USC Doctors – What Does It Take?

I feel like this blog is filled with nothing but complaints about the healthcare system in America.

How is it that Piper cat receives her test results as soon as they are available, and I am still waiting for my test results from March 12?  I was told I had to wait 10 business days before calling for results.

I waited 10 business days, and I received no phone call or results letter.

I then called Friday, March 27, but the nurse wasn’t in.  I was told I would receive a call today.

It is now 5:30 p.m.  The office is closed.  No phone call.

USC Doctors – What does it take to get the same medical care as my cat?

PacifiCare Thinks I’m an Idiot

I cancelled my COBRA insurance mid-January because I had secured (finally) temporary medical insurance.  COBRA was expensive.  It cost me $475 a month just for myself.  The only way I was able to get other insurance was to get temporary coverage.  I will go on Joe’s insurance when we get married in June.

After I cancelled my insurance, I expected a speedy refund.  I called on January 20 (as I know now) and requested a refund.  I was told it would take 3-4 weeks from the cancellation date.  To date, I have not received my refund of almost $500.  PacifiCare did bill me for a penny, however.

I called today, asking about the refund.  I was told that I was owed the money, so she would send an email to the COBRA department and that the refund would take 3-4 weeks.  Here’s how the rest of the conversation went: Continue reading “PacifiCare Thinks I’m an Idiot”

Thoughtful Abortion Article, Glamour!

A very balanced, honest take on abortion. It underscores the fact that abortion should very much remain a woman’s choice… but a choice made thoughtfully.

Denying honest counseling, sex ed, and access to contraception is counter to reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and ultimately, abortions. Let’s give women the health services they deserve and stop shaming them into silence.

Every woman who faces the abortion decision deserves a friend’s arms around her–as well as factual, unbiased information about what lies ahead.