By T, Staffer of De Birhan Media 29 Dec. 2011
I have been wondering , pondering and masbeing on how I could identify Meles Zenawi’s psychological condition i.e. mentality. Especially, having observed some of his recent judgements, my wonder doubled. In my nine years professional work experience, I have gone through bosses that partly shared Meles’ psychological condition including the present one. It was hard finding their typical condition cause I sometimes said , no these people have no psychological condition, their acts are rather results of their policies, plans, programs, influence of party deliberations, upbringing, environment and so on. So I deduced that there was no variable or controlled group in their acts and judgements. Finally, I found one, though. Something that makes these people identical. You know who I mean by ”these’- the likes of Meles that you meet at your work, buses, restaurants, churches, hospitals, offices, and so on. I am absolute that you at least know one, in addition to Meles. They are all Megalomaniac. The latest psycho-pathological condition I found out for Meles Zenawi is Megalomania.
According to World Papa, Megalomania is a psychopathological disorder where in the person experiences delusional fantasies of greatness, wealth, grandeur, omnipotence and superiority while another similar definition says ” psycho-pathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence“.
The person with this type of mental illness will be obsessed with doing extravagant things, will think only about themselves, will not have any concern for others and will have lust for power and money. A megalomaniac person will also exaggerate his/her talent in an unrealistic egoistic way, consider them as unique and will be self centered. According to the experts, this mental disorder is related to Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) which means self-love. How and why this type of illness develops may be because of different behavioral characteristics, childhood and nature of parenting during childhood days.
I may not have to list the recently abducted dictators of North Africa and the existing ones. In the social world, ‘megalomania…can be a characteristic of power-drunk or control-freak dictators, some executives, some politicians and some army generals’, it adds. I think the West also needs to fully cure itself from this overarching disease : racial megalomania.
I won’t be analysing each symptom of megalomania here but I want you to imagine and reminisce some of the major characters, behaviours, actions and judgements of Meles Zenawi against the following symptoms of megalomania, including the ones that brought him to Belgium for private care in the recent past.
Symptoms of megalomania:
- Delusion of being superior to others
- Delusion of greatness
- Delusion of having great social and political power
- Lack of empathy for anything
- Delusion of importance
- Violent tendencies
- Self centered
- Want others to be fear of him
- High self confidence
- Manipulation over others
- Feeling of being a famous person
- Symptoms of mania or paranoid disorder
- Belief of being a god like figure
- Bad temper
- Frequent depressions
- Mood swings
Sigmund Freud and Edmund Bergler have had given their own psychoanalytical interpretations of megalomania while their own contemporaries viewed it as a condition and way of coping with distress. Either for propaganda or public relation purposes, finding typical psychological conditions of regime heads such as Meles Zenawi is essential hence Meles the Megalomaniac!