Eleutherophobia and Collective narcissism

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By T, Staffer of De Birhan Media


20 May 2012

Short News : On a “spectacular” fund raising event organised for the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the presence of Artists Tamagne Beyene, Shambel Belayneh and Gelila Mekonen, over 3000 Ethiopians living in South Africa participated. Good lot was raised.  This was how the guest artists were recieved in Johannesburg,

                                                                         

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And a short piece here



I wouldn’t go into much detail and discuss these terms by contextualising and decontextualizing them. This would rather be just a copy and paste of two definitions collated from various websites. Both terms suit present day Ethiopia if not less but perfectly.
The first term that showed Ethiopian Prime Minister’s shock/phobia at the current meeting is Eleutherophobia (እሉትሮፎቢያ). Here is how http://common-phobias.com defines the word

Eleutherophobia is the fear of freedom. The origin of the word eleuthero is Greek (meaning free or freedom) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Eleutherophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on here.
 Many were those that asked what did really get Meles to shiver, stammer and boil his blood while others sitting next to him did not even show any sign of reaction to the loud noise. Some said it was high insecurity while others said it was just because his name was called. I feel it is Eleutherophobia. The phobia of all the Revolutionary Democrats, freedom, has been publicly noticed when their Commander in Chief was panicking in public.

Eleutherophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to afull-blown panic attack. Meles can test the severity of his problem with this 2-minute online eleutherophobia test.
The second term that best describes the ruling party in Ethiopia mainly TPLF and its heavyweight leaders including Meles is collective narcissism. Narcissism is synonymous with egoism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness. In psychology, the term is used to describe both normal self-love and unhealthy self-absorption due to a disturbance in the sense of self. Wikipedia reads, “The word narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who rejected the desperate advances of the nymph Echo. As punishment, he was doomed to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus “lay gazing enraptured into the pool, hour after hour”, and finally changed into a flower that bears his name, the narcissus.”
And collective narcissism, according to De Zavala AG et al is “an emotional investment in an unrealistic belief about the in group’s greatness–aiming to explain how feelings about an ingroup shape a tendency to aggress against outgroups.” While Wiki posits on the terms further aspects as,

Collective narcissism is related to ethnocentrism; however, ethnocentrism primarily focuses on self-centeredness at an ethnic or cultural level, while collective narcissism is extended to any type of ingroup beyond just cultures and ethnicities.
TPLF is the best Party that exhibits the “Charismatic Leader-Follower Relationship” concept of collective narcissism meaning when a “narcissistic charismatic” leader like Meles (of the Gold People) leads and bosses, the narcissistic “ideal-hungry” followers support him blindly. Surf the boundless World Wide Web to learn more about these two most pertinent terms of today’s Ethiopia. And watch this catalysing video below too…