The term narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, a handsome Greek youth He eventually fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. This attributes plays themselves differently between men and women.
We are also guilty of parading our sports icons through the streets. Olympic medalist from 2012 Olympics are a case in point. This brings me to story surrounding Oscar Pristorius who shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of valentines day. We wait with bated breath.
The question is whether Oscar believed that he would “get away with murder“. I would like to put an argument that either the killing was premeditated or “lost his cool“. I would like to explore the former. I also note that he could have feared for his life hence rationalism went out of the window.
It is my view that some sports icons suffers from narcissist behaviours. They believe in their power and influence that they believe that they walk on water. Maybe it is the only way to get to the top. The Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt (my hero) was said to be arrogant prior to the Olympics. I have to make a note that this behaviour is not limited to sports icons. Included in this view is politicians such as Julius Malema who believed he was rainmaker and untouchable.
What makes a man or woman to convince themselves that they would be able to “solve” their problems. Is it a case that you have to believe in yourself so much.
We will watch this space.