Do Narcissists Know How Inappropriate They Are?
In a previous post, I had alluded to the concept of cannabis having the ability to alter our thought process and prompt us to change our ways. To add to this, I believe I particularly suffered from narcissism.
I recently discovered a YouTube channel called Surviving Narcissism, where the host goes into great detail about how a narcissist thinks and acts, and I saw much of my old self reflected in what he said. In particular, this video stuck out to me. He explains how certain people don’t see anything wrong with the way they are, and that they see everyone else as the problem – exactly what narcissism is.
I can say with enough certainty that the source of my narcissistic traits was my own father. Don’t get me wrong, he was never physically abusive and I still love him, but boy does his general attitude about life stink. And over the years, it had rubbed off on me. How great it felt to be able to “reset” my mind and view the world through an objective lens, rather than what I merely think is right at any given moment. There’s an old saying that goes “If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you’re the asshole”, and I can’t help but agree.
Cannabis isn’t for everyone, but for some, it – in combination with carefully crafted educational materials like the video linked above – can be a great alternative to paying a psychologist hundreds or even thousands of dollars for therapy sessions that may not necessarily even be effective. I should know, because before The Awakening I had attended multiple sessions with various psychologists, but it felt more like theatre than anything, and ultimately failed to change my mind on the issues at hand. Perhaps my narcissism was just too strong at that point to meaningfully absorb any of it.
And that may be yet another industry rallying against the legalization of cannabis in addition to Big Alcohol and Tobacco – the mental health industry. The US Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services industry includes over 17,000 facilities with combined annual revenue of approximately $50 billion. Including ancillary services, broader industry revenues represent over $300 billion combined. If cannabis were broadly legalized in the US, how much of that revenue would disappear? Of course, this is just speculation on my part, but it really does make you think, or at least it should.