Narcissism And The Holocaust

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Most people desire some form of power and control. When these urges take over a person’s thoughts, it can lead to catastrophic results. For instance, Hitler deemed the Aryan race superior and imposed his beliefs by issuing ethnic cleansing of the Jews. Hitler’s dehumanization of the Jews combined with his desire for power and control lead to the holocaust. Individuals like Hitler who sees themselves as superior to another could possess traits of narcissism: “If there is a single trait that allows lack of empathy and compassion to rot into pure evil… it is the extreme form of self-centeredness called narcissism”(Begley). Every person possesses traits of narcissism in some capacity, such as selfishness and pride.
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