Tony Ortega: Textbook Narcissist

They call it Narcissistic Personality Disorder and its hallmarks will seem more than a little recognizable for readers of this blog with even a passing familiarity with the unhinged ranting of Tony Ortega.

Those infected by this personality wrapping state of mind come from all walks of life — every social strata, economic status and educational level — and yet, observed close up they all begin to look worryingly similar.

U.S. National Library of Medicine defines narcissists like Tony Ortega as displaying a sense of  grandiosity, a lack of empathy  for other people, and a need for admiration.

People in this state  are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. They may also have grandiose fantasies  and may be convinced that they deserve special treatment.

So far this functional definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) sounds like it could describing Tony down to a ’t’, doesn’t it? But the official definition does not stop there, it goes on to describe people with NPD as:

“Often trying to associate with other people they believe are unique or gifted in some way…”

Could this be part of the reason Tony Ortega was so honored to be working for who he infamously described as “the men smart enough to start Backpage”?

“Often feeling compelled to enhance their own self-esteem at the expense of others because of an underlying belief they of their own entitlement…”

Was Tony Ortega’s self-esteem so slow and his sense of entitlement so high that he was naturally drawn to this evil but powerful group of individuals like a moth to a naked flame?

“Often tending to seek excessive admiration and  attention and  have difficulty tolerating even the slightest criticism or perceived defeat…”

Is this why Tony Ortega again and again would lash out at anyone who dared to criticize him or his Backpage cronies?

The definition concludes by suggesting:

“In some extreme cases the sting of criticism or defeat may be so severe that they react with disdain or anger, even social withdrawal.”

Could this explain why Tony Ortega has literally sequestered himself in an ‘underground bunker’ remaining conspicuously silent on the subject of Backpage’s many legal defeats in recent months, even as he continues to tweet his own brand of hateful invective against his imagined ‘enemies’?

We may never have a full understanding of what drives wildly unhealthy individuals like Tony Ortega but the troubling warning signs are there.

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