Yesha Callahan

Social Media & Megalomania: A Dangerous Mix

Metamorphosis of Narcissus

I tend to think there are certain types of people who use the internet as their refuge from the ‘real world’.  These people may possibly receive more attention from their online ‘persona’, but offline, they have about as much personality as a bag of cotton balls.  Dull and lifeless. A while ago, I wrote about “Social Networking Delusions of Grandeur” and megalomania, and now more than ever, I truly think tons of people online suffer from some sort of psychosis. You have these ‘online’ personalities walking around as if every last one of the 1,663,3770,408 (and counting) people on the internet either:

A) has heard of them

B) cares enough to want to hear about them

C) gives a damn if they even exist

I recently spoke with a local Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Carla Rhodes and she states, “People online that suffer from delusions of grandeur have fragile self-esteem, poor sense of identity and usually have had an inadequate upbringing. Such people are often covering up a poor sense of self-worth by creating fantasies, that they are special, different, or important”.  Dr. Rhodes, also goes on to say that the internet, especially social media,  is not where these type of people belong, because they can be attached to deep seeded narcissistic character pathologies.  Also, Dr. Rhodes went on to state, “Such individuals become unduly attached to monikers as they have difficulties representing their world internally and rely on external support to remain in touch with reality”. In laymen terms, they’re threatened by any feeling of encroachment upon their ‘identity’, it makes me immediately think of  Spike Lee vs Spike TV.

So if you or a loved one seem to fit the above description, please remove yourself from the internet and seek immediate help from a mental health care professional.

This has been a public service announcement.

  1. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    (LMBAO) This is so hilarious, and so very true! Do you think they could put a mental health diagnosis to a internet megalomaniac?

  2. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    Megalomaniacs are also notorious for suing over their names. Go figure.

  3. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    I always thought that some sort of internal stability plagued some of the “iffy” people I've encountered online. Now I know I wasn't trippin' myself (as I tend to do). Megalomania is my demon…that would be paranoia!!

  4. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    LOL!!

  5. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    I'm sure Dr. Rhodes is working on a diagnosis, as we type! She's great!

  6. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    oh l'ironie

  7. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    No, it's not you. It's them.

  8. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    I know a few characters online that fit that description eerily to a T! Can you hand out online citizen arrests? lol

    One of the things that bothers me about online PERIOD is people tend to dismiss the people behind the screens in a manner that they'd never do in the brick and mortar. I believe if you see each person as an individual with feelings, deserving of the basic respect that you yourself would expect…people could keep their heads about them on this thing.

    …yet, there are those who are screwed up on AND off this thing, so indeed they may be who you're speaking of. LOL

  9. October 21, 2009 - Reply

    Interesting, I think we have only scraped the surface, as far as evaluating the human reaction to the development and progression of a fully 'dependent' new social structure goes. Electro-english, and virtual emotives. Campaigns and musings. Commerce, style, fashion, and eventually even crime and punishment will all play out only after someone “logs on”

    Not to get all conspiracy serious, but the megalo maniac, and the electronic egoist are the first to poke their heads out as the mainstream decides which 'artificial motif' is right for me.

    I wonder what the dear psychologist has to say about 'electric dreams'…….

    She should ground break the whole craft of Machine Language disorder study

    We are already there. That place where kurzweil said we would go.

    Hopefully the idea of the human body will survive after all, in spite of the all out assault from avatars, and new age astral projectors

    Thanks for the thoughts Gem, good luck!

  10. October 22, 2009 - Reply

    they are the definitely the ones i'm speaking of…
    and of course you know..i know..the types that you speak of lol

  11. October 22, 2009 - Reply

    Great comment! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. October 26, 2009 - Reply

    Ah yes, I met a few over the weekend. One female was so insulted that I had NEVER heard of her. “You should follow me and my blog!” she tweeted, “Can't believe you haven't heard.” And so I asked, “And what do you do in real life?” **crickets** Um, hmm – I thought so. A legend in her own mind.

  13. October 28, 2009 - Reply

    What kills me is how easy it is for people come out of pocket because of Internet Anonymity. Quick to call somebody fugg, busted, tramp, trollop, or insult their intelligence but if you ask them to show their own faces…they'll disappear as fast as they dropped the hate…

    Meglomania indeed…

  14. October 31, 2009 - Reply

    So funny, yet so true. Nothing says it like satire. Wait, should I still be on here…

  15. November 2, 2009 - Reply

    LMAO girl this shit is not only hilarious but sooo true!

  16. November 9, 2009 - Reply

    Just head this conversation with my girflfriend just this morning. I have to admit, I am addicted to that trainwreck “mediatakeout” but the sad part is the same people post comments everyday and race to see who is first and proceed to post nothing but negative judgemental comments about people they have never met doing things that they will probably never do. I wonder if they sit at their computers waiting for the new blog to come out every night to see who's first!! How sad!!!

  17. November 9, 2009 - Reply

    Just head this conversation with my girflfriend just this morning. I have to admit, I am addicted to that trainwreck “mediatakeout” but the sad part is the same people post comments everyday and race to see who is first and proceed to post nothing but negative judgemental comments about people they have never met doing things that they will probably never do. I wonder if they sit at their computers waiting for the new blog to come out every night to see who's first!! How sad!!!

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