I ran across this article which led to an “Aha” moment. Hubris Syndrome combines aspects of different personality disorders, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder.
—————The symptoms of hubris syndrome, from a scholarly article: ————–
|Proposed criteria for hubris syndrome, and their correspondence to features of cluster B personality disorders in DSM-IV|
|1. A narcissistic propensity to see their world primarily as an arena in which to exercise power and seek glory; NPD.6|
|2. A predisposition to take actions which seem likely to cast the individual in a good light—i.e. in order to enhance image; NPD.1|
|3. A disproportionate concern with image and presentation; NPD.3|
|4. A messianic manner of talking about current activities and a tendency to exaltation; NPD.2|
|5. An identification with the nation, or organization to the extent that the individual regards his/her outlook and interests as identical; (unique)|
|6. A tendency to speak in the third person or use the royal ‘we’; (unique)|
|7. Excessive confidence in the individual’s own judgement and contempt for the advice or criticism of others; NPD.9|
|8. Exaggerated self-belief, bordering on a sense of omnipotence, in what they personally can achieve; NPD.1 and 2 combined|
|9. A belief that rather than being accountable to the mundane court of colleagues or public opinion, the court to which they answer is: History or God; NPD.3|
|10. An unshakable belief that in that court they will be vindicated; (unique)|
|11. Loss of contact with reality; often associated with progressive isolation; APD 3 and 5|
|12. Restlessness, recklessness and impulsiveness; (unique)|
|13. A tendency to allow their ‘broad vision’, about the moral rectitude of a proposed course, to obviate the need to consider practicality, cost or outcomes; (unique)|
|14. Hubristic incompetence, where things go wrong because too much self-confidence has led the leader not to worry about the nuts and bolts of policy; HPD.5|
APD = Anti-Social Personality Disorder; HPD = Histrionic Personality Disorder; NPD = Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
In making the diagnosis of hubris syndrome we suggest that ≥3 of the 14 defining symptoms should be present of which at least one must be amongst the five components identified as unique.
—– Back to discussion —————-
Here are some characteristics that Weinland displays from the list above:
- (#6 unique) I have heard Weinland use the royal “we”, as in “we believe”.
- (#7 NPD) Although Ron talks about “walking side by side to God’s house in counsel-blended sweet”, at the end of the day he’s not willing to accept the advice or criticism of others .
- (#8 NPD) He has an exaggerated self-belief in what he can achieve (#8). Millions of people will still yet join his church.
- (#9 NPD) Weinland thinks he only answers to God.
- (#10 unique) Ron had the hubris to think he could take the witness stand in court and get off. Instead he just made himself look even worse, bragging about the suit the church paid for that he was wearing to court on non-church business. And his explanations for his Swiss bank account.
- (#14 HPD) Ron left the nuts-and-bolts of financial accounting to Laura.
With 6 characteristics 2 of them being “unique”, in my opinion Weinland meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Hubris Syndrome. Perhaps some of my readers more familiar with him could add to this list.