Narcissistic Rage and the Failure of Empathy: ‘Citizen Kane’

In this article, instead of trying to demonstrate the features of any particular label, I’d like to discuss two psychological traits that show up in a number of apparently distinct diagnostic entities, and I’ll use the main character from that classic film, Citizen Kane, to demonstrate them.

 

The first of these features — a lack of empathy — is a diagnostic criterion of both narcissistic personality disorder and various autism spectrum disorders.

 

The second, narcissistic rage, features in both borderline and narcissistic personality disorders.

 

By Joseph Burgo