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This is from the pseudonymous poster “Milton Roe” at The Wikipedia Review, a bulletin board dedicated to holding Wikipedia’s feet to the fire for its poor governance, off-the-wall leadership, and rampaging inaccuracy.  The specfiic quote is taken from a discussion of narcissism where “Roe” was referring to a particular Wikipedia administrator.  However, I think I’ve known someone like this… just can’t place them…

So quite frequently, it’s not worth the time to fight one of these people, once you identify them. Don’t hire them. Don’t work for them. For godssake, stay away from venues where they have power, if you can. If you were suckered into it, find ways of disconnecting in ways that hurt the least.

Sometimes justice and outrage demands you do something about eggregious ones, but if, in your mind, you have the idea that you’re going to “win,” and have them admit error and/or gain self insight, forget it. Many imprisoned persons are raging narcissists. But you cannot punish a narcissist– all you can do is HURT them. They learn nothing from it. So if you’re on your crucade to de-fang on behalf of the next person in to be mauled, good luck. If you’re in it to acheive a football or poker victory, you don’t understand the game. This is not a person who will let you have the pot with a smile. They’ll accuse you of cheating. They might shoot you. In the end, any poker chips you get won’t be worth the emotional cost.


Author: Rob Hoffmann

Occasional blogger, slightly less occasional improv player/ref/tech, full-time computer techie, radio producer (basketball, mostly), generally nice person (if you ask me).

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