August 21, 2014

Are All DJs Narcissists?

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Creative types have a reputation for self-love

Narcissistic Personality Disorder (N.P.D.) has been eliminated from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—sorta sharing the same fate as Pluto.

What does that mean for DJs?

We all know that a line separates the temperament of an entrepreneur from a person who could use psychiatric help. Many successful DJs and DJ business owners possess personality quirks that, if expressed in great amounts, would qualify as full-on Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Let’s face it, to do what you do requires a bit of being bat-sh#@ crazy.

Why else would anyone think they know more than anyone else when it comes to having a good time?

What is N.P.D.? And do you qualify?

The central requirement, according to the New York Times, is a special kind of self-absorption: a grandiose sense of self that is often accompanied by fantasies of greatness. It is the difference between two high school baseball players of moderate ability: one is absolutely convinced he’ll be a major-league player, the other is hoping for a college scholarship.

Of course, it would be premature to call the major-league hopeful a narcissist at such an early age, but imagine that same kind of unstoppable, unrealistic attitude 10 or 20 years later.

The second requirement for N.P.D., again, according to the Times: since the narcissist is so convinced of his high station (most are men), he automatically expects that others will recognize his superior qualities and will tell him so. This is often referred to as “mirroring.” It’s not enough that he knows he’s great. Others must confirm it as well, and they must do so in the spirit of “vote early, and vote often.”

How does your psychological profile dovetail with your entrepreneurial ambitions?

“My wife calls me a narcissist all the time,” says DJ Jose from San Diego. “And I agree. Whenever I walk into a party or a function, I believe that if I were behind the decks the party would be better. I have no doubt about that. That’s why, instead of merely expecting to get praise for my ability, I expect to get paid. $750 for three hours.”

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