There are several professions that tend to be dominated by narcissistic personalities. If you think about the self-absorbed nature of this type of personality, you can begin to imagine which ones would be likely. Your mind may think of models, actors, personal trainers, government officials, athletics coach, doctors, nurses, and possibly even scout leaders. Obviously, not all people in these positions are narcissistic, but these are the types of jobs and careers that many choose. Today we want to explore two of those personalities that tend to have high self esteem and a true love for oneself. These two professions are police officers and attorneys.
Police Officers In A Position of Power
The policeman is the true symbol of power. As a cop, you have the ability to take law into your own hands, and handle issues as they arise. There is a high value given to this profession by most people, and the respect and authority that should be given to this type of individual is off the charts. What other person is willing to risk their own life in order to help others? Not many other than maybe fireman and our military. Unfortunately, this level of power also helps feed narcissistic people. Many times, the power becomes the true essence of the person.
Real protection is what a police officer is supposed to be providing, but how often does it turn into a true power trip that prevents rational and normal behavior. Lets take for example a routine traffic stop, and a potential arrest for drinking and driving, or DWI, which is driving while intoxicated. Before the DWI lawyer ever enters the picture, we have a police officer that often times is demeaning, and takes a little too much of his power to his head. At times, we have heard of these routine DUI checkpoints turning into lectures, and in other cases, a display of power through excessive force. There have been cited instances of officers pulling drunks out of a car, roughing them up, and using excessive force to make an arrest. Here is an example of this excessive force being caught on video in 2011.
The fact that police officers tend to have a hint of narcissism is not surprising, nor would it surprise many that the people defending those arrested of crimes such as DUI would be considered a bit narcissistic. DUI lawyers and criminal lawyers also tend to have very high opinions of themselves. Being able to have charges dropped in a criminal case for something like drinking while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a pretty high position of power. Think Johnnie Cochran (look at how he spells his name) and OJ Simpson, where a man is found not guilty of the most brutal crime. You think Mr. Cochran didn’t have the highest opinion of his person?