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Is Putin a Malignant Narcissist? If So, Can We Predict His Future Actions?

Putin’s attack on Ukraine. Why is he doing it? What drives him to act with such ferocity to destroy a county, innocent civilians, children? In this episode, Bill and Megan discuss whether Putin is a malignant narcissist, what that means, and whether his future actions can be predicted with this knowledge.

To get insight into this personality type and how it manifests in Putin’s framework, listen in as Bill and Megan discuss The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil by Erich Fromm wherein Fromm explains malignant narcissism in leaders, along with these important notes:

  • What do malignant narcissists want?
  • Do they want unlimited power over others?
  • Are malignant narcissists unusual and rare? Or do we find them in the workplace and in political leadership?
  • Why is this happening now?
  • Does Putin think he can get away with what he’s doing?
  • Does he have the ability to stop himself?
  • What is needed by Ukraine and by the world to stop him?

This is one of our most important episodes — one that everyone should hear to gain an understanding of the realities of what the world is dealing with and what, if anything, can be done to stop him.

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Note: We are not diagnosing anyone in our discussions, merely discussing patterns of behavior.

  • 00:00 – Welcome to It’s All Your Fault
  • 02:30 – What is Malignant Narcissism?
  • 06:11 – Diagnosis in public… for the public good.
  • 09:47 – Have there been signals in public?
  • 16:05 – Gaslighting
  • 19:30 – The Nuclear Option
  • 23:04 – What can we do?
  • 25:36 – Why is this happening now?
  • 27:20 – Ukranian Leadership
  • 29:41 – Final Thoughts

Further Listening

Each week, Bill Eddy and Megan Hunter will be exploring the five types of people who can ruin your life — people with high conflict personalities — and how they weave themselves into our lives in romance, at work, next door, at school, places of worship, and just about everywhere, causing chaos, exhaustion, and dread for everyone else.

Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Bill Eddy is HCI’s co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer. He pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) and is viewed globally as the leading expert on managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities.

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Megan Hunter, MBA

Megan Hunter is HCI’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Within her role at HCI, she also serves as a leading expert in high conflict personalities in all settings, focusing primarily on the workplace, customer service, government/public service, ombuds, and religious organizations. Her degrees in business and economics combined with her years of experience in the legal arena are a valuable blend for many conflict settings.

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Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Bill Eddy is HCI’s co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer. He pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) and is viewed globally as the leading expert on managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities.

Megan Zoom

Megan Hunter, MBA

Megan Hunter is HCI’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Within her role at HCI, she also serves as a leading expert in high conflict personalities in all settings, focusing primarily on the workplace, customer service, government/public service, ombuds, and religious organizations. Her degrees in business and economics combined with her years of experience in the legal arena are a valuable blend for many conflict settings.