As I was driving South to a meeting this morning I half heard an item on the BBC Radio 4 World Service. It suggested that: My immediate response was "Are they referring to Trump or to Boris Johnson?" As it happens, the article doesn't refer to either. However, reading the article one can't help but feel that it characterises many "successful" people. Other quotes that I would extract from the article are : "Narcissism is part of the ‘Dark Tetrad’ of personality that also includes Machiavellianism, Psychopathy and Sadism. There are two main dimensions to narcissism – grandiose and vulnerable. Vulnerable narcissists are likely to be more defensive and view the behaviour of others as hostile whereas grandiose narcissists usually have an over inflated sense of importance and a preoccupation with status and power."and "Individuals high on the spectrum of dark traits, such as narcissism, engage in risky behaviour, hold an unrealistic superior view of themselves, are overconfident, show little empathy for others, and have little shame or guilt." I believe many people who succeed in the world of politics, in business and probably in the sport and entertainment worlds could be said to exhibit these characteristics. Aside from the currently obvious Trump and Johnson, I think immediately of Thatcher, Blair, Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Mike Ashley, Philip Green, Steve Jobs, Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna and Harvey Weinstein - all of them supremely arrogant, self-confident, utterly shameless and invariably suspicious of others. I have no doubt that there are others and there are inevitably exceptions that prove the rule but I can't immediately think of any examples of the latter - Mandela, Gandhi perhaps? Is Narcissism an almost essential pre-requisite for success in life and are the meek destined to inherit absolutely nothing?