Zuckerberg as therapy

It’s an obvious question, surely many have pondered… Was the Mark Zuckerberg portrayed in the motion picture the Social Network suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Grandios Pathologic Narcissism) or Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum)? The character was thieving & distinctly unlikeable which made for compelling viewing.

Clinical psychologist Joseph Burgo PhD has written on his blog:

From the opening scene with his girlfriend Erika, where he sneers at Boston University and condescendingly tells her he’ll give her the opportunity to mingle with people she wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to meet, to his disdain for the lawyers who question him, Zuckerberg behaves with consistent arrogance. He clearly feels himself to be above everyone in intelligence and entitled to treat other people in any way he sees fit. Contempt is the hallmark of his character.

Whilst the potential benefits of social networking are numerous, this blogger considers it is reasonable to surmise that Zuckerberg’s creation, Facebook might be used as a very fulfilling on-line vehicle for those with traits of narcissism.

Obviously the real-life Zuckerberg is not necessarily like the character portrayed in the movie. Yeah, right!

Columbia Pictures is owner of the copyright in the film the Social Network. Stills are solely provided for the purposes of research & education under the Fair Use provisions of the Copyright Act in this jurisdiction.

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One Response to Zuckerberg as therapy

  1. dbrmuz says:

    Facebook drove me mental the few times I was stupid enough to attempt to be a part of it.Perhaps I’m just too modest. 😉

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