ATHLETE NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER

Sports build good character when good characters coach the sports and good characters participate in sports. Nowadays, many college amateur Athletes suffer psychopathology.
• Suffer egotistical, entitlement psychopathological morbidity classified in the new IDC-10 Diagnosis Codes (International Classification of Disease) Narcissistic Personality Disorder 2016 (NPD) (code F60.81)
• It is estimated that NPD affects up to 5 % of the population in general. Males are affected more often than females. First formulated in 1968, NPD was historically called megalomania, and is a form of severe egocentrism.
• No statistics for Athletes
• It is classified as a cluster B personality disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.[3]
• NPD is a personality disorder, characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, an excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others.[1] People with the disorder often come across as arrogant, callous, and envious, and tend to be exploitative in their interpersonal relationships. They can be excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity. As a personality disorder, those with NPD generally have poor insight into their condition and may not acknowledge that their behavior causes problems for others or for themselves.
• “Personality can be comprehensively defined as the unique total characteristics of an individual that colors his/her behavior.
• “Extraversion, perfectionism, and narcissistic personality traits have been found to be the most common personality traits in athletes.
• “Moreover, personality traits have been found to correlate with athletes’ performance.
• “Researchers have shown that professional athletes have higher self-esteem, sensation seeking.
• “Athletic identity is the degree to which an individual views himself within the athlete role and looks to others for confirmation of that role.
• “Athletic identity includes three main factors:
1. social identity,
2. exclusivity,
3. and negative affectivity.
• Personality disorders in athletes follow the usual classification in diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-IV) and may impact many athletes’ careers in sport. [Personality and Personality Disorders in Athletes, Clinical Sports Psychiatry: An International Perspective by David A. Baron, Claudia L. Reardon and Steven H. Baron, 2013 DOI: 10.1002/9781118404904.ch6]
• Other layers affecting Athletes are:
1. Doping and Medical Ethics
2. Lack of Awareness and Education
3. Affected themselves by previous Adverse Childhood and Adolescent, Experiences, Human Rights Violations / Abuse
4. “Many factors punctuate college football today. Excessive alcohol use during season accompanied by “partying” and misbehavior has become a severe problem among SEC athletes.
5. According to an unofficial athlete arrest count, tallied from 2010-2012, Missouri had 18 arrests, not counting two coaches’ arrest for DWI. Vanderbilt had the fewest with only 1 in that span: Florida (17), Georgia (15), Arkansas (12), Ole Miss (11), Auburn and, Kentucky (9 each), Alabama (7), LSU (6) and Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee (5). [By Hank Rippetoe, The Times-Picayune, on Jul 1, 2013, NOLA.com]
6. Football coaches say they are struggling with the Marijuana epidemic among football recruits. [College football coaches grapple with marijuana ‘epidemic’, by Edgar Thompson, Brendan Sonnone, Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel, Nov 24, 2015]
7. The D-1 college football culture has changed from years past. The problems are multifactorial. The athletes now demand freedoms, possibly imagined in the past, but not acted-out by athletes in those days.
• Then there are Enablers
1. Poor Accountability by Governments, Criminal Justice Systems, Health and Human Rights Departments, National and International Sports Federations and Associations, Sports Medicine Departments, Parents, Teachers, Coaches,
2. Dysfunctional Sports Community: Poor Accountability by School Boards, School Officials, Athletic Directors, Coaches, Attorneys, Doctors, Entire and Parents.
3. “Many coaches say athletes enter college addicted to the drug that they’ve seen widely used in many of their communities or, in some cases, even in their homes.
4. Florida State Coach Fisher said “he hopes he can make it clear to his athletes that they simply have to stop smoking marijuana in college.”
5. “You’ve got to prevent it,” Fisher said. “You’ve got to help the ones you do (see test positive). … Where they come from, a lot of times it’s accepted. You’re trying to help someone, not throw someone out. You can catch anyone doing anything anytime you want to, but it’s about helping educate those kids and getting a better life for themselves.” So, some coaches are not fully disciplining their athletes who break the rules.
6. Has the D-1 football culture become a culture of marijuana addicts and have coaches become quasi rehabilitation officers and drug court judges, who risk losing with athletes, who violate rules, in hopes of winning addicted recruits, who might possibly make a big play? Credible research should be initiated.
• But “No Sport is a Kingdom unto its own”. “No one is above the Law.” former Secretary of State, Condeleezza Rice. [42. Former Secretary Condoleezza Rice. Regarding the Penn State Tragedy, Interview on CNN State of the Nation, Candy Crowley Nov 20, 2011]
• It appears that the “football culture (and other sports, indeed) needs to return to an Athlete Centered Sport with predominately respectable Athlete, Coach and Athletic Community integrity.”
• Coaches, the administration and the fans need courage and boldness and risk losing games with self-disciplined, student athletes for the sake of athletes “going long” setting moral, self-disciplined conduct, leadership standards. [College football coaches grapple with marijuana ‘epidemic’, by Edgar Thompson, Brendan Sonnone, Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel, Nov 24, 2015]
• Oh yes, there are million dollar athletes, with 10¢ attitudinal brains, who have inconsistent great performances, can’t finish in the 2nd half, get arrested and suspended from teams and abuse women.

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