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Old March 11th, 2007, 8:55 am
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A Study in Evil: Voldemort, the Malignant Narcissist

Discussion of the editorial A Study in Evil: Voldemort, the Malignant Narcissist by Maria Chang.


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Old March 11th, 2007, 10:23 am
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I loved this editorial - it was very well researched, thought-out and written. I've read a few editorials that also try to analyse Voldemort's psychology, but this was definately one of the best ones. A bit on the lengthy side, but facinating enough to keep the reader interested.

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Old March 11th, 2007, 3:34 pm
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Re: A Study in Evil: Voldemort, the Malignant Narcissist

Well resesarched and presented.


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Old March 11th, 2007, 6:54 pm
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This editorial is one of the best editorial's on The Dark Lord's character and motives. I have read many editorials on the Dark Lord and this is the best I have ever read on him! Well research and presented!


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Old March 11th, 2007, 8:32 pm
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This is a pretty good and well discussed editorial. I disagree with the equating of these things with "evil" per se: "evil" is a simplistic and almost useless word. It means "I do not like it." (For example, it cites the current Pope, who I would simplistically described as "evil" because of his abhorrent and unethical views on many topics; this really is just a euphemism, however, and although I think that he is a bad person, I do not think that is is some sort of "orc.")

The one important point that it neglects to this end concerns free will. One thing that neurological and psychological studies stress (and which this editorial comes close to mentioning, but strays away at the end) is that free will is limited by the ability of the mind to come up with options. Smart people have more free will than do stupid people. Why? Chamber of Secrets shows us: "Why didn't you send an owl, Potter?" Harry never thought of it, therefore it was not a choice. Of course, Harry was 12, and 12 year olds are not as capable of thinking through options as are older people.

Now, let's take Voldemort. The editorial lists (correctly, I think) that lack of empathy diagnosis narcissism. However, it incorrectly states that it is an unwillingness to recognize the feelings of others. Most studies suggest that it not unwillingness: it is simply inability. I cannot play a Mozart piano concerto. Why? Not because I am unwilling. It is because I fundamentally lack the talent. Voldemort, for whatever reasons, fundamentally lacks the ability to understand that other people have their own thoughts and feelings.


This is an important thing to remember. The mentally handicapped are not so handicapped because of unwillingness to be "normal." Our minds are the products of chemical reactions - unlike in Potterverse, there is no ghost in the machine - and if the chemistry is wrong, then the potential is altered.


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Old March 11th, 2007, 10:25 pm
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Well I noted the Alois=Elvis=Evils. I think JKR is playing with such analogies, while not going too far. I hope the mass murders will not take place in Wizard's War II, this wouldnt serve the book... This book's aim is to show that tragedy can be prevented by desacralysing things that have no reason to be sacred and should not be sacred (money for example).
She's such a hippy spirit. Today i've been listening to Queen hahaha I wonder if JKR listens to it while writing her books
I'm no religious at all, and in my depth i really dislike religion (because of my way of thinking that religion is not faith) though I like faith and faiths. But I think Evil exists, and that it takes place in the moment you are conscious of hurting someone else and you're not able to stop. I mean, I don't think the Pope is being evil while saying his opinions. He doesn't order people to do what he says. Popes have been evil when they ordered mass murders.


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Old March 11th, 2007, 11:54 pm
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Re: A Study in Evil: Voldemort, the Malignant Narcissist

an excellent editorial, cleary from the list of references it was very well reaserched and not just some incoherant thoughts typed in 10 minutes. It really takes the level of discussion up a notch.


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Old March 12th, 2007, 10:02 am
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Helpful. And Narcissia?


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Well written and researched, but it took a little too long to get to the point of comparison. Way too lengthy explanation/definition of a narcissist.


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Old March 18th, 2007, 6:31 pm
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Re: A Study in Evil: Voldemort, the Malignant Narcissist

HEy NIce work. Good opinion in my opinion.
Cheers

Why are my posts stuck at three???? I done like 20


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Awesome. Your editorial is very well researched, and it explains Voldemort better than anything I've read before this. Great job.


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