Politicians' Biggest Battle: Themselves

Can Narcissists Recover?

And while Edwards may have finally been brought back to earth after his recent admission of adultery, psychologists aren't so sure that his days of narcissism are behind him.

Founder and director of the Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey, Behary said that the degree of the long-term effects of Edwards' adultery will determine whether the former presidential hopeful will change his ways.

"His recovery depends on the consequences," Behary said. "If there is no meaningful consequence of what he's done, typically change will not happen."

But, she added, "If he loses power or a job or there is legal intervention, then he might."

While some may see Edwards' interview as an acknowledgement of guilt and a genuine apology, others still might be wary, remaining sure that the admission is yet another calculated move of a professional narcissist.

"Going on television says two things: one, that he can't hide anymore because he was up against the wall, and two, that narcissists are always thinking about themselves and their appearance to the audience," Behary said.

"Edwards may just be thinking that the best way to preserve his ego is to take some ownership and [give his behavior a title] by saying he's narcissistic," she said.

Edwards, Behary points out, is the first of the fallen politicians in recent history -- former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, to name a couple -- to label his indiscretions.

"Edwards is using terminology that others have not dared to use," Behary said. "He might just be doing it to say, 'Look, I have this syndrome, I have this problem.'

"By putting a diagnostic label on it might be another way of not taking responsibility."

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