To look at him, physically he is a full grown man. Intellectually, he’s one of the brighter student athletes at FSU. A lot of Florida Gator fans would not characterize that as a very high bar, but I digress.
I think that Jameis suffers from a far greater shortcoming that will haunt him from now on. He’s a narcissist. He can’t help himself.
By definition narcissism comes from ancient Greece. Narcissus was a handsome Greek, who rejected desperate advances of nymph Echo. These advances eventually led Narcissus to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool of water.
The concept of selfishness has been recognized throughout history. In ancient Greece, it became known as hubris. Only recently has it been defined in psychological terms.
Jameis is only the second freshmen and the youngest player in college football to ever win the Heisman Trophy. His actions off the gridiron are matched only by his huge success on the field.
Jameis thrives on controversy. When Florida State University benched him for the Clemson game recently, he had the audacity to fully dress in pads and show up on the sidelines. Coach Jimbo Fisher sent him straight to the locker room to take off the pads. He can’t resist not having the camera squarely on his face.
He’s a bright guy, but he just doesn’t get it. His desire for notoriety and fame is an addiction that he’ll never beat. Like
Narcissus himself, he’s in love with his image in the water. And if there wasn’t a fire for Jameis to put out, he’d start one. He’s that desperate to play the role of “the hero.”
Former NFL super scout Bucky Brooks sums Jameis up in one word: FRAUD.
My guess is this leopard isn’t going to change his spots. He’s going to keep on tripping over his massive ego until he stumbles into an abyss from which he will never recover… unless he gets help.
If an NFL General Manager makes a decision to draft a Jameis Winston and he decides to go off the radar on a Sunday, the GM’s job is on the line. Talent notwithstanding, the extra baggage becomes more than the bravest team can bear. History shows it will affect his on-the-field decisions.
Still, Jameis’ desire to be the hero might be the thing that saves him. It is said that about 1 percent of all Americans are narcissist.
Even Freud recognized that there is such a thing as “healthy narcissism.” The narcissist sees this as self-confidence. They legitimately think they are better than others.
Freud even felt that all individuals have some healthy narcissism in them. He argued that healthy narcissism is an essential part of normal development derived partially from the love of parents for their child and their attitude toward the child. The child’s omnipotence is an offspring of the parent’s, a revival and reproduction of their own
Jameis’ confidence on the gridiron transcends to his personal life. He sees himself above the law, above the rules and has yet to understand the consequence of his actions because there have never been any consequences, until FSU’s Interim President benched him for one game.
That decision took away the “hero” role he would have played if he had come in and saved the day in their win over Clemson. Turns out that Clemson self-destructed and Superman was not needed anyway.
Since healthy narcissism has to do with strong feelings of “own love” of protecting one’s self. Jameis is more of a megalomaniac on a mission. By definition megalomania is characterized by one having delusional fantasies of power, relevance and omnipotence, hurried along by one’s inflated self-esteem.
Adolf Hitler was widely considered to be a megalomaniac. Like Hitler, Jameis has grandiose delusions about being invincible to losing on the field. Hitler thought he was invincible as well.
Jameis transferred these delusions of grandeur on the field into his personal life, taking a variety of chances, such as taking advantage of a female coed at FSU, among other things.
These feelings of omnipotence may have their roots in manic state and bipolar disorder as well as schizophrenia. In short, Jameis may be suffering from diseases of which he himself may be totally unaware.
There. I said it. It may not be his fault that he takes the liberties he takes.
The good news is that his high self-esteem that he has for himself may be the single best mediator between him and his narcissistic behavior.
Self-esteem reflects his own feeling about his own self-worth, self-regard, self-consciousness and self-respect.
Narcissists think they are above the fray and better than others.
Their views tend to be contrary to reality because their self view is so grossly exaggerated. They see themselves as being unique and special and above the law. They aren’t.
Get help Jameis… before it’s too late!
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Michael Aun is a syndicated columnist and writes a weekly column for this newspaper. To contact Michael Aun, email him at email@example.com.