NARCISSIST BELIEVES ALL STORIES ON SATIRICAL NEWS SITE ARE ABOUT HIM
Rene Provost is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore. "There's this ridiculous website called Party News, and all the articles on it are about me," says Rene. "Every single story on that site is about me. Every last one of them." Rene claims the website owner is secretly in love with him, and that's why he keeps writing about him.
Rene's friends, however, don't see it that way. "None of the stories on that site are about him," says Ellen Sage. "Half the stories are about crazy sex, the other half are about crazy crimes. It's the kind of stuff Rene would never be involved in. Rene's a great guy, but he thinks too highly of himself and sometimes he acts like the world revolves around him."
The site owner, party promoter Cliff Radwaithe, says that the stories are drawn from a variety of sources. "Some stories are based on real events that took place in Montreal," says Cliff. "Other stories are based on events that took place around the world, and some of the stories are completely fabricated. None of these stories, however, are inspired by Rene Provost. I don't know the man, the writers who work for me don't know the man, no one I associate with knows the man. He's free to believe what he wants, but really, none of us at Party News know what this guy is talking about. There are stories we've shared based on actual Montrealers, but he's not one of them."
Psychologist Earl Wittinger says it's not uncommon for narcissist to think that the media they consume is about them. "Some people are so vain, they think the movies they watch are about them, the songs they listen to are about them, and the articles they read about them," says Earl. "And this kind of vanity has been on the rise with the ascendancy of social media. People in the west are becoming more and more self-absorbed thanks to websites like twitter and facebook. In the years to come, more and more people will mistakenly believe that the stories they read on the web are actually about them. That's what the internet is doing to people. It's making them more self-absorbed."