Regarding Jack Kelly's column, "Who's the Narcissist?" (July 26):
I can accept the fact that the conservative columnist wrote a snarky piece about why President Obama is supposedly a narcissistic personality. I can accept it as the Republican "right back at ya!" retort to Democrats saying the same about Sarah Palin.
I can also accept that such a piece will inevitably contain the stock clever-sounding insults and sophisticated playground taunts. What I cannot accept, however, is that Mr. Kelly decided to rely on Sam Vaknin as his quoted expert on narcissistic personality disorder.
According to his own writings on the Internet, Mr. Vaknin's academic training in psychology is limited to his certification in "counseling techniques" from "Brainbench," which appears to be some sort of online course. He boasts a Ph.D in philosophy from "Pacific Western University," which he takes great and conspicuous pains to explain is NOT a diploma mill. And Mr. Vaknin, according to his own writings, is a convicted felon who spent time in jail for bank fraud.
Mr. Vaknin also is a self-confessed sufferer of narcissistic personality disorder himself. On the Internet, he posts comically dishonest and aggrandizing tidbits about himself while at the same time acknowledging that he is being comically dishonest and aggrandizing.
Why on Earth would Jack Kelly cite this guy as an expert?