Don’t you just hate name droppers?

Quite frankly I cannot stand name droppers. In fact, only the other day I mentioned this aversion to the Prime

Quite frankly I cannot stand name droppers. In fact, only the other day I mentioned this aversion to the Prime Minister when he called to get some advice on dealing with the challenges in the economy.

Of course, being a patriotic and non-partisan Australian I was more than happy to give the PM all the help he needs as you would expect of me. And I am more than willing to extend the same help to the Opposition Leader when he calls me tomorrow as usual. Nobody can accuse me of being selfish.

Mind you, I hope that both of them don’t overstep the boundaries and start calling me day and night.
Your usual name dropper is really a desperately insecure narcissist who mistakenly thinks that they are more attractive, more intelligent and more important than everybody else. Their usually very modest achievements are wildly exaggerated and their ego knows no limit.

An American pal of mine, the internationally renowned psychologist Dr Ellen Henrikson, has written a learned paper, “Ten Ways to Spot a Narcissist”. She consulted me frequently during the preparation of this seminal work although I declined to be mentioned as the inspiration when it was published to huge acclaim. I’m certainly not the pushy type at all.

She wrote, “A narcissist thinks he’s entitled to a buzz of conversation when he walks in the room, to the deference of others or to preferential treatment. Exploiting the intern or blaming the waiter is typical. He’s a victim entitled to better and is contemptuous of the successes of others.”

A narcissist will rarely mention other people except to blame them for something or to name drop. Why the latter? They want to associate themselves with power, beauty or fame. And it’s not limited to people — prestigious institutions, name brands and exclusive events all get mentioned by narcissists with unmistakable frequency.”
How every true.

It is one of my golden rules never to blame anybody unless, of course, they warrant it and then it is done in a sympathetic, caring and sharing way so that they can learn and grow as people. Indeed, I would be doing such people a grave disservice if I didn’t point out the error of their ways. In fact only recently at a Strategic Directions Workshop at Melbourne University where I was the keynote speaker, I had to expose some of the irrational rants of a so-called academic whose name I won’t mention. The poor fool thinks that just because he got a Nobel Prize he is an expert on his subject.

Dr Hendrickson cleverly called the “selfie stick” the “wand of narcissism” – I bet you can guess who mentioned that to her – and I just loathe and pity those who want to have their snaps taken with famous people so they can pretend they know them. I can identify them easily from a brief perusal of my 87-volume set of photographs because sometimes they have managed to get into shot. One former Governor-General managed to squeezed himself into a snap of me and the then PM for example. It’s pathetic, really it is.

By the way, a major international publisher wants to make a series of high quality coffee table books from my albums. He’s certain that they would be best sellers and who am I to argue with that expertise?

You have to be very, very careful of these people because at least at first glance they seem to be likable. Yes, they can appear to shallow minds to be charismatic and personable. I can see straight through fraudsters like these people. I was warning everybody about Christopher Skase ages before he fled overseas but, sadly, few took any notice probably because I didn’t make an issue of it. I don’t make issues of issues.

Fundamentally, I am a very shy and withdrawn person not given to loud self-promotion. And I happily and gratefully listen to valid criticisms when, of course, they really are valid. However, I find usually that any criticisms of me are just based on a raging jealousy so I can ignore them. I well recall that the former PM Malcolm Fraser once had the temerity to accuse me of manipulating the truth in a certain political matter. It was on 19 March, 2015 and guess what? The next day he died. God works in mysterious ways.

Narcissists have no idea at all about fidelity and honesty in personal relationships. I’ve made a point of mentioning that to the last nine of my life-time partners just to keep them on their toes and to let them know that I know about their devious ways.

Anyway, I must sign off now. I’m already running late for my lunch with Mick Fanning, Michelle Payne and Johnathan Thurston and you know what they are like if kept waiting.

Well, if you don’t know, I do.

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  1. Amelia  

    Thank you, Russell, I haven’t had such a hearty laugh, from an article read in such a long time!
    It’s SO true!

    But I’ll have to leave it there, as I’ve got to get moving, as having a ‘High Morning Tea’ with Sen Pauline Hanson.

    Bye for now!

    • Russell Grenning  

      Thanks Amelia – In fact, Pauline mentioned this high morning tea with you only a few days ago. She said she was looking forward to it!

  2. So glad you are not one of those narcissistic name droppers Russell. When you are next talking to Malcolm could you please give him some good advice – he needs it.

    • Russell Grenning  

      Quite a lot of people – Trump, Hilary and Bill Clinton and Obama for example have all mentioned to me that it is a great pleasure for them to meet somebody as downright ordinary and as deeply sincere as I am. I’m forever giving Mal good advice but I’m getting to the stage of blocking him as he hardly ever seems to accept it.

  3. Jim Richardson  

    A great article Russell. Thank you for your insight into the sad, narcissistic people that dwell amongst us. I am so impressed with your article that l will show it to Jay, Tom and the rest of the SA Cabinet when they next call me in for advice regarding the nRAH contractual problems.

    • Russell Grenning  

      Jim, Many thanks. I do wish you success when you show my modest little piece to the SA Cabinet. I do remember that the last time I was in Adelaide and Jay and the team had called me in for advice on several problems, the lights failed and then we had to walk down ten flights of stairs because the bloody backup generator had run out of diesel fuel. Never again, I said as I groped my way back to my hotel in pitch darkness. Alexander had warned me in a call from the High Commission in London the previous day of the risks I would be running but, as usual, my innate decency and my guiding spirit of helpfulness for lessor mortals made me ago. I can tell you that I had conceived several ideas of what to do with candles to the entire SA Cabinet by the time I reached my hotel room semi-light by a kerosene lamp.

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