Is Elizabeth Holmes psychopathic

Female narcissism

Elizabeth Holmes had done it: in her early 30s, she was the world's youngest self-made billionaire. She graced the covers of the most important business papers, and "Time Magazine" named her one of the 100 most influential people of today. The world had long waited for such a model entrepreneur and power woman; to one that was on an equal footing with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who died in 2011. The latter was Holmes ’great role model. Not only professionally, but also in terms of fashion, she emulated him and usually wore a black turtleneck sweater.

Their idea promised to be as revolutionary as the iPhone: A new analysis system should carry out numerous laboratory tests with just a few drops of blood, detect viruses, antibodies and cancer markers and search for more than 100 diseases within a few minutes. To implement this plan, Holmes dropped out of her chemical engineering degree at Stanford University and founded the start-up Theranos. With her self-confident demeanor, her big blue eyes and her charisma, she cast a spell over people and won numerous wealthy supporters. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and many others invested millions in their company ...

Great and vulnerable
  1. Narcissism is a personality trait that is normally distributed in the population and has both positive and negative sides. One speaks of a narcissistic personality disorder only when a high level leads to suffering and problems.

  2. Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed. This may be due to different character traits and gender stereotypes, as well as the fact that women are more prone to a form of pathological narcissism that is easily overlooked.

  3. With this so-called vulnerable narcissism, those affected also secretly consider themselves something very special and have high standards, but tend to have a lower self-esteem and avoid assessment situations.

This article is included in Brain & Mind 12/2020