The Narcissism Of Home Improvement – Nytimes.com

Unanticipated problems always crop up. And most important, the real product usually falls short of that idealized, perfect vision with which the homeowners began. Because narcissistic people never question themselves or their own choices when things go wrong, these homeowners will then turn on their contractor. As in a failing marriage when disillusionment sets in, these narcissistic homeowners often feel deceived and victimized by their contractor. They may blame him or her for everything that has gone awry, even for things that were beyond anyones control. In lieu of the grateful praise they lavished at the outset, they may scream, swear and demand satisfaction — now! The contractor naturally feels unappreciated and may come to despise the clients.

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