Some people have a mania for grandeur and this drives them into all sorts of exaggerated behavior. They feel superior to others, lie about their own reality and manipulate those around them. This type of behavior is a personality disorder known as megalomania. The term comes from the Greek, more particularly from the prefix mega, which means big; and of mania that is equivalent to madness. Megalomania
In summary, megalomania is a psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies and disproportionate self-esteem.
From a strictly psychiatric point of view, delusions of grandeur are a symptom of low self-esteem or a result of lack of affection in childhood.
The megalomaniac wants to become a different individual than he actually is. People with this disorder are not aware of the image they convey to others. Their beliefs and convictions are ridiculous and in some cases even unhealthy. This type of delusion can affect both men and women. Megalomania
The profile of the megalomaniac
In general, it is an individual of changing character, extravagant and at the same time indecisive. It can be aggressive at times, especially when challenged. The person suffering from this disorder uses manipulative strategies to impose himself on others. She feels especially gifted and even with some kind of superhuman power. Somehow she sees herself as “the world’s savior”. Her social relationships are normally difficult, but at the same time her charisma makes others attracted to her. It is someone who is not satisfied with normal life, so he seeks power, wealth and social prestige .
Megalomania and the personality cult
Some characters in recent history were megalomaniacs, for example, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Mao. According to some psychobiographical scholars, characters such as Alexander the Great, Caligula and Napoleon are clear examples of this pathology. The megalomaniac personality of all of them has been associated with another phenomenon: the personality cult. In this sense, it can be said that most of the totalitarian movements in history were led by a megalomaniac individual.
If megalomania is a pathology that affects certain people, the personality cult is a “disease” that affects the entire society . The relationship between these two trends is perverse. The megalomaniac leader needs a flock of followers, with techniques of social manipulation and propaganda where it is possible to create a “savior of the fatherland”. Meanwhile, various segments of the population feel complete reverence for the individual who guides them. The cult of personality is ultimately the logical consequence of megalomania.