Pathological narcissism should not be construed as a form of psychosis because:
The narcissists is usually fully aware of the difference between true and false, real and make-belief, the invented and the extant, right and wrong. The narcissist consciously chooses to adopt one version of the events, an aggrandising narrative, a fairy-tale existence, a “what-if” counterfactual life. He is emotionally invested in his personal myth. The narcissist feels better as fiction than as fact – but he never loses sight of the fact that it is all just fiction.
Throughout, the narcissist is in full control of his faculties, cognisant of his choices, and goal-orientated. His behaviour is intentional and directional. He is a manipulator and his delusions are in the service of his stratagems. Hence his chameleon-like ability to change guises, his conduct, and his convictions on a dime.
Narcissistic delusions rarely persist in the face of blanket opposition and reams of evidence to the contrary. The narcissist usually tries to convert his social milieu to his point of view. He attempts to condition his nearest and dearest to positively reinforce his delusional False Self. But, if he fails, he modifies his profile on the fly. He “plays it by ear”. His False Self is extemporaneous – a perpetual work of art, permanently reconstructed in a reiterative process designed around intricate and complex feedback loops.
Though the narcissistic personality is rigid – its content is always in flux. Narcissists forever re-invent themselves, adapt their consumption of Narcissistic Supply to the “marketplace”, attuned to the needs of their “suppliers”. Like the performers that they are, they resonate with their “audience”, giving it what it expects and wants. They are efficient instruments for the extraction and consumption of human reactions.
As a result of this interminable process of fine tuning, narcissists have no loyalties, no values, no doctrines, no beliefs, no affiliations, and no convictions. Their only constraint is their addiction to human attention, positive or negative.
Narcissists can’t afford to shut out the world because they so heavily depend on it for the regulation of their labile sense of self-worth. Owing to this dependence, they are hypersensitive and hypervigilant, alert to every bit of new data. They are continuously busy rearranging their self-delusions to incorporate new information in an ego-syntonic manner.
This is why the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is insufficient grounds for claiming a “diminished capacity” (insanity) defence. Narcissists are never divorced from reality – they crave it, and need it, and consume it in order to maintain the precarious balance of their disorganised, borderline-psychotic personality. All narcissists, even the freakiest ones, can tell right from wrong, act with intent, and are in full control of their faculties and actions.
Incorporated Associations, Expenditure and Awarding of Contracts.
This is not an official release by Tropical Coast Tourism Inc.
Back in May 2017, I was the successful tenderer for the contract to manage the Digital & Social Media activities of Tropical Coast Tourism Inc (TCT) – the Local Tourism Organisation (LTO) for the region between Townsville and Cairns.
The position in question was publicly advertised via the TCT LTO News Page on Facebook, the Innisfail Advocate newspaper and the Herbert River Express newspaper.
TCT received a number of applications, including one from myself.
As I was one of the applicants, I did not take part in, nor was I privy to, any board deliberations regarding the applications.
The TCT Board also engaged an independent external Digital Expert to consider the applications and advise TCT on the merits of the applicants. I was also not privy to those discussions or that advice.
This process was conducted entirely in line with good governance standards.
If it were to be asserted that I, as the Treasurer of TCT, awarded this position to myself and that this may constitute a “conflict of interest”, this would be a complete fabrication with absolutely no basis in fact.
Firstly, if I were to unilaterally award such a contract to myself, it would not be a “conflict of interest”, it would be corruption or embezzlement – probably both.
Further, since all expenditure by TCT must be ratified by a vote of the entire Board of TCT, such an assertion would imply that the rest of the TCT Board was also involved in the corruption or embezzlement.
Bearing in mind that TCT is audited annually by an independent accounting firm, such an assertion would also imply that the accounting firm was complicit in this corruption by turning a blind eye to this expenditure.
If myself, the TCT Board and TCT’s Financial Auditor were to be impugned by such an assertion, it would be utterly offensive.
Such an assertion would demonstrate either:
• A complete lack of understanding of how an Incorporated Association operates or;
• Deliberate intent to cause detriment to myself and/or the TCT Board.
I would urge people with questions about TCT to use the form provided on the website:
The concept of Ideas vs Issues applies at a local level and applies to the population as much as it applies to politicians.
Ideas are the changes which shape the region. Issues are things which affect a small portion of the population but make little difference to the region as a whole.
Rather than tub-thumping and bandwagon jumping about something that is presented as a big issue, look to see whether there is an actual idea being presented or whether it is just stirring discontent for discontent’s sake.
Too often, online discussion is focussed on what people perceive the issue to be – coloured by their own particular biases, whatever they may be.
Rarely is there a discussion of an idea and how that idea will benefit the region and how that idea may be implemented….
The same techniques and flawed tropes used by our politicians have filtered down to the general public who now use the amazing platform provided by social media to continue to spread nonsense in the same manner.
We have at our disposal an amazing tool (social media) that can be used to bring people together to discuss ideas for the betterment of our community and region – unfortunately it is too often used to denigrate, vilify and generally spread misinformation in an attempt to push an agenda of some sort.
This will almost invariably result in the perpetrators overstepping the line and coming a cropper – whilst this will have the effect of shutting down that particular source of rubbish, the damage done to the fabric of the community and the divisions opened up will take considerable time to heal, if in fact they ever do heal.
So to reiterate:
• Be aware of the difference between ideas and issues.
• Be mindful of the power of social media and the effects your activities there can have on your community.
May has been an interesting month in Tourism on the Cassowary Coast, with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council (CCRC) identifying tourism opportunities to boost the Cassowary Coast economy, Tourism & Events Queensland (TEQ) holding the 2017 Conversations with Industry, Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) launching their “Timeless Experiences” Indigenous Culture brand, Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) holding an “Indigenous Tourism – become part of the itinerary” workshop, international contract ready operators attending the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Sydney and TTNQ to hold a “Conversations With TTNQ” presentation at Mission Beach on May 23.
New tourism opportunities identified to boost the Cassowary Coast economy
Art deco trails, food trails and destination events have been identified as ways to boost the Cassowary Coast’s tourism trade and promote the region. Council has adopted the outcomes of tourism workshops where more than 140 residents shared their views on what makes the Cassowary Coast so special. These include opportunities for Innisfail, Tully, Mission Beach and Cardwell ranging from a bigger focus on art deco tours and more accommodation in Innisfail to more Tully Gorge activities out of Tully, more Great Barrier Reef experiences and tropical fruit-related tourism in Mission Beach and an emphasis on indigenous culture, Kirrama Range Road and Hinchinbrook Island in Cardwell. On a whole-of-region scale, the Cassowary Coast’s art deco heritage, its fishing, indigenous culture, world heritage rainforest and beautiful beaches and rivers have been highlighted as its signature experiences. Cr Ben Heath said a strong focus on boosting the region’s economy was leading to diverse tourism opportunities. He said several developers were interested in accommodation opportunities, new indigenous culture tourism products were currently under discussion and new art deco opportunities were also being explored.
Read More of this News Brief HERE
TEQ Conversations with Industry.
This forum is part of a series held throughout the state and provides a great opportunity to connect with representatives from TEQ and TTNQ to gain industry insights and discuss the key business areas of marketing, digital, experience development, research and events.
Read more of this report HERE
TTNQ Timeless Experiences brand launch
Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ) Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal said 20 companies representing 34 of the destination’s Indigenous products were part of the Timeless Experiences cooperative network.
“We will introduce Timeless Experiences to the international marketplace at the Australian Tourism Exchange this week,” he said.
Read more about this new brand HERE
The QTIC Indigenous Tourism Employment Champions Network is committed to supporting 1,000 Indigenous staff into the tourism industry by 2020, and identifying 20 Indigenous tourism businesses by 2020.
Read more about this initiative HERE
Tourism Australia’s Australian Tourism Exchange is where the rubber meets the road in destination marketing – Tropical Coast businesses there to promote the region include Paronella Park, Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach Dive and Skydive Australia.
TTNQ are there to promote the whole TNQ region which includes most of the Tropical Coast.
“The event, which kicks off today (Monday 15 May), will see more than 700 travel wholesalers and retailers (buyers) from 548 companies from Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Continental Europe and the United Kingdom meet and do business with 555 Australian tourism businesses. Tourism Australia is working with host-state partner, Destination New South Wales (DNSW), supported by airline partners Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways to deliver ATE17.”
Read more about ATE17 HERE
Tropical Tourism North Queensland (TTNQ) Conversations with TTNQ
DATE: Tuesday 23rd May
VENUE: Castaways Resort & Spa, Mission Beach
COST: Free entry
The workshop is supported by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and the Local Tourism Organisation, Tropical Coast Tourism. The workshop is for TTNQ members and non-members. See you there!
To book: http://bit.ly/2oXamTv
Meet the team at your Regional Tourism Organisation who market the Cassowary Coast as a travel destination to the rest of the world.
Receive an industry update by the CEO, Alex de Waal.
Hear current market activity from Market Managers that cover Japan, Western, China and Domestic.
Learn about new digital opportunities for your business from our digital gurus.
Obtain guidance for your local event from the Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef team.
Explore membership options or provide feedback to our Membership Executive.
Book to attend this workshop HERE
We hate politicians because they treat us with contempt
21 Feb, 2013
Telling people you work in politics is like bringing a trifle made of dogs**t to the party. Occasionally I would lie and admit to a more socially acceptable job, like managing child slaves in a coal mine or being an aspiring free verse performer.
By most accounts, our antipathy towards politicians and political institutions is getting worse. The 2010 federal election saw more than 5.5 per cent of votes recorded as informal, the highest rate since 1984. Recent by-elections in Melbourne and Sydney saw record lows of only two thirds of the electorate preferring to cast a vote rather than cop a fine.
Politics is no longer an appropriate topic for conversation at the dinner table, the office or even in line at the ballot box. In quizzing the Prime Minister at the National Press Club a few weeks ago, Paul Bongiorno tried to get to the bottom of this growing malcontent of the masses; why Australians hold our political processes in “some sort of contempt”.
And what sort of contempt would that be, exactly? The kind of contempt, as the Prime Minister tried to explain, whereby the general public disdain Tony Abbott but still love the Labor Party? Nice try.
There are a few theories around as to our growing lack of faith in politics, one idea being that the toxicity of parliamentary debate has become a nation-wide turn-off. Another theory blames the media for picking up on only the most sensational and salacious aspects of politics, and refusing to report on serious policy (supposing there’s any around). Damn the press gallery! Hang the journos! This is a common cry as we rush eagerly to the most-read articles of news sites, which inevitably feature a gory mix of murder, rape and topless feminists accosting psychic pigs.
But there is another explanation, one that begins to emerge from the polls. Consider these:
Seventy-seven per cent of Australians want logging of our native forests to end. But logging of our native forests has and will continue under both Labor and Coalition Governments.
Weird, huh? More than two thirds of the Australian public want something, and are backed by scientists, but neither of the major parties will give it to us. Try this:
Sixty-eight per cent of Australians want to stop coal seam gas developments until we figure out what the long-term impact is on our environment. But both Labor and the Coalition support the rapid expansion of coal seam gas.
Here’s another: 91 per cent of Australians oppose dumping in the Great Barrier Reef. But both Labor and the Coalition support continued dumping in this World Heritage icon.
Moving away from the environment: 56 per cent of Australians want our troops withdrawn from Afghanistan. Both Labor and Coalition policies will keep troops in Afghanistan for several more years.
Even on issues that don’t have a clear majority, but still have a substantial split, we should be able to expect that one of the major parties would cater to this choice. Take one of the most divisive issues that dominates the political agenda, asylum seekers. Only six months ago, one poll shows 47 per cent support for years-long offshore detention, and 39 per cent opposed. With that kind of split, surely one of the major parties would offer an alternative policy, to provide Australian voters with a real choice?
Now you know what to look for, you can see these numbers everywhere. Over and over again, a substantial or even majority part of the population clearly want something and neither of the major parties are willing to give it.
Of course, no political party worth its salt would govern by majority opinion. But how often do the choices and preferences of the Australian people have to be ignored before we ask the question: just whom are the major parties representing?
You get the picture, but just a few more:
Fifty-six per cent of Australians want higher taxes on the profits of big miners, the companies making billion dollar profits digging up the minerals that belong to all of us. Labor made the mining tax so weak it couldn’t buy us a cup of coffee (well, barely), and the Coalition want to scrap it altogether.
Forty-eight per cent of Australians are in favour of the Gonski education reforms, even if it means higher taxes. But Labor’s vague plan is to implement Gonski sometime after the next two elections, at least one of which it knows it must lose. The Coalition’s reaction to Gonski is the same as my cat’s reaction to food she doesn’t like: polite dry-retching, then some meaningless waffle about an Asian languages program that’s been slashed so many times by both parties it’s lost all political significance. Neither party will deliver.
We speculate about the current level of vitriol in political debate, and whether this toxicity is turning us off politics in general. I’d say the level of animosity is the same as it’s always been, from back in the day when Paul Keating raised slagging off to a public art form. The difference today is that the debate is more personal and meaningless – with no major policy differences, Labor and Coalition pollies have nothing left to argue about except old boyfriends, hookers and dirty SMS. It’s a distraction from the fact they are no longer concerned about representing us or our interests.
The growing lack of respect we have for politicians is born of the lack of respect they have for us. A two-party democratic system where everyone has the right to choose between two parties which are practically the same, and just as unrepresentative of Australians as each other, is a joke. Worse than a joke, it’s fast becoming an object of – well – contempt.
What is Third Line Forcing?
According to Wikipedia:
“Third line forcing is a form of exclusive dealing involving the supply of goods or services on the condition that the purchaser buys goods or services from a particular third party, or a refusal to supply because the purchaser will not agree to that condition.”
As an example, imagine that there is an organisation (A) that will allow you to put your brochures in their shopfronts in return for an annual membership fee.
Now imagine that there is another (separate) organisation (B) that, as a part of it’s membership package, allows you to display your brochures in organisation A’s shopfronts without being a member of organisation A.
Whilst membership of organisation B does in fact ALLOW you to avail yourself of the services of organisation A, it is not a REQUIREMENT. You can still display at organisation A by simply becoming a member of organisation A.
The only way that this arrangement would be Third Line Forcing would be if membership of organisation B was a requirement to display in the organisation A shopfronts.
We sometimes see terms like this bandied about on social media and it does raise the question of whether those leveling these accusations genuinely believe them or whether they are deliberately being disingenuous to spread misinformation.
Those of us who are members of Incorporated Associations and particularly office holders of those associations are aware that as an Incorporated Association, we are obliged to abide by certain regulations whilst engaging in activities under the auspices of those associations.
Some of these regulations are set out in the Constitution of the Association.
The Incorporated Association Act 1981 (Qld) is the overarching legislation that determines what Incorporated Associations can and can’t do in Queensland.
So, when you see something like the following posted on social media in an accusatory fashion, it makes you pause to consider what the Incorporated Association Act 1981 (Qld) actually has to say on the subject:
The Associations Incorporation Act 1981 states that:
Section 5 – Eligibility for incorporation
(1) An association is not eligible for incorporation under this Act if the association—
(c) is formed or carried on for the purpose of providing financial gain for its members;
How can such an organisation only promote members’ businesses?
Surely this is in breach of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981?
Now, this statement assumes that somehow an association has passed the vetting procedure of the Office of Fair Trading and been able to have their financial reports audited whilst being in breach of the Act governing the association.
The good thing about legislation is that it is drafted by professionals and when they put in a clause like “for the purpose of providing financial gain for its members”, they will then go on to define exactly what is meant by “financial gain”.
Section 4 of The Associations Incorporation Act 1981 states:
4 Whether association is formed or carried on for the purpose of financial gain for its members
(1) An association is not formed or carried on for the purpose of financial gain for its members merely because 1 or more of the following circumstances apply to it—
(a) the association makes a financial gain, but no part of the gain is divided among, or received by, any of the association’s members;
(b) the association is established to protect or regulate a trade, business, industry or calling (the pursuit) engaged in by its members, or in which they are interested, but the association does not itself engage or take part in the pursuit;
(c) the association provides its members with facilities or services;
(d) the association trades with its members, but the trade is ancillary to its principal purpose;
(e) the association trades with the public, but the trade is ancillary to the association’s principal purpose and is not substantial when compared with its other activities;
(f) the association makes a financial gain from—
(i) trading to which paragraph (d) or (e) applies; or
(ii) charging admission fees to displays, exhibitions, contests, sporting fixtures or other occasions conducted to promote its objects; or
(iii) charging subscriptions to further its objects; or
(iv) receiving donations to further its objects;
(g) the members of the association are entitled to divide the property of the association between them on its dissolution;
(h) a member of the association—
(i) receives a salary as an employee or officer of the association; or
(ii) makes a financial gain from the association to which a non-member, acting instead of the member, would equally be entitled; or
(iii) receives a trophy or prize (other than money) from the association because of a competition; or
(iv) receives temporary assistance because of illness, injury or bereavement or other financial hardship suffered by the member.
So, if the association in question is promoting its members, this would come under “(c) the association provides its members with facilities or services” (services) and therefore providing that promotion is NOT “providing financial gain for its members” as defined by the legislation.
In fact, unless the association is simply dividing up the money it has and giving it to its members for no reason other than that they are members of the association, it is very difficult to breach this legislation on the grounds of providing financial gain.
It pays to be careful when someone quotes a chunk of legislation at you to prove their point, because often the context or definition of the terms used are missing, and sometimes sections of the legislation don’t actually apply unless another condition (such as a determination by a Magistrate) has been met.
“Bush Lawyering” abounds and those who engage in it are almost invariably pushing their own agenda – always seek professional legal advice when confronted by these sorts of assertions.
It may also be useful to ask yourself: “If this claim was presented to a Registrar, would they be likely to put it in front of a Magistrate?”.