Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by
an exaggerated sense of superiority and importance . . .
the expectation that others will automatically
go along with what he or she wants

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Revised: April 17, 2013; 19:55 GMT

SRUV has previously commented on the peculiar grandiosity of pit bull rhetoric (see RSPCA ACT). Now we have discovered yet another intriguing assertion, which appears to originate with the National Canine Research Council (NCRC). The unsupported assertion is quoted here:
Every study completed to date has found breed specific legislation to be completely ineffective in reducing the incidence of dog bites.       --NCRC
The inclusiveness of NCRC's  unsupported claim fascinated us; do they really mean every study to date? Every single study in all time? Rarely do we hear such grandiose assertions.

Or . . . .

. . . . is the NCRC referring to every study conducted by the NCRC itself, perhaps in the belief that their own studies are the only studies of importance?

It is a mystery to us how any person or organization with a reputation to uphold can make such claims, and believe the claim will go unchallenged.

Does the NCRC believe that the public they serve is so credulous, so gullible, that readers will accept without question such grandiose assertions?

Is the NCRC so convinced of their own infallibility that they believe any statement they issue is inherently valid and doesn't require justification?

The relationship between criminal behavior and dangerous breeds is widely accepted.* The relationship between child abuse (or spousal abuse) and dangerous breeds has also been documented.**  Perhaps the relationship between narcissism and the advocates of dangerous breeds should also be studied.

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Sources:  Narcissistic personality disorder (Wikipedia);
                Narcissistic personality disorder (Cleveland Clinic)

* Coren, Stanley. "Psychological Characteristics: Owners of High Risk for Aggression Dog Breeds." Psychology Today. Retrieved Jan 5, 2012

** ibid.
     Barnes, Jaclyn. et al. "Ownership of High Risk ('Vicious') Dogs as a Marker for Deviant Behaviors; Implications for Risk Assessment."  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol 21 no 12 (Dec 2006): 1616-1634

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Related posts: The Triumvirate,  MSPCA 3,  Ax3