We know he's a visionary/salesman, and his predictions of schedules are very optimistic. He may or may not be a narcissist, but as he points out in your link, if he is he's a useful one, unlike the other major public figure who routinely makes hyperbolic statements that bear no relation to reality, who is completely incapable of making fun of himself, and who from my layman's perspective looks like a textbook case of NPD.EatsShootsandLeafs wrote:He doesn't even dispute it:GRA wrote:I disagree to a considerable extent. He's been willing to say he's been an idiot or similar on several occasions, and we have a very obvious example of narcissistic personality disorder on public display on a daily if not hourly basis to compare Elon to, which makes the comparison easy. Whether Elon's willing to sincerely apologize is another matter, but while I have no doubt he's got a big ego, I don't see any evidence of a major personality disorder such as you suggest.EatsShootsandLeafs wrote:He can no more do that than a dog can be trained to guard a pork roast. Insofar as it is possible to diagnose a medical disorder from afar it's clear he has narcissistic personality disorder. His behavior of ties in nicely with that. Even if he apologizes he wheels it back because it simply, viscerally, does not sit well with him to admit he was wrong.
Meanwhile, spotted a political bumper sticker (on a Niro HEV) which pretty much sums up my attitude at the moment: https://www.canvasfreaks.com/products/a ... gKf8fD_BwE
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/101 ... 44?lang=en
His self-destructive behavior on twitter with the pedo diver speaks for itself.
As for admitting fault he has been wrong dozens and dozens of times and on a mere handful can we count the times he's truly admitted it. Making wilder claims is also symptomatic of his personality problems. These things recently about FSD and appreciating cars are thoroughly indefensible and he's being roundly mocked for them, yet keeps doubling down on it.
So, while Elon often makes excessively optimistic and sometimes extremely unlikely claims, he's delivered on enough of them (albeit usually late) that he has some reason to have a big ego, although he's largely destroyed his own/Tesla's credibility over schedules and some other matters while making them.
I don't know about you, but most people don't like to apologize even when they know they're in the wrong. Last year's behavior was definitely counter-productive, but then I've never been under the kind of workload and pressure he was and self-medicating to get through it, so I'm not prepared to say I'd do better. That's the main problem I've been seeing for a long time - he spreads himself too thinly, plus he's an entrepreneurial personality, and they tend to be the wrong person to lead a company into maturity. We can only hope that the recent agreement with the SEC will put an adequate muzzle on him at least for corporate issues, and hopefully they will get someone else to run the company day to day so he can do what he does best, look at the big picture.