Member Article - Tek Jansen: A Histrionic, A Narcissist, A Hero
Without question, Tek Jansen is an attention-seeker. He freely engages in unnecessarily risky behaviors, gives little thought to the safety of others, and has few qualms about endangering himself. But, at what point does heroism morph into histrionics? When does the need for attention and admiration become narcissistic? That would be somewhere around Chapter 2. We see, in this chapter, and again in Chapter 12, that Tek is clearly capable of immersing himself in elaborate fantasies. So what? Who isnít? Notice, however, that Tekís fantasies are always sexual. Moreover, he is always the pursuer, never the pursued. This raises a question. Could Tek Jansenóthe Tek Jansen, be afraid of rejection? Yes. One of the primary indicators of Histrionic Personality Disorder is an excessive need to engage in sexualized behavior in an attempt to gain attention and admiration. This pattern is further reinforced by him being a textbook narcissist, with a grandiose self-image, and the belief that he should only associate with equally well-respected and grandiose people or institutions. Hence, Alpha Squad, the ultra-exclusive, secretive agency, his routine interactions with foreign ambassadors, alien rulers, presidents and the emotional quagmire known as Charlize.
Itís easy to see the reason for his outwardly egotistical attitude. Tek has been everywhere. He has saved the world countless times. He has saved other galaxies countless more. By all accounts, he is an unusually attractive man (just ask him). Heís clearly brilliant at what he does. How else can he have saved the known universe so many times and still have the energy to sleep with all those women (or aliens of the womanly persuasion)? Yet, upon closer inspection of his memoirs, one finds instances of deep personal uncertainty. Fleeting, yes, until the latter chapters, when it is revealed that Tek is psychologically dependent on pills, prefers fantasies to reality and has serious problems taking any actual responsibility for his mission ever being successfully completed. Welcome to the mind of the narcissist. He is supposed to appear confident, capable, alluring and unattainable. But this illusion is in place only because he is the subject of hero-worship, which is probably every narcissistís wildest fantasy come true.
Beneath all his finely-crafted statements of superiority, his singular talent for creating new words and all his universe-saving exploits, lies a deeply insecure and anxious pile of love-sick humanity.
Yes, heís love-sick. Her name is Charlize, and Tek loves her. He wonít admit it. That would imply that he is not in control, and his histrionic nature wonít allow someone besides himself to be the center of attention. But, more than that, it seems Charlize rejected him. He says in Chapter 5 that he wouldíve had no problem settling down with her, having children, being domesticated. However, rather than admit that he fell short of a womanís desires or needs, Tek claims that they mutually decided to end the relationship. And, heís over her. So over her that he canít stand himself. In reality, Tekís already faltering self-esteem was so damaged by Charlizeís rejection of him that it was likely at that time that his histrionic and narcissistic disorders began to develop, as an elaborate series of defense mechanisms.
This explains his compulsive womanizing, reckless and impulsive behaviors and also the fact that he frequently fantasizes about the very woman he claims to be no longer interested in, romantically.
And how does one treat all this? Well, since itís obvious that no one can prevail upon the man to take a vacation, the other option would be an intensive regiment of behavior modification techniques. The objective is not to rid Tek of his self-esteem and ego, but to bring them to a more moderate level, allowing him to experience real and lasting emotions, and emotional connections with the people around him. A stint in rehab will probably be necessary for him to get rid of his pill dependency, but the point is that heís not beyond aid. Just, you know, donít tell him, or heíll run away, and then weíll all be in trouble.
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