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Steve Rogers: Narcissist?

5 out of 9 required for diagnosis. 

(1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)

This is debatable, while Steve can sometimes come off as big headed, a lot of that seems to stem from him viewing himself as the little guy standing up for what’s right. 

(2) is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

Throughout Civil War Steve seems to believe that the Avengers deserve unlimited power. That there should be no oversight on their operations. He is also preoccupied with his lost chance at love with Peggy. 

(3) believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)

This one doesn’t really seem to apply, Steve is pretty comfortable associating with Sam Wilson, a stranger he met while jogging. He does however almost exclusively hang out with soldiers, or superheroes. 

(4) requires excessive admiration

Steve does seem to surround himself with Cap fans, Sam, Scott, Coulson. But he’s also sometimes uncomfortable when they start fanboying over him, so this one is debatable, but I’m leaning towards no. 

(5) has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations

Steve thinks he and the others should be above international law, and considers himself worthy of the ability to operate militarily anywhere in the world without permission from the hose country.

(6) is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

Steve takes advantage of Tony not only to be team leader, but also in his search for Bucky which was most likely funded by Tony. 

(7) lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others

This one is again debatable while he may seem cold to people, and his take on collateral damage is harsh, he does empathize with people he views himself as similar too. He empathizes with other soldiers. 

(8) is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her

I’m not sure I’d say he wants people to envy him, but he certainly enjoys showing off his super strength/speed. 

(9) shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes


It’s such an arrogant statement to believe that you alone should be the moral compass and disciplinary force for a group of superpowered people.

lowest estimate 4/9 diagnostic criteria, higher estimate 7/9 diagnostic criteria. 

Steve might have Narcassistic Personality Disorder, or he might have just bought into his own propaganda a little too much.

The Invention of the Stirrup

If there is one piece of equipment modern riders take for granted, it’s the stirrup. These days, every saddle uses stirrups, no matter the style. But before 300 AD, stirrups did’t exist. Riders essentially rode either bareback or with a treeless saddle, and nothing to support the foot.

In India in 500 BC, a toe loop was used to stabilize the rider’s foot. It wasn’t until the Chinese invented the dual stirrup 800 years later that riding styles began to change. Wit the invention of the stirrup, warfare on horseback became very different. Mounted warriors were no longer easily cast from their horses during battle. They were also able to use their weapons with more force because they were able to brace themselves against the stirrups as the plunged their swords toward the enemy

Some scholars believe that the invention of the stirrup was as important as the development of the wheel. Its effect on civilization was profound because it made horses much more useful in the areas of warfare and transportation. Stirrups never fell out of favor over the centuries, and they still remain a vital piece of equipment for riders of every discipline.