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Swagger anger, or swanger for short, is the narcissistic use of anger or outrage to make onesself look more impressive.
Certain types of court cases bring it to the forefront. Child abuse cases for instance. The Ian Watkins case for instance. Not much can be said about the Watkins cases in advance of sentencing except that the scent of swanger, on social media and in the press, is almost as sickening as the moral posturing of Z list celebrities like Peaches Geldof who believe their opinions to be valuable and valued.
Ordinarily I would move on, perhaps after snarkily observing that Peaches Geldof may have her own reasons for wanting to vent some anger against ‘bad’ mothers that should be dealt with by a competent therapist rather than Twitter, but, while driving yesterday, I had to swallow down some bitter angry thoughts about the death of Bijan Ebrahimi.
Google him. Think about being other on an estate where people have only swanger to give them status amongst their peers. Think about an innocent, gentle man being kicked to death by a posturing, swangering bully for being other than him.
There’s a temptation, when you mention narcissism, to think about the narcissism of the rich, the wealthy beautiful people. Narcissism doesn’t acknowledge those boundaries. It is possible to be poor, and narcissistic, and dangerous.