Lance Armstrong's revelations during the Oprah interview and his dubious mea culpa did not fully account for his propensity to lie, The Atlantic said. His behavior showed a "narcissistic personality disorder," a diagnostic label more often used to vilify social pariahs like Bernie Madoff or Anders Behring Breivik, that works as a defense mechanism to ward off unconscious feelings of shame, defect or inferiority. Armstrong is still engaged in damage control, and has yet to feel authentic guilt for the hurt he inflicted on people. Like an alcoholic still in denial, he may need to "hit bottom" and lose everything before he can begin, the Atlantic stressed.
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