Mr. Freedman has severe narcissistic pathology that centers on his need to preserve his sense of omnipotence. The reason why he chose not to take up the practice of law is that he cannot embark on any activity that would challenge his abilities and subject him to the possible exposure of his limitations and inadequacies. He cannot tolerate the possibility of humiliation because that would rupture his need to be perfect, his need to be omnipotent. Mr. Freedman’s fantasy of omnipotence serves to eliminate the experience of frustration and pain, that of a humiliating sense of need or dependency, and related feelings of envy. (Of whom would an omnipotent, grandiose self be envious?)
I’m happy to be the world’s greatest plagiarist, Dr. Stern!