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Alex Jones was diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, which makes perfect sense

In testimony given during Alex Jones’ custody trial this week, a doctor said that Jones had once been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.

In testimony given during Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones‘ custody trial this week, a doctor said that Jones had once been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder.

While being questioned by Jones’ ex-wife’s attorney, Dr. Alissa Sherry revealed that Jones’ had NPD, which exhibits traits such as “an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others,” and “fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”

The Daily Beast reports that Sherry described an incident during a family therapy session where Jones stood up and took his shirt off — something she described as “a rare thing to have happened.” She also discussed at length an incident where Jones yelled at his daughter for wearing a supportive boot for a broken toe. Reports say attorneys for Jones’ ex-wife have complained to the judge that Jones keeps shaking his head at them and smirking during courtroom proceedings.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Jones’ lawyers tried to argue that his manic and unhinged on-air persona is simply just him “playing a character” for his audience. But his history of marrying himself and his credibility to some of the most far-out and reprehensible conspiracy theories goes back well over a decade.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jones isn’t the first eccentric right-wing media personality to use the ‘it’s just an act’ defense.

Fellow excitable talk-radio host and conspiracy theorist Michael Savage was less successful with the same argument. After the Council on American-Islamic Relations published clips of Savage’s anti-Muslim rants in fundraising messages, Savage sued, claiming that CAIR was treating a persona embodying “American rage” as the real Savage, and unfairly painting the real Savage as a racist. The federal court was unimpressed and dismissed the suit.

Below is a little mashup of Jones’ greatest hits:

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