Big Fish In a Little Pond
One thing that is common with the narcissist and the sociopath is that they are very comfortable as the big fish in the little pond. They surround themselves with the week minded or people on the payroll so that they can control them and feel powerful. Jack did this in Costa Rica and Tenley does this all the time but doesn’t recognize it at all. When they lived in The Vue Apartments Tenley was “friends” with the staff, even while being a con artist against them. Jack referred to all of the people in Costa Rica as his “friends” but they were all on the payroll.
One thing in particular that I found totally offensive and embarrassing was when Jack first had Claws mother over to his house in Costa Rica. Now these people are poor. When I say poor I mean dirt poor. So her has Claws mother over for dinner and she looks at his house and says “Wow, this is a nice house, it must have cost 100,000 or so.” Jack thought that was hilarious considering the house.
Now what was really offensive is the fact that when he moved down there he called his house “Cabina poco” or little cabin. OK, looking at the house, for anyone to call it that they should have a very gracious house somewhere else, in his case Los Angeles. But he lived in a condo in LA. So what he was really doing was showing off, felling grandiose. And he was doing it to people who are so poor they have no concept. 100,000 might as well be 1,000,000, which is the actual value. Pretty sickening really. Especially to people he called his “friends”.