Elon Musk’s Mantra:

It’s widely accepted that Elon Musk is the world’s richest man.

Net worth:  Depending on who you believe – and what the stock market is doing – $207 to $268 billion.

I became aware of Musk back when I became aware of Tesla automobiles – the cars looked good and were electric, and what’s not to like?

As time passed I became more aware of the word “Musk” in the media, kind of like a pesky mosquito buzzing around my ear.  “Musk” and “Tesla,” then “Musk” and “SpaceX,” then “Musk” and “whatever.”

Then came “Musk” and “Twitter.”

Specifically, “Musk buying Twitter.”

Why, I wondered, would Musk – a guy who already had a car company and a space transportation company – buy Twitter?

Musk’s offer to buy twitter for a mind-boggling $44 billion garnered him lots of headlines:

Lots of headlines, and lots of attention.

And for some, attention is like an addictive drug

And like an addictive drug, there’s no such thing as “enough.”

Musk couldn’t just sit back, keep his mouth shut, and let the Twitter deal happen.  To keep the attention flowing, Musk started screwing with the Twitter deal, as recounted in this May 17 article:

“Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that taking over Twitter would enable him to rid the social media platform of its annoying ‘spam bots.’  Now he’s arguing – without presenting any evidence – that there might be just too many of those automated accounts for the $44 billion deal to move ahead.”

“…the way this is playing out – in a highly public, seemingly erratic conversation on the very platform Musk wants to buy – has little precedent.”

More headlines garnered.

Lots of attention.

But for Musk – not enough.

Concurrently, the “Musk and Twitter” headlines are supplemented with “Musk and Tesla” headlines, like this May 18 story:

“The U.S. government’s road safety agency has dispatched a team to investigate the possibility that a Tesla involved in a California crash that killed three people was operating on a partially automated driving system.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday confirmed that it had sent a special crash investigation team to probe the May 12 crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

“…Since 2016, the agency has sent teams to 34 crashes in which the systems were either in use or suspected of operating.  Of the 34, 28 involved Teslas, according to a NHTSA document released Wednesday.

“Fifteen people died in the crashes that NHTSA is investigating, and at least 15 more were hurt.  Of the deaths, 14 occurred in crashes involving Teslas, the documents say.”

Too bad, so sad. People possibly dying because of Tesla flaws.

But…more headlines garnered.

Lots of attention.

For Musk – not enough.

Now there are new Musk headlines, like this May 19 article:

“SpaceX, the aerospace firm founded by Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Musk in 2018, Insider has learned.

“The attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet.  She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent, and offering to buy her a horse in exchange for an erotic massage, according to interviews and documents obtained by Insider.”

Ugly stuff…

But…more headlines garnered.

Lots of attention.

For Musk – not enough.

And again, Musk couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He followed up the accusations of his alleged sexual misconduct by joking about it:

Because when it comes to attention…

There is no “enough” for Elon Musk.

And I believe the reason is this:

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD)

Here’s some information about HPD from the Cleveland Clinic website.  Cleveland Clinic was named the #2 hospital in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “2021-2022 Best Hospitals” rankings.

See if you think – as I do – that this description fits Elon Musk:

“Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a mental health condition marked by unstable emotions, a distorted self-image and an overwhelming desire to be noticed.  People with HPD often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention.”

“For people with histrionic personality disorder, their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and doesn’t come from a true feeling of self-worth.  They have an overwhelming desire to be noticed and often behave dramatically or inappropriately to get attention.”

“To get attention.”

Elon Musk craves a lot of attention.

And Musk gets a lot of attention.

And it may be that Musk doesn’t care if the attention is because his cars may be seriously flawed, or because a woman may have been damaged by his unwanted sexual advances, or because he sometimes says outrageously stupid things, like this tweet in March 2020:

And says this, another recent attention getter:

No surprise that Musk is going Republican – he has so much in common with another HPD Republican:

For Musk, attention is welcome. Needed. Necesssary.

But no matter how much attention Musk gets, it will always be…

Mr. Barnum, I beg to differ.

Maybe there is some publicity Musk doesn’t want.

Maybe Mr. Elon Attention-Craving Musk would prefer to not get certian kinds of attention.

Because for once, he had nothing to say about it:

“…Tesla’s shares have declined more than 40 percent since April 4 – a much steeper fall than the broad market, vaporizing more than $400 billion in stock market value.  And the tumble has called attention to the risks that the company faces.  These include increasing competition, a dearth of new products, lawsuits accusing the company of racial discrimination, and significant production problems at Tesla’s factory in Shanghai, which it uses to supply Asia and Europe.”

“Mr. Musk and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.”

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