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    are "treasure hunters" narcissists ?

    I've been poking around for some years but, other than for some specific cases, always alone. And that is before, during, and after.
    One best not tell a friend, as invariably that friend will have another friend with whom they share stuff; then a 3ed acquaintance says "hey, I heard . . . ." - and the word is out. (and now you know just what a friend is worth)

    I have known few actual big-time hunters and presently know no one on this forum; my acquaintenances are dead so I feel free to use their names to make this point.
    "Van" Fossen would talk, and talk, and talk. And then start again. And he never said one word he did not wish to.
    Richard Ray was another with experiences beyond the pale and, apart from having an ego as big as Van's, was generally quite circumspect regarding actual recovery stuff.

    And as I sit here writing, I have to question my original premise that (real) treasure hunters are not narcissists - because both of these fellows loved nothing more than to be on TV, and they would seem to exemplify supremely successful treasure hunters. But both these fellows were in business (metal detectors), so any publicity is favourable. There are others who are referred to in passing, but they keep the lowest possible profile. So is it the case that 'real' treasure hunters stay low v.s. wannabes that revel in the spotlight? (How could Van or Richard be called wannabes??)

    TV is now a part of most lives and the influence of Hollywood, with lipstick and the acceptance of lying, has brought falsity into every household (for x hours daily - good parenting?). The TV generation has learned that money is good, that people with money are good, and any activity that yields money is good (our wars and killing for the MIC). TV is a commercial activity and they are focused on that which brings money, advertising. This applies to all programming; sitcoms, news, documentaries, the works. The topic of treasure hunting (something for nothing is the subconscious equation) has universal attraction, and can sell advertising.

    What sells on TV? All of you can answer better than I as I have never had a TV (don't like lies and brainrot). I used to read some other gold forums (Alaska) and the posters would have these huge discussions about this or that program, viewers that had an interest (and long winters, lol). Again these were miners talking about mining, no different than THers talking about THing. So soliciting THers on this site is logical.

    My question was: Are "treasure hunters" narcissists ?
    comments ?

    Bill
    Last edited by BillA; Apr 19, 2019 at 08:19 AM.

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    Something for nothing is the subconscious equation... I do think you've hit upon something with that statement. Time is money and when you take your leisure time and spend it looking for something you do eventually start to think about it all. You spend 5 hours looking for a treasure and find 1 IHP. It makes your day. Though I'd never sell it I think to myself... Hmmm that's a 3 dollar coin. Do the math: My time is worth .60 cents an hr!!! Back to the statement about narcissism: very few are too impressed with my finds. It's the joy in my own head that is created by searching and finding. If I could find some incredible stuff and become famous doing it I would, but I'm fine with being fairly anonymous and doing my best to find something I personally like. There are certainly narcissists but I don't think being a treasure hunter is narcissistic. Maybe the act of being a big time hunter with a team and all that it's kind of like you have to be the boss and all the focus is on the boss. I don't know. Interesting thoughts on your part and I think you made some pretty true statements about what tv and entertainment is doing to our society.

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    I suspect a mixed bag.

    Did not note any narcissism in the man that introduced me.
    Rather more the opposite, and can not say I ever heard him blowing his own horn.
    Being involved with museums. Decorating veterans graves. Reviving abandon cemeteries , grave finder information , publishing accurate local history ,ect..

    Spotlight seekers (non business promoter types anyways) exist in most enterprises.
    Doing so in the realm of treasure hunting would seem counter productive.
    Not only setting ones-self up for unwanted company watching ,but also risk of theft or robbery ,blown leads , more false leads , and increased competition.



    Though when on a trail he was understandably taciturn , on occasion very subtle evidence of success kept quite quiet emerged .
    Last edited by releventchair; Apr 19, 2019 at 08:54 AM.

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    ca
    Oct 2011
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    Well the philosophy I use is I only compete with myself. I know many seasoned detectorists both in person and through the internet.

    Most of them have been more successful than yours truly but I'm ok with that. For me it's the exercise and fresh air as well as the thrill of the chase and the finds are just icing on the cake.

    Since I mostly hunt urban green spaces quite a few people will come by to chat when they ask me what my best year was I say
    probably about $1000. in clad, silver and gold finds. That seems to impress them my response is that it involved about 500 hours of detecting.

    Do the math and I certainly could spend my time more profitably...

    And yes there are those in the hobby that like to blow their own horn or get their ego stroked, however, that applies to most endeavors in life.

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    My older brother is a narcissist, and he's my older brother so he's wiser than me in all respects. He has to be dominant and gets angry when I don't allow it.

    As a final point, I offered to show him my 12 ga if he came back up my holler.

    We have ZERO relationship. He can't see the light in front of him and I will NEVER be his little puppy.
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    Well, BillA. Legitimate question. Personally, I dislike, and avoid labels. As in Treasure Hunter, or Narcissist. I don't consider myself a treasure hunter. When I can get out with my machine, I'm just seeing what I can find. Sometimes it's interesting, mostly not. Sometimes it has actual monetary value, but mostly not enough to justify the time spent. It's only a pastime for me. I am aware there are full time Treasure Hunters. Not sure they are narcissistic, certainly dedicated and focused. And not likely to be sharing in information. Good for them, I hope they find fame or fortune or both.


    "And so the population was gradually led into the demoralising temptations of arcades, baths, and sumptuous banquets. The unsuspecting Britons spoke of such novelties as 'civilisation', when in fact they were only a feature of their enslavement." Tacitus, Roman Senator and Historian, written AD 98.

  7. #7

    May 2005
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    DADS, made me laugh
    and I have a younger brother who is a narcissist, but he's not a THer or prospector so does not count/matter

    Bill, don't know that its so much competition as the use of the 1st person pronoun "I" over and over, and the upturned faces

    KG, I refer to my self as a looter (avoids ANY acclaim) and I've spent far more than ever found. But it is a private activity, it is most difficult for me to understand why a THer would want to be on TV.

    Bill
    Last edited by BillA; Apr 19, 2019 at 09:54 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    DADS, made me laugh

    Bill, don't know that its so much competition as the use of the 1st person pronoun "I" over and over, and the upturned facesBill
    Certainly been around the block!

    I've another friend of over 50 years, but haven't seen in years! Used to go by and see him when I was in the local area. I gave up, each time I visited, it was all about him. Couldn't even carry on a conversation with him. Good Lord get out of yourself!!! He's a tall man in his eyes - which equates to a serious inferiority complex to the extreme.

    We as individuals have to keep our own "space". I'm not better than anyone else, yet do exclude those who dominate every aspect of whatever.
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    "'He jests at scars who never felt a wound'" c.s.lewis - 1940

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  9. #9
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    • Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment from other people
    • Fixation on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
    • Self-perception of being unique, superior, and associated with high-status people and institutions
    • Need for continual admiration from others
    • Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others
    • Exploitation of others to achieve personal gain
    • Unwillingness to empathize with the feelings, wishes, and needs of other people
    • Intense envy of others, and the belief that others are equally envious of them
    • Pompous and arrogant demeanor
    Certainly if you are seeking something that is not yours you are exploiting those who did or do own it (whether they know it or not). Granted, they may be centuries dead . . .

    And a positive outlook is just another name for a "fantasy of success"
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  10. #10

    May 2005
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie P. (NY) View Post
    Certainly if you are seeking something that is not yours you are exploiting those who did or do own it (whether they know it or not). Granted, they may be centuries dead . . .

    And a positive outlook is just another name for a "fantasy of success"
    huh ?
    seeking something that is not (mine)
    are you referring to THing? or to prospecting? or to grave robbing? (ancient graves can be very productive, ask any archaeologist)

    "fantasy of success"
    are you referring to people who found something? or to those not successful?

    over 10,000 posts, I am amazed

    Bill

  11. #11
    us
    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

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    Think about it. If you already own it you cannot "find" a treasure (I guess if you misplaced it or made your treasure mark on a rock upside down and fooled yourself). And if it was not given to you then most likely someone else has stronger claims to ownership of whatever it is. Even the courts recognize lost items as still owned by the loser. I wasn't talking about graves. I was talking about whoever placed or lost a treasure. If the owner passed away then descendants, land-owners, citizens of the region equally sharing, etc. I don't think it is possible to claim a treasure without having exploited someone at some level; though it may be by proxy.

    If you actually found something then there is no fantasy. That is then fact. If you are hopeful - that is still a fantasy of success.

    And you needn't be offended if only two of the nine traits I quoted apply to you . . . Oh.
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    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    jp
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    I feel more like an addict than a narcissist because it is the rush of first seeing that old coin or artifact when I flip the plug or pin point. I keep it to myself too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    I've been poking around for some years but, other than for some specific cases, always alone. And that is before, during, and after.
    One best not tell a friend, as invariably that friend will have another friend with whom they share stuff; then a 3ed acquaintance says "hey, I heard . . . ." - and the word is out. (and now you know just what a friend is worth)

    I have known few actual big-time hunters and presently know no one on this forum; my acquaintenances are dead so I feel free to use their names to make this point.
    "Van" Fossen would talk, and talk, and talk. And then start again. And he never said one word he did not wish to.
    Richard Ray was another with experiences beyond the pale and, apart from having an ego as big as Van's, was generally quite circumspect regarding actual recovery stuff.

    And as I sit here writing, I have to question my original premise that (real) treasure hunters are not narcissists - because both of these fellows loved nothing more than to be on TV, and they would seem to exemplify supremely successful treasure hunters. But both these fellows were in business (metal detectors), so any publicity is favourable. There are others who are referred to in passing, but they keep the lowest possible profile. So is it the case that 'real' treasure hunters stay low v.s. wannabes that revel in the spotlight? (How could Van or Richard be called wannabes??)

    TV is now a part of most lives and the influence of Hollywood, with lipstick and the acceptance of lying, has brought falsity into every household (for x hours daily - good parenting?). The TV generation has learned that money is good, that people with money are good, and any activity that yields money is good (our wars and killing for the MIC). TV is a commercial activity and they are focused on that which brings money, advertising. This applies to all programming; sitcoms, news, documentaries, the works. The topic of treasure hunting (something for nothing is the subconscious equation) has universal attraction, and can sell advertising.

    What sells on TV? All of you can answer better than I as I have never had a TV (don't like lies and brainrot). I used to read some other gold forums (Alaska) and the posters would have these huge discussions about this or that program, viewers that had an interest (and long winters, lol). Again these were miners talking about mining, no different than THers talking about THing. So soliciting THers on this site is logical.

    My question was: Are "treasure hunters" narcissists ?
    comments ?

    Bill
    Hello Bill has Richard Ray passed away?

    Kanacki

  14. #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by KANACKI View Post
    Hello Bill has Richard Ray passed away?

    Kanacki
    I believe so, he was in declining shape when we last chatted about 7-8 yrs ago. Unable to contact for years.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillA View Post
    I believe so, he was in declining shape when we last chatted about 7-8 yrs ago. Unable to contact for years.

    Bill
    Hello Bill I am saddened to hear that. He had been very obliging and helpful over the years. He gave one of my business partners an amazing gift from the time he lived down in Costa Rica.

    Kanacki

 

 
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