Recently, there has been intense debate in the field of psychology as to whether illeism is a sign of narcissism. Challenging the perceived truism about illeism and narcissism, Ethan Kross - a psychologist at the University of Michigan in the US - conducted a study which revealed that people who don't refer to themselves in the first person during self-talk have an easier time dealing with stressful situations.
Basically, the study revealed that treating ourselves as though we are other people could change how we think, feel and behave - including not necessarily being narcissistic.
In his paper, Illeism and Narcissism, Michigan-based psychologist Dr George Simon does concur that it is unusual for an average person to use illeism.
"Most often when a person does so it's because they are either defensive or protecting a particular image."
Motsoeneng's outlandish utterances and behaviour go a long way in confirming Simon's assertions. Following in his footsteps is, of course, none other than "Black Jesus" Mahumapelo.
The City Press interview reveals that, for Mahumapelo, it is indeed about image.
The image he wants to project is that of a capable leader under whose stewardship the North West has been a paragon of service delivery and economic development.