He's not just a narcissist. He's a low-IQ narcissist, which is its own pile of shit. Normal and high-IQ narcissists usually have some talent they can use to earn accolades. They might not be as good as they think they are, but they have something they're good at. Russ literally has nothing to point to. Everything he's done has been sub-par. He gets common expressions wrong. He has no clue about the law, despite his training. He's the Dunning-Kruger effect in the flesh. He seriously thinks he has a chance with very attractive women. Even normal people don't have a chance with those women unless they're rich and good looking.I can't imagine that no one like his family or his "friends" that would interact with him early on wouldn't have said something to that effect. In fact, I seem to remember one of them, maybe Soren (not sure) made a FB comment when Rusty announced he was suing TS to get her attention and a date and the guy was like, I'd go for money. He was at peak delusion then.
I don't think there was ever a junction where this train could have been derailed. His entitlement is deeply rooted in his psyche and I think we can all agree he's a classic narcissist. I know we like to armchair diagnose, but he seems like a pretty cut and dried case. It's nearly impossible to "fix" those people. His trajectory is going to be either completely destroying himself or whatever object (prostitute, instathot, celebrity) bruises his ego to the snapping point. We can all see he's too much of a coward to actually hurt someone else...at least in person (think Ricardo Lopez)...so I think he's just going to destroy himself.
It makes for great entertainment for us, though.
He thinks he's so impressive, these extremely attractive women will go for a disabled grease golem over the extremely attractive guys who may or may not be named Chad (The whole Ericka thing was great, especially when it turned out her bf was actually named Chad).He just thinks if he keeps poking women electronically, eventually one of them will (by that action alone and with no other effort required) be swept off her feet, come sex him up, marry him and lift his miserable ass out of poverty and misery. He's taken that old "numbers game" chestnut too literally and assumes he will succeed in this if he can just try it with enough women.
That's really it. Nothing more sophisticated than that travels through his smooth brain.