September 20, 2012

What is Narcissism?

The term narcissism comes from Greek mythology and the story of Narcissus. Narcissus was handsome, arrogant, and self-involved~and in love with his own image. He couldn't tear himself away from his reflection in a pool of water to become involved with anyone else, and ultimately his self-love consumed him. He died gazing at himself in the water. In everyday usage, a narcissist is someone who is arrogantly self-absorbed. Self-love or self-esteem, on the other hand has come to mean a healthy appreciation and regard for oneself that does not preclude the ability to love others.

H/T: Karyl McBride, Ph.D.
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