NEW PERSPECTIVES ON NARCISSISM pdf free download. The ancient Greeks tell us that Narcissus, having been wounded in an affair of the heart, fell in love with the reflection of his own image in a pool, remaining transfixed and immobile until through some magical
transformation wrought by the gods he became a flower which blooms eternally as winter gives way to spring. If we assume that Narcissus’s fate was a bad outcome, we are led to conclude that his fault lay in having fallen in love with the image of himself, sacrificing his ties to the world in favor of the relief from emotional pain offered by loving the one lover who never leaves. In the many succeeding centuries since the tale of Narcissus was first told in ancient Balkan amphitheaters, his fault has not been without replication, but it is only within the last century that his name has become associated with a kind of
psychopathology. It is not only patients to whom the term narcissism has been applied,
though. We are told we live in an age of narcissism, and have been raising the “me” generation. Indeed, the mental health fields, psychiatry and psychoanalysis among them, have sometimes engaged in behavior not unlike Narcissus, gazing lovingly at his reflection with self-adoration brimming forth.
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON NARCISSISM pdf free download
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