I Simply Adore the Image in the Mirror
Published on August 14, 2008
As you probably know, Narcissistic Personality Disorder was named after the Greek mythical figure, Narcissus. He was the son of the river, Cephissus, and the nymph, Liriope. In my professional opinion, his parentage explains a great deal about his problems. I ask you, how much nurturing and guidance can one expect from a flowing river and a nymph. According to Julia Kristeva's Tales of Love, "As he tried to quench his thirst... he saw an image in the pool and feel in love with that unbodied hope, and found a substance in what was only shadow." If I understand this correctly, he fell in love with his image in the water. Exclusive preoccupation with self is the defining feature of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Is it really self-love? You decide after you learn more about this maddening disorder.
Pride is a powerful narcotic, but it doesn't do much for the autoimmune system. -- Stuart Stevens
The essential feature of Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a "pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and lack of empathy that begins in early adulthood" (DSM IV, 1996, p. 658). These are unique individuals. They comprise only 1% of the general population.
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