How does narcissism relate to the myth of Narcissus?

How does narcissism relate to the myth of Narcissus?

Of course, narcissistic personality disorder is called after the Greek story of Narcissus. Teiresias, the blind prophet of Thebes, had predicted Narcissus as a youngster that he would "live to a ripe old age, as long as he never knows himself." Echo accompanied Narcissus into the woods one day as he sought for stags. There she wept because no one could hear her own voice.

When Narcissus tried to reach up to catch a reflection of himself in a pool of water, he was unable to break through the surface and instead fell in love with his own image. The next morning, before anyone could go into the forest to find him, he committed suicide. His body was found by some hunters who were surprised to see such a beautiful youth dead.

Narcissus has been interpreted as a representation of self-love or vanity to which many people are vulnerable if not careful. It's said that even today, if you look into a mirror and say your name, you can see yourself die.

There are several other stories about narcissists. One tells of a young man who was obsessed with beauty and proud of his appearance. He thought nobody liked him so he didn't try to connect with others. One night he went into the forest and saw his own reflection in a lake. He reached out to touch it but when he did, he disappeared forever.

Another story tells of a young woman who was in love with herself.

Where does the spirit of narcissism come from?

Narcissism is a mental disease characterized by the need for enjoyment derived from vanity or egotistic adulation of one's idealised self-image and characteristics. The word derives from Greek mythology, in which a young man named Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. When he attempted to reach it, however, he died.

In psychology, narcissism refers to an excessive interest in oneself or one's feelings. It is also called megalomania because people with this disorder often believe that they are deserving of only good things happening to them. In fact, the term "narcissist" is used as a label for someone who has an exaggerated sense of their own importance.

The American Psychiatric Association defines narcissism as follows: "A narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a very serious emotional disorder in which a person has an almost complete lack of empathy for others, lacks any sense of responsibility for his or her actions, and has an intense need for admiration and recognition. People with NPD think there is no one else around when they are having an argument or doing something wrong, which makes them dangerous drivers."

Symptoms of narcissism include delusional beliefs, fantasies, and expectations about your appearance, talent, or abilities. You may have unreasonable expectations of others and be annoyed by minor errors or failures by others. You may feel entitled to special treatment or an advantage over other people.

Where does the word narcissist come from?

The pursuit of fulfillment from vanity or egotistic adulation of one's idealised self-image and characteristics is referred to as narcissism.

In psychology, narcissists have an excessive need for admiration and recognition. They may also have an inadequate sense of their own value. Their behavior may be intended to attract attention or to get others to feel sorry for them. Often, they show an extreme interest in themselves and seek out positive feedback from others.

Narcissists are not born, but rather, they are psychologically formed. The factors that lead to narcissism include emotional deprivation, mental illness in one or both parents, and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse causes narcissistic injuries that can never be healed because the ego cannot cope with such intense feelings.

Narcissists often lack empathy and compassion. They may appear charming at first, but once you know more about them, their true nature becomes apparent. They are usually aware of this and so use their intelligence to manipulate others.

It is difficult to like someone who thinks so little of other people. However, because narcissists are usually attractive, successful at something they do well, and know how to play up their weaknesses, they can gain some sympathy from others.

Who is the God of narcissism?

After he died, a flower carrying his name blossomed in his place. Narcissus is the inspiration for the word narcissism, which refers to a fascination with oneself... Narcissus (mythology)

Narcissus
FamilyCephissus (father) Liriope (mother)

What two things might the myth of Narcissus be about?

In Greek mythology, Narcissus is the son of the river deity Cephissus and the nymph Liriope. He was well-known for his attractiveness. However, his rejection of the nymph Echo's or (in an earlier version) the young man Ameinias' love aroused the wrath of the gods upon him. They took revenge by having him fall in love with himself. When Narcissus looked into a pool of water he had fallen into, he was unable to break away from himself.

Narcissus became one of the Medusa monsters. In order to be with her, he had to look at her every day. But since he could not escape himself, he was doomed to die whenever someone else looked at him.

Some versions of the story have different endings. For example, in some accounts, Echo falls in love with Narcissus instead, and the two marry. But because they can never be alone together, they too are forced to live out their lives in endless agony until they die. Another ending has Narcissus being saved by Perseus who kills the Medusa monster then sets him free.

Here we can see that beauty can lead to death. No matter how much you try to hide yourself from others, you cannot escape the eyes of others. They will be able to see you even if you don't look back.

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Sandra Lyon

Sandra Lyon is a psychologist who has been in practice for over 15 years. She has worked with many individuals, couples, and families to help them find peace within themselves. As a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California, she works with clients navigating relationships, life transitions or seeking self-understanding through psychotherapy or coaching sessions.

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