Narcissus

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Narcissus







“Is our negative branding of narcissism a defense against a demanding call of the
soul to be loved?” Thomas Moore – Care of the Soul Narcissism is the egotistic
sense of self-importance, but paradoxically underneath this attitude, the narcissist is
simply a victim of a fragile low self-esteem. It is the underlying sense of inferiority
that is the real problem of the narcissist, and their pretense is just a disguise used to
cover their deeper feelings of inadequacy. Since narcissists are often incapable of
asserting genuine self-meaning, they seek admiration from others because they desire
acceptance and approval (as we all do) but lack the ability to find any from within. In
looking at the story of Narcissus, I was so inspired by the new translation and meaning
given to it by Thomas Moore. By denying our narcissistic tendencies and by labeling this
part of our shadow as negative, we our only stifling the growth that our soul desires. The
further we push narcissism away from us by disowning it, the more self consumed we
actually become. Narcissus longed to love, and not until he “discovered”
himself was he able to do so. When he was able to clearly see himself in the pool of
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