One of the premier diagnoses of our times, narcissism is a reflection not only of an apparent trend in mental illness but also of the strains and distortions in the lives of essentially healthy people.—Robert Karen
in his narcissism, he just assumed that everyone else wanted to hear the tiny details of his day
Recent Examples on the WebMemories flood back of his own childhood and youth, scarred by his parents’ religious fanaticism, climaxing in mother Montse channelling her narcissism into declaring herself the daughter of God.—John Hopewell, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 Studies indicate that men with more narcissism have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those with less narcissism.—Diana Kwon, Scientific American, 15 Aug. 2023 Researchers found that individuals with high levels of psychopathy and narcissism are especially inclined towards this form of cheating.—Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Memories flood back of his own childhood and youth, scarred by his parents’ religious fanaticism, climaxing in mother Montse channeling her narcissism into declaring herself the daughter of God.—John Hopewell, Variety, 14 Oct. 2023 Dear Amy: My 82-year-old mother has an undiagnosed mental illness, marked by narcissism, paranoia, delusions and abusive rages.—Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 There is also narcissism, there’s a little bit of everything.—Holly Jones, Variety, 27 Sep. 2023 It must be said that there are, so far, very, very few good people in this saga: Fats Domino and Pete Seeger seem almost the only exceptions to a near-endless tide of credit-stealers, wife-beaters, and vicious drunks; narcissism seems to be the regular price of pop genius.—Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 28 July 2023 My mom probably has narcissism and borderline personality disorders but has never been diagnosed.—Annie Lane, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2023 See More
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narcissus + -ism; (sense 2) in part after German Narcismus (now Narzismus)
: the state or stage of development in psychoanalytic theory in which there is considerable erotic interest in one's own body and ego and which in abnormal forms persists through fixation or reappears through regression