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Narcissism; a means to self-preservation

We often ridicule and discourage narcissism, elitism, and other qualities that pertain to an individual’s sense of superiority and well-being. We quickly call it neurotic, and determine it as a pathological disorder.

I would like to question the very line that determines normality or abnormality. (Pertaining to narcissism for the sake of consistency)

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    Aug 12 2011: Narcissism is what you can call an excessive self-love. The word excessive itself explains it all.
    It might also be called a kind of inordinate fascination with oneself (yourself).
    Psychology dictionaries say that it is an extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.
    Some consider that it's a mental disorder.
    • Aug 12 2011: yes, I'm aware of the definitions,

      you say excessive explains it all, you see that's the very problem.
      excessive to who? to me? you? or the person being excessive?

      even if we do come to some consensus on what excessive really is, does that really solve the problem?
      read a few posts, i have tried to explain this with some clarity.

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