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Chapter 16: Narcissism: A Social-Developmental Perspective
The Roman poet Ovid wrote in his Metamorphoses about a self-absorbed and vain young man named Narcissus. The youngster spurned the romantic overtures of the nymph Echo and fell in love with the reflection of himself in a pond of water. The story has no happy ending, as both Narcissus and Echo pined away due to their unrequited love. As a twist of fate, however, their characters have merged in what researchers, in modern times, have labeled ‘narcissistic personality'.
Narcissism is characterized by a pervasive sense of grandiosity and disdain (much like Narcissus), and by a strong need to be ...