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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume focuses on various contexts and applications of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Health and Psychological Adjustment Part 2: Social Behavior Part 3: Personality in the Workplace With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students.
Chapter 16: Narcissism: A Social-Developmental Perspective
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 ...