- inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
- Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one's own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
Origin of narcissism
Related Words for narcissismselfishness, self-absorption, arrogance, self-possession, self-regard, egomania, presumption, self-love, self-confidence, boasting, overconfidence, vainglory, ego, pride, gasconade, assurance, haughtiness, ostentation, vanity, conceit
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Contemporary Examples of narcissism
The characters are consumed less by technology and more by their own narcissism and the virus of fame.David Cronenberg: Why Frustrated Novelists Hate the Screenplay
October 13, 2014
Is this neurosis, narcissism, or the farsighted wisdom that allows a fellow to win three hundred games?Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
But this is also a parody of narcissism, just a little detour to eternity.Excuse Me For Not Dying: Leonard Cohen at 80
September 24, 2014
Crist really is that driven by narcissism, ambition, and personal vanity.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
And you have these outsized personalities who are running them, which just confirms their narcissism.Novelist Holly Peterson Talks About New York, Power Trippers, and Love
April 16, 2014
Historical Examples of narcissism
Narcissism is a result of stunted growth and of childhood abuse.
But, in an effort to compensate for a deep-set inferiority complex, they react with vanity and narcissism.
- an exceptional interest in or admiration for oneself, esp one's physical appearance
- sexual satisfaction derived from contemplation of one's own physical or mental endowments
Word Origin for narcissism
1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.
But already Krishna, enamoured of himself, had resolved to experience lust for his own self; he manifested his own Nature in the cow-herd girls and enjoyed them." [Karapatri, "Lingopasana-rahasya," Siddhanta, II, 1941-2]
Sometimes erroneously as narcism.
- Excessive love or admiration of oneself.
- A psychological condition characterized by self-preoccupation, lack of empathy, and unconscious deficits in self-esteem.
- Erotic pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of one's own body or self, especially as a fixation on or a regression to an infantile stage of development.
- The attribute of the human psyche characterized by admiration of oneself but within normal limits.
A consuming self-absorption or self-love; a type of egotism. Narcissists constantly assess their appearance, desires, feelings, and abilities.