Psychoanalysis

Everyday Examples Of Narcissism

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We are going to list some everyday examples of narcissism to show how it’s a trait we all share to one degree or another. Narcissism is the norm not the exception, it’s the default way of seeing the world, something that must be actively worked through if a more mature, objective outlook is to be attained.

– Everyone believes that their own moms cook the best spaghetti

– Most are disgusted by fecal matter but have no problem seeing their own

– People are sure their own young children are the cutest, smartest, etc.

– Nationalistic pride and racism

– The feeling of personal affront at inconveniences shared by everyone like traffic jams or flight delays

Narcissism is not just an obsession with personal appearance or too much self-involvement, it’s a fundamental orientation towards the world where everything associated with you is good and everything alien to you is bad, where anything that furthers your interests is good and anything that hinders those interests is bad.

Narcissism is placing yourself and your interests at the center of it all, not necessarily out of conscious selfishness but instead out of the inability to even see that’s what you’re doing. At bottom the narcissistic attitude is mistaking subjectivity for objectivity, making value judgments about people and the world based primarily on how they relate to you. Like we intimated above, anything associated with you, and especially those things that expand the sphere of ‘you’, are considered good, right, and natural, whereas anything foreign to you, and especially those things that seem to threaten the sphere of ‘you’ are considered bad, wrong, and unnatural.

Greetings I'm Michael, the owner of Evolution Counseling and the author of all the articles on this site. I got my master's degree from Seattle University in community mental heath counseling and have committed myself to advancing my knowledge of psychology and to evolving my own philosophical system ever since. In addition to the content on this site I offer online coaching using Skype. If you'd like to learn more about it click on the online coaching tab or if you think you'd like to set up a session send me an email at evolve@evolutioncounseling.com.

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