Quote of the day: NARCISSISM

March 8, 2011

NARCISSISM

It is too simple to think of the narcissist as someone in love with himself. One can detest oneself intimately and still be a narcissist. Mailer on Henry Miller: “The narcissist suffers from too much inner dialogue. The eye of one’s consciousness is forever looking at one’s own action…The narcissist is not self-absorbed as much as one self-absorbed in studying the other. The narcissist is the scientist and the experiment in one…It is not love of the self but dread of the world outside the self which is the seed of narcissism.” I recognize this in myself; the less confident I am, the more intense my narcissism becomes.

— Kenneth Tynan, Diaries

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