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Is our negative branding of narcissism a defense against a demanding call of the soul to be loved Thomas Moore Care of the Soul Narcissism is the egotistic sense of self-importance but paradoxically underneath this attitude the narcissist is simply a victim of a fragile low self-esteem It is the underlying sense of inferiority that is the real problem of the narcissist and their pretense is just a disguise used to cover their deeper feelings of inadequacy Since narcissists are often incapable of asserting genuine self-meaning they seek admiration from others because they desire acceptance and approval as we all do but lack the ability to find any from within In looking at the story of Narcissus I was so inspired by the new translation and meaning given to it by Thomas Moore By denying our narcissistic tendencies and by labeling this part of our shadow as negative we our only stifling the growth that our soul desires The further we push narcissism away from us by disowning it the more self consumed we actually become Narcissus longed to love and not until he discovered himself was he able to do so When he was able to clearly see himself in the pool of water he than experienced a life transformation Bob Keagan as discussed in class would better explain that Narcissus was in a state of transition Narcissism is a condition in which a person does not love himself Moore p 71 In my own life self-love was one of the greatest and most valuable lessons learned through very difficult circumstances I discovered that the importance of self-acceptance must first be established from within if I was ever to sincerely receive love from another Thomas Moore explains that the greatest curses in our lives are actually blessings in disguise because not until we are in a state of need do we desire change I love the description that Moore gives of Narcissus
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