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Narcissism in America Out of anger Timothy McVeigh decided he would take his frustration out on others to give the country a wake-up call Unfortunately it was a deadly one Diary 18 Freedom Writers Diary 14 Acts of devastations such as this have been suggested to be a result of people having personalities that are dominated by narcissism The American Heritage Dictionary defines narcissism as a pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with ones self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of ones gratification dominance and ambition Those who have a strong desire to regard themselves as superior beings are people who are considered to be narcissistic When questioning the personalities of narcissists we must first realize a few known problems and surface any possible causes Ways that narcissists represent themselves may be explained by one of many characteristics possessed and considered abnormal which includes a lack of psychological awareness such as preoccupation with ones beauty and fantasies of unlimited success Not only can narcissism be seen throughout our culture in Orange County but is a growing problem that is reflected particularly through characters such as Cypher in the 1999 box office movie hit The Matrix and The Freedom Writers Diary along with my own experiences Dwelling on the notion of a Timothy McVeigh or Cypher involuntarily allows us to wonder if the next self absorbed insane bomber or betrayer exists within our circle of friends or the boy or girl next door such as Narcissus SHIMOTSU 2 According to the Greek myth Narcissus was a handsome youth who fell in love with his reflection in the spring Echo a young nymph hopelessly in love with Narcissus with her inability to initiate a conversation was rejected by the self absorbed Narcissus Subsequently Narcissus prayed that he would love himself unremittingly the goddess Nemesis answered this prayer
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