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Vanity… Conceit… Narcissism?

What a wonderful exploration into the theme of modern day narcissism:

‘Vanity strikes me as a craving for the good opinion of others, or a fear that they’re not thinking well of you. By the time you get to conceit you get a person who begins to be indifferent to the voices of other people, [they are] cocooned in their own self esteem. If other people don’t appreciate them, then that’s other people’s problem.’

From here the family tree gets dangerous.

‘Finally, the narcissist is completely self-absorbed. He doesn’t even recognise the social world. In the myth this kills him because we are social animals and eventually we only deceive ourselves if we think that we can live without others.’


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