narcissism

[ nahr-suh-siz-em ]SEE DEFINITION OF narcissism
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Narcissism is a result of stunted growth and of childhood abuse.

But, in an effort to compensate for a deep-set inferiority complex, they react with vanity and narcissism.

WORD ORIGIN

1905, from German Narzissismus, coined 1899 (in "Die sexuellen Perversitäten"), by German psychiatrist Paul Näcke (1851-1913), on a comparison suggested 1898 by Havelock Ellis, from Greek Narkissos, name of a beautiful youth in mythology (Ovid, "Metamorphoses," iii.370) who fell in love with his own reflection in a spring and was turned to the flower narcissus (q.v.). Coleridge used the word in a letter from 1822.

Sometimes erroneously as narcism.

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