I’ll bet you’ve heard the word “narcissist” used many times, and in a variety of settings. A narcissist is dripping with entitlement, self-absorption, and conceit. While narcissism, does include those traits, it’s much more complicated. I’d like to paint a detailed picture of what narcissism looks like in the real world, and how you can protect yourself from these predator personalities. My hope is to present an accurate description of narcissism by exploring the 5 characteristics of a narcissist: the ugly truth must be exposed.
The term, narcissism, comes from the Greek mythology tale of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image, while gazing into a pool of water. This concept of Narcissism was introduced by Sigmund Freud in 1914. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read his essay entitled On Narcissism.