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Narcissism vs The Healthy Self

NarcissusNarcissism vs The Healthy Self

 

“Vanity and narcissism- the compulsive need to be admired and praised- undermines one’s courage, for one then fights on someone else’s conviction rather than one’s own.”- Rollo May


Self-esteem, sense-of-self and ego are all terms used to describe oneself as distinct from the world and others.  It is the opinion a person has about themselves.

Psychological health hinges on a healthy sense of self which is formed in infancy and early childhood.  When all parts of ourselves are accepted during this period of development, not just the ones prized by society or our culture we, in turn, develop the ability to accept all aspects of ourselves and to tolerate our imperfections. Continue reading