Self-Development Without Narcissism

by Evan on 2014/11/14

 

 

One of the sins that self-development is accused of is narcissism. I don’t go along with this entirely, I do go along with it partly.  In this post I want to explain my approach to narcissism and our thriving.

 

Narcissism and How it Comes About
When a need of yours is not met it doesn’t go away. The need will structure your experience – perhaps including developing insensitivity to longing.

Children need attention (so do adults). When it isn’t provided the longing for it structures their experience. I’m saying that the origin of narcissism is not too much attention but not enough.

[Students who are only praised and not given intelligent and supportive guidance on how to succeed may end up producing bad results, and not be able to tell the good from the bad; but this is not narcissism.]

 

Health is a Kind of Self-Forgetfulness
Health is being engaged with something – we are healthy when we are relating (to someone or something) well. [click to continue…]

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