Self-Love: The Essence of Narcissism The story of Narcissism begins with the Greek myth of Narcissus, an amazingly beautiful young hunter who, one day, was walking by a river and decided to stop for a drink. Kneeling over the water, he saw his reflection for the first time. Struck by the sheer beauty he saw in his own reflection, Narcissus became so entranced and filled with desire that all he could do was stare at himself. Finally, unable to realize his desire, he died of sorrow at the riverbank. It is said that he is kneeling at the banks of the River Styx, still admiring his reflection. The story of Narcissus is a tale of self-love taken to the extreme, but it still doesn't rise to the level of malignant narcissism. Going forward, when we mention narcissism, we are talking about malignant narcissism. Creativity promotes curiosity, imagination, and new thinking. When critical thinking uses an open-mind, it is able to set aside emotions, assumptions, and judgments. A decision is made based on facts and data. The decision or solution will be fair and unbiased. Problem-solving contracts the facts and data that the analytical brain has gathered and organizes that information to understand the problem, based on that information, the brain can start to solve the problem. Decide on the best way to handle the situation. Problem-solving will make clarifications and have a conclusion. In this stage of the problem-solving dilemma, the brain gathers the information that will later give us the tools to create a resolution to the problem at hand. It is always seeking information. The information coming into the brain starts to be organized and shuffled to make sense of what the outside world is doing. He's only trying to help, Hunter. Hunter slurred, I don't nee' no `elp from scum like him.

He straightened, broke free of Darrell's grasp, and tried to stand on his own, barely able to succeed. Darrell held up his hands and moved back a few feet. Ben also stepped back. The therapist tried once more to add calm to the potentially explosive situation. Hunter, you are clearly dru-- But before he could finish, Darrell spoke in a way that surprised all of them. I--I'm sorry to see you in such hurt, Hunter. You must think that everyone is against you; When we mention narcissists, we are talking about malignant narcissists. Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm developed the concept in his article, The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil, distinguished malignant narcissism from benign narcissism, pointing out that malignant narcissists judge their self-worth based on special intrinsic qualities they believe they possess. As a result, they have no reason to look for external validation. This allows their narcissism to grow like cancer, hence Fromm called it malignant. In such a situation, the malignant narcissist sees no reason to make an effort with other people, even those close to them. After all, their greatness speaks for itself and how dare you not recognize it? That belief, which is not predicated upon anything more concrete than their own opinion, leads the malignant narcissist into greater isolation and more overt narcissistic displays to protect themselves from being exposed to the world, and to themselves, like the empty shell they truly are. This places malignant narcissism on a spectrum with sociopathy and psychopathy in that they all tend to be deceitful, manipulative abusers with a marked lack of empathy. Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome Malignant Narcissism, arising as it does from an intrinsic sense of personal worth and not from anything external and so often connected with the traits identified by Kernberg, tends to lead the malignant narcissist into abusive relationships with those around them. this stage, mostly what is happing is just getting the information, assessing the situation, and looking for an answer to the problem. Analytical thinking uses the sense to gather information.

A person has been transported to a hospital after a severe car accident. The emergency room nurse will start to evaluate the person and ask questions to gather information to help improve the patient's health and current situation. Watching vitals and how the patient is responding to different evaluations will determine how the nurse will take the steps needed to save this patient's life. Analytical thinking gathers the information in the world so the brain can determine the solution to the current problem. A great way to create a stronger analytical thinking skill is to practice. Walkout in the world and just observe the surroundings. Be aware of what is going on, look at details, and notice what you are interested in. Create questions about how things work and understand the concept. you must think that we see you as a piece of crap. but I don't. I think you are a strong man hurting, and I'd like to help carry some of your load right now. Can we find a way out of this, brother? Hunter blinked his eyes several times as he tried to focus on Darrell. Dr Matt regarded Darrell with a whole new level of admiration, knowing that he had just applied the lesson in fogging they had talked about a number of times. He moved to Hunter and placed a hand on his arm. Darrell's right, friend. You're in big-time pain. You have two choices right now. This tends to lead to Narcissistic Abuse Syndrome (NAS) in those closest to the narcissist. A form of post-traumatic stress disorder, NAS is comprised of a group of symptoms and behaviors that serve to keep the victim enmeshed in the narcissistic abuse and with the abuser.

That is what we'll be exploring here: What is narcissistic abuse syndrome, it's causes, signs, and effects, and how both the narcissist and the victims of narcissistic abuse can break out of it. Before diving into the diagnostic criteria that separate the malignant narcissist from the rest of the pack, let's take a look at someone who could fit that description. Having started his career as a salesman, David is now the proud publisher of a fairly successful niche banking magazine that was started by his late father. David is in his fifties with a family. He employs an editor and a graphic artist, accomplished people who he keeps a very close eye on. So far, it's a pretty normal scenario. David's pride in his position as a magazine publisher is very intense. He took over the business knowing that he deserved it and that he was going to grow it well beyond what his father accomplished. Games are another great way to improve the analytical mind. Research online and find brain games that will help you improve your brain function. When resolving a problem, look at the pros and cons of the issue. Be intentional in your decision making and recognize the consequences of your decision. This is important in all aspects of your life. In relationships and in problem-solving. If you have discovered a link or resolution to a problem and need to relay the information to someone else, your communication skills should be clear and direct. The tone we use to say it will also, help understand the information. If you are able to share information effectively and use terminology that your audience can understand it will be a benefit to you and the audience. Having excellent communication skills with verbal as well as written will help you relay critical information. You can go into my office and rest until you calm down and sober up. Or I can call Vince Redford at the sheriff's office and he can take you to the cooling tank.

I suggest you take the first option. Hunter dropped his chin to his chest, silently acquiescing by not arguing. He allowed Dr Matt to lead him by the arm into his office. eased Hunter onto the couch, and he rolled his head side-to-side, muttering, . safe here, safe. Then he began to cry. Casey, baby. I'm sorry. David is so invested in that goal and in his belief that he is somehow anointed, he doesn't care what he has to do to make that happen. At industry events, he makes sure that he's the center of attention, collecting the accolades and compliments of the bankers who advertise with him, and always looking the part of the highly successful publisher. David and his wife are the only ones who ever go to these events, though he often tells his employees that they should go to get to know the people they're covering. He is also in the habit of second-guessing the professionals that work under him and often berates them for the smallest things, frequently redoing projects that he does not feel meet his standards. It happens so often that he has trouble keeping people, they often find themselves asking why he bothered hiring them. If you ask these employees how it feels to work for David, they would answer with words like suffocating, demeaning, frustrating, or even toxic. Mostly, they just feel like tools. At home, this self-centered behavior continues. The worth of his wife and kids comes from what they can do for him, or his magazine, and how they reflect upon him. Their concerns are strictly secondary, and he tends to address them only when it would somehow benefit him. Jason has a great idea to change the kitchen so that it will flow and be more efficient. In relaying this idea to his wife, he has to be clear on where the table, appliances, cabinets will be placed.