Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Joahanna Morales
Psychology I
January 10, 2013
Narcissistic Personality Disorder

'Narcissism,' the term, was derived from Ovid's, the Roman poet, Metamorphoses Book III in the story of Narcissus and Echo. In Ovid's myth, Narcissus is a charming young man who believes he is too worthy for any maiden. When it came Echo, a nymph cursed to only mimic the last few words of others, she is rejected by Narcissus.He is then punished by Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance and his punishment is to fall in love with himself without ever being able to accept the love. Therefore, when he drinks from a pool, he falls in love with his reflection, but realizing he will never be able to love himself, he ...

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narcissism there was the "self-gratifying sexuality" that is not a part of the clinical definition today.
The idea of narcissism then began to include characteristics that were more familiar to personality and social psychologists. Ernest Jones derived narcissism as a character trait which he named, the "God-complex." Jones describes the God-complex as self-admiring, self-important, overconfident, with the big need for uniqueness and appraisal by others.
In Freud's, On Narcissism: An Introduction, he defends narcissism as being something children need as a maturational phase of healthy development, a "complement to the egoism of the instinct for self-preservation." Ralph Wälder published the first case study of someone with a disorder narcissistic personality. Wälder's case study set the definition of how the disorder is now defined. Heinz Kohut did however propose the term "narcissistic personality disorder in 1968.
According to the DSM-IV-TR, the diagnostic criteria for ...

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