17 Jun 2009

Narcissism and Shakespeare

Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,
And all my soul, and all my every part;
And for this sin there is no remedy,
It is so grounded inward in my heart.
Sonnet 62:1-4

Perhaps we are able to glimpse a bit of irony here. Is it really a sin to love oneself? A healthy and solid narcissism must be grounded inward in the heart so as to carry out its functions properly before the tribulations of existence.
However, at the same time that that is true, one who looks at oneself too often is lost. Becoming consumed with envy and the constant need to outdo the rest.
comments, thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I think that what I got the most out of therapy was a balance where I was able to see my real self and chose what was most suitable to my needs. Would putting me first be considered an unhealthy narcissism, or appropriate? Well, it was precisely that which I was able to begin distinguishing between. To thyself be true. That does not mean that I do not consider others, but I do not subject myself or compromise myself.
    Great post Helaine. Very interesting topic. I look forward to reading everyones comments on the subject.



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